Optical Computing Hardware: Optical Computing

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Academic Press, May 10, 2014 - Technology & Engineering - 344 pages
Optical Computing Hardware provides information pertinent to the advances in the development of optical computing hardware. This book discusses the two application areas, namely, high-performance computing and high-throughput photonic switching.
Organized into 11 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the requirements on hardware from s system perspective. This text then presents the self-electro-optic-effect devices (SPEED), the vertical-cavity-surface- emitting microlasers (VCSEL), and the vertical-to-surface transmission electrophotonic device (VSTEP). Other chapters consider the fundamental principles of the devices and their operation either as logic devices or for optical interconnection applications. This book discusses as well the planar optical microlens as an example of a refractive microlens of the gradient-index type and explains the diffractive optical elements. The final chapter describes a method for writing and reading optically in parallel from a three-dimensional matrix by means of two-photon interaction in photochromic organic materials.
This book is a valuable resource for engineers, scientists, and researchers.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Architectural Considerations for Optical Computing and Photonic Switching
1
Chapter 2 SelfElectroOptic Effect Devices for Optical Information Processing
45
Chapter 3 VerticaltoSurface Transmission Electrophotonic Devices
73
Chapter 4 Microlaser Devices for Optical Computing
99
Chapter 5 Physics of Planar Microlenses
113
Chapter 6 Diffractive Optical Elements for Optical Computers
137
Chapter 7 Diffractive Microlenses Fabricated by ElectronBeam Lithography
169
Chapter 8 Parallel Optical Interconnections
193
Chapter 9 Multiple Beamsplitters
227
Chapter 10 Photorefractive Optical Interconnects
249
Chapter 11 ThreeDimensional Optical Storage Memory by Means of TwoPhoton Interaction
287
INDEX
327
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