Coherent Optical Data Processing Technology 700171

The purpose of this paper is to present a brief discussion of the fundamental processes of coherent optics which can be used to perform mathematical operations such as Fourier Transformation, bandpass and bandstop filtering, convolution, and cross correlation. A cylindrical optical system presented can simultaneously process many channels of data.
Coherent optical computers are compared with digital computers and problem areas in optical instrumentation and parameter specification for optics are reviewed.
Brief comments are made on the possibility of utilizing a coherent optical computer in developing a vehicular diagnostic system. The objective of the system is to analyze signals received from sensors located on the vehicle and pinpointing parts which are malfunctioning. At the present time the general solution to this problem is not available.


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