Studies of Optical Matrix Multiplication and Reconfigurable Optical Interconnect Concepts
Final rept. 1 Nov 1986-30 Apr 1989
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CORP THOUSAND OAKS CA SCIENCE CENTER
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This contract studies unique optical computing concepts which use nonlinear optical phenomena to perform matrix multiplication and to provide reconfigurable optical interconnection. The study focuses on the use of real- time holography in nonlinear media such as photorefractive crystals for optical computing. By incorporating the parallel nature of optics in nonlinear media, it is possible to perform parallel matrix multiplication using four-wave mixing. In addition, the dynamic holography in nonlinear optical media provides a natural candidate for the configurable interconnection. The general problem in this program is to generate and investigate new concepts which use these nonlinear optical phenomena for optical computing. Specifically, this program investigates experimentally and theoretically the multiplication of matrices using optical four-wave mixing in nonlinear media, and the possibility of using such matrix multiplication and wave mixing for reconfigurable interconnection.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices