Bimodal optical computers

H. John Caulfield, John H. Gruninger, Jacques E. Ludman, K. Steiglitz, H. Rabitz, J. Gelfand, E. Tsoni

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Analog optical solutions of numerical problems tend to be fast, simple, and inaccurate. Digital optical or electronic solutions to the same problems tend to be slower, harder, and more accurate. In circumstances outlined here, hybrid analog-digital systems can be built which give the accuracy of digital solutions with intermediate degrees of speed and simplicity. Because at any instant these processors are working in either the analog or the digital mode, we call them bimodal optical computers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3128-3131
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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