This paper presents new results and reviews the latest state of research in all-optical nonlinear logic switches, amplifiers, and memories. Optical circuit elements that perform the logic functions of the electronic computer are described. Switching speed on a picosecond time scale, the availability of fast high bandwidth consistent communication, and the application of optical parallelism in free space optical wiring are some advantages of the optical computing elements.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 2, 1985
Published: May 15, 1986
S. D. Smith, "Optical bistability, photonic logic, and optical computation," Appl. Opt. 25, 1550-1564 (1986)