All-optical computation: a design for tackling a specific physical problem

B. S. Wherrett

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Abstract

The recent rise in interest in optical computation has been accompanied by a number of sophisticated proposals for optical processing elements and a number of relatively abstract conceptual statements as to what the optical computer architecture of the future might look like. By setting up a particular (elementary) physical problem and keeping within the practical restrictions set by existing optically bistable and nonlinear elements a design for an all-optical computational device is presented. Architectural considerations lead to such problems as optical storage or beam delay, computational loop operation, optical parallel processing, and all-optical clocking. Example solutions to each of these problems are given and a proposed architecture for a demonstration optical computational device is thereby built up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2876-2883
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Optics
Volume24
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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