Optical bistability is one of the most promising ways toward optical dynamic memories. To overcome the fundamental limitations of electronics concerning speed and parallelism, optical logic elements have been demonstrated with fast response times andor parallel architectures. Concerning speed, the subpicosecond time scale has been reached for all-optical gates. Since computation requires a means to store transient data, there is a need to demonstrate an optical memory element with a switching time that can match the subpicosecond response time of all-optical gates.
This article is from 'Organization of the Optical Society of America Photonic Science Topical Meeting Series. Volume 7. Quantum Optoelectronics Held in Salt Lake City, Utah on 11-13 March 1991,' AD-A253 823, p74-77.