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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1986
  • pp: 1594–1597

Polarization and optical logic

Adolf W. Lohmann  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 25, Issue 10, pp. 1594-1597 (1986)

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The design of an optical logic parallel processor is described. The central component is a Fabry-Perot cavity, filled with a nonlinear layer and a linear anisotropic layer, such as a sheet of mica. The two logic states are represented by two orthogonal states of the polarization of the light beam. Polarization logic, compared with on/off logic (bright or dark), requires less power, generates less heat, and is better suited for cascading.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 25, 1985
Published: May 15, 1986

Adolf W. Lohmann, "Polarization and optical logic," Appl. Opt. 25, 1594-1597 (1986)

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