Materials for Optical Information Processing

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Science  09 Nov 1984:
Vol. 226, Issue 4675, pp. 657-662
DOI: 10.1126/science.226.4675.657


The goal for optical information processing is to use the unique characteristics of light which are not readily achieved with electronic devices, namely, ultrahigh speed (picoseconds), a high degree of parallelism (image processing), and conductor-free interconnection. The requirements of the nonlinear materials to perform such functions, using all-optical interactions, are discussed and the limitations of the nonlinear mechanisms are outlined.

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