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Optical Engineering

Fabry-Pérot confocal resonator optical associative memory
Author(s): Thomas J. Burns; Steven K. Rogers; George A. Vogel
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Paper Abstract

unique optical associative memory architecture is presented that combines the optical processing environment of a Fabry-Pérot confocal resonator with the dynamic storage and recall properties of volume holograms. The confocal resonator reduces the size and complexity of previous associative memory architectures by folding a large number of discrete optical components into an integrated, compact optical processing environment. Experimental results demonstrate the system is capable of recalling a complete object from memory when presented with partial information about the object. A Fourier optics model of the system's operation shows it implements a spatially continuous version of a discrete, binary Hopfield neural network associative memory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 32(3) doi: 10.1117/12.61204
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 32, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Burns, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Steven K. Rogers, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
George A. Vogel, U.S. Air Force (United States)


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