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Digital fiber optic delay line memory
Author(s): David B. Sarrazin; Harry F. Jordan; Vincent P. Heuring
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Paper Abstract

Characteristics of digital synchronous delay-line memories that use pulse stretching to compensate for phase variations are presented. When optical fiber is used as the delay medium, the choice of carrier wavelength determines which mechanism (thermal variation or dispersion) limits the maximum memory size. If implemented at the dispersion-minimum wavelength of 1310 nm using a laser with lmewidth 1.55 nm and 50% duty cycle, a memory could store up to 22 million bits before dispersion dominates, but such a system would require thermal stabilization to within 0.002C. A digital fiberoptic delay line memory will be built for a bit-serial optical computer, where each switching element is a lithium niobate directional coupler having an electro-optic control terminal. Non-idealities in this type of switch, such as attenuation, crosstalk, and polarization losses, will have negligible effects on the memory. Intermittent regeneration errors at the electrooptic boundary will also be minor. For a bit modulation frequency of 100 MHz, a single-line 2000-bit memory can be reliably implemented without thermal compensation for a lab variation of A memory system incorporating L delay lines would reduce both the average access time and the thermal sensitivity of the system by a factor of L. The number of additional switches required by such a memory is roughly 5L in a system accounting for regeneration needs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1215, Digital Optical Computing II, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18084
Show Author Affiliations
David B. Sarrazin, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Harry F. Jordan, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Vincent P. Heuring, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1215:
Digital Optical Computing II
Raymond Arrathoon, Editor(s)

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