Abstract

The feasibility of using a Kerr magneto-optic-effect display as the input to a coherent optical computer is discussed and experimentally verified. Simple amplitude and phase distributions were generated on a continuous ferromagnetic thin film and their Fourier transforms were displayed with a lens. An experiment was performed demonstrating spatial filtering of a magneto-optically generated amplitude distribution. Magneto-optic generation of more complicated amplitude distributions requires a matrix-type thin-film structure and this input must be treated as sampled data.

© 1971 Optical Society of America

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