Abstract

We carried out real-time optical image subtraction and edge enhancement based on a speckle modulation technique by using ferroelectric liquid-crystal polarization switches and a ferroelectric liquid-crystal spatial light modulator. A ferroelectric liquid-crystal spatial light modulator is employed as a real-time and multiple-exposure optical device, and successful results are obtained from three-exposure images modulated by speckles. Thus, image subtraction and edge enhancement are realized in real time. The whole operation is performed within several milliseconds with modest operating conditions. Because the spatial light modulator has a high resolution of greater than 100 line pairs/mm and can store fine speckle patterns, the image qualities we obtained are quite satisfactory.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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