Superposition in optical computing

B. K. Jenkins, C. L. Giles

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The design of an optical computer must be based on the characteristics of optics and optical technology, and not on those of electronic technology. The property of optical superposition is considered and the implications it has in the design of computing systems is discussed. It can be exploited in the implementation of optical gates, interconnections, and shared memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-413
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Feb 8 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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