Nonlinear Optical Storage and Interconnection Concepts

  • Cornelia Denz


Now that we have got an insight in the phenomena of nonlinear optics as well as in the principles of neural networks, we have to combine them in order to derive ideas, concepts and requirements for the realization of all-optical neural networks. We have to discuss, which of the processes explained in the preceeding chapter are well-suited for a certain task that arises in the neural network concepts I have presented in chapter 2. Therefore, the present and the following chapters introduce the actual concepts of how to realize the main components necessary to build up all-optical models of neural networks.


Cross Talk Diffraction Efficiency Reference Beam Spatial Light Modulator Reference Wave 
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Further Reading

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    P. Yeh Photorefractive nonlinear optics and optical computing, Opt. Eng. 28 (1989), p. 328–343. A concise description of the possibilities to realize optical computing algorithms using photorefractive materials.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    L. Solymar, D.J. Cooke, Volume holography and volume gratings, Academic Press, London (1981). A very profound derivation of volume grating recording and reconstruction in different materials as well on coupled wave theory.Google Scholar
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    F.T.S. Yu and S. Jutamulia, Eds., Optical Storage and Retrieval, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1996. This novel collection of application of optics to storage and neural networks contains, among others, an interesting chapter on Optical Neural Network Architec- tures, by T. Lu and D. Mintzer.Google Scholar
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    S. Bains, Holographic storage: From pixel to bits, OE Reports, Mai 1995, p. 2. A short introduction into holographic data storage and its application to digital data.Google Scholar
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    W.E. Moerner, ed, Persistent spectral hole burning: science and applications, Vol. 44 of Topics in Current Physics, Springer Verlag, Berlin (1988).A well-written introduction into the principles of hole burning and an overview over possible applications.Google Scholar
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    E. Manykin and V. Samartsev, Optical Echo Spectroscopy, Nauka, Moskow, 1984. A more theoretic work on photon echo and its applications to optical processing and spectroscopy.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cornelia Denz
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  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte Optik, AG Photorefraktive OptikTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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