Nonlinearity optimization in nonlinear joint transform correlators

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Three types of nonlinear transformations of the joint spectrum in nonlinear joint transform correlators (NLJTC‘s) are investigated with the purpose of achieving the highest discrimination capability in target location in a cluttered background: logarithmic transformation and the (1/k)th law transformation in combination with the limitation of the signal dynamic range and binarization by thresholding. By computer simulation carried out on a set of test images, it is shown that application of these transformations in NLJTC‘s may considerably improve the correlator‘s capacity to locate and recognize properly small objects on a cluttered background, provided there is proper selection of nonlinearity parameters. It is also shown that a moderate blur of the joint spectrum in such NLJTC‘s before nonlinear transformation is permissible, which simplifies the requirements of correlator optical alignment, the resolution power of correlator electronic components, or both.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4816-4822
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number20
StatePublished - 10 Jul 1997


  • Joint transform correlators
  • Matched filters
  • Optical correlators


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