Photonic neural network nonlinear activation functions by electrooptic absorption modulators

Jonathan George, Amin Mehrabian, Rubab Amin, Tarek El-Ghazawi, Paul K. Prucnal, Volker J. Sorger

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


We report on using the transfer function of electrooptic absorption modulators as nonlinear activation functions of photonic neurons and show 95% accuracy of MNIST classification inference on an AlexNet in optical artificial neural networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Optics, FIO 2018
PublisherOSA - The Optical Society
ISBN (Print)9781943580460
StatePublished - 2018
EventFrontiers in Optics, FIO 2018 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Sep 16 2018Sep 20 2018

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
VolumePart F114-FIO 2018


OtherFrontiers in Optics, FIO 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


Dive into the research topics of 'Photonic neural network nonlinear activation functions by electrooptic absorption modulators'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this