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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1988
  • pp: 1772–1779

Three-port reversible logic

Robert Cuykendall  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 9, pp. 1772-1779 (1988)

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Reliable optical switching at a nonlinear interface is obtained from the symmetry of a two-beam information lossless interaction. The device configuration, which is noise insensitive and cascadable, performs bit-conserving inverse and product functions reversibly. Numerical computations of the optical field redistribution at a dual-beam interface with opposing diffusive Kerr nonlinearities show the first reported evidence of Gaussianlike switching with high contrast.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 10, 1987
Published: May 1, 1988

Robert Cuykendall, "Three-port reversible logic," Appl. Opt. 27, 1772-1779 (1988)

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