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

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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
PublisherOptica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
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
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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