Abstract

Optical parallel processors have the potential for aiding the transfer of information over networks. The systems implications for a baseline architecture employing spatial light modulators, lenses, and charge-coupled devices are examined. Specifically, because many applications have stringent requirements on errors, this study concentrates on categorizing the potential error sources—both random and systematic—and presents the results of an error analysis for a pixel-to-pixel mapping system as a notional example.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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