Abstract

An optical isochronous array processing method is proposed. An optical isochronous array processor (IAP) is a local regularly interconnected processing network that employs an array of identical optical processing elements. In an OIAP, incoming isochronous data are parallel processed in a fashion much like a propagating electromagnetic wavefront. For the various applications, the OIAP processing elements and their interconnections can be different. In this paper, various all-optical OIAP elements are considered. Applications ranging from optical binary number multiplication preprocessing to optical matrix algebra as wellas to optical residue arithmetic are presented.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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