We describe a superparallel holographic optical correlator that performs two-dimensional spatial and angular multiplexing simultaneously. The key step in this architecture is the use of a holographic multiplexer to split a query image into many copies before it applies them to the holographic database. A holographic demultiplexer, in conjunction with an aperture, is used to identify the location and the angle of the brightest correlation peak. This architecture uses only O(√<i>N</i>) detector elements to search through <i>N</i> unsorted images in a single query. We demonstrate the basic features of this architecture, using three spatial locations with eight angle-multiplexed images in each location.
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M. S. Shahriar, R. Tripathi, M. Kleinschmit, J. Donoghue, W. Weathers, M. Huq, and J. T. Shen, "Superparallel holographic correlator for ultrafast database searches," Opt. Lett. 28, 525-527 (2003)