Accession Number:

ADA244845

Title:

High-Speed, High-Density, Coherent Time Domain Optical Memory

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.,

Corporate Author:

SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

Our goal is to quantitatively evaluate the concept of time-domain optical memory TDOM based on the stimulated photon echo technique and to prepare for the development of a working prototype. Earlier feasibility studies at SRI International showed that TDOM can store not only digital data in the form a series of on-off laser pulses but also two-dimensional 2-D images with the same readwrite speed. Despite work at SRI and elsewhere, until now the use of TDOM for 2-D images has not been carefully examined and the quality of echo images and their inherent spatial resolution have not been explored. These issues have an important bearing on TDOM as a high-speed, high-density storage device. This year, we focused on using the stimulated echo technique for 2-D image storage and image processing. Specific tasks included incorporating a gated intensified charge-coupled device CCD camera system for detecting echo images, digitally recording the echo images, and optimizing the optical system. We have also extended the earlier feasibility study on stimulated-echo-based, 2- D image storage and image processing and demonstrated storage and retrieval of the high-quality, high-resolution echo images. In addition, we demonstrated for the first time that nanosecond pattern recognition can be achieved using the stimulated echo approach. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE