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ECE 4144 Introduction to Optical Information Processing

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ECE 4144 Introduction to Optical Information Processing (3C)

Modern wave optics. The application of Fourier transforms to image analysis, optical spatial filtering and image processing.

What is the reason for this course?

Use of optical techniques for information processing is a growing field.

Technical Elective. Typically offered: Spring. Program Area: Electromagnetics.

Prerequisites: C- or better in 3106.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

Electromagnetic wave propagation as in 3106 and Fourier transforms as in 3714

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate the basic elements of image formation systems
  • Design and implement the spatial filtering characteristics of optical systems
  • Develop holographic systems

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Linear System Theory and Fourier Transform in two dimensions. 18%
Fraunhofer and Fresnel Diffraction 12%
Huygen’s Principle and Kirchhoff’s integral 6%
Fourier transforming properties of lenses 10%
Coherent Optical Information Processing Systems 12%
Coherent Optical Complex Spatial Filtering 18%
Incoherent Optical Information Processing 12%
Holography 12%

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