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Appl Opt. 1997 May 10;36(14):3086-9.

Basic image-processing operations by use of acousto-optics.


We describe some basic optical image-processing operations with acousto-optic (AO) Bragg diffraction. Instead of using frequency-plane filters, we place an AO cell behind the object. We then realize experimentally one-dimensional edge enhancement, which utilizes a high-pass filtering effect in the undiffracted order from the AO cell. A numerical simulation compares well with the experimental results. With two AO cells oriented orthogonally to each other, a second-order mixed derivative operation, evident from the four-corner enhancement of a square, is also demonstrated.

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