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Active holographic interconnects for interfacing volume storage
Author(s): Lawrence H. Domash; Jay R. Schwartz; Arthur R. Nelson; Philip S. Levin
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Paper Abstract

In order to achieve the promise of terabit/cm3 data storage capacity for volume holographic optical memory, two technological challenges must be met. Satisfactory storage materials must be developed and the input/output architectures able to match their capacity with corresponding data access rates must also be designed. To date the materials problem has received more attention than devices and architectures for access and addressing. Two philosophies of parallel data access to 3-D storage have been discussed. The bit-oriented approach, represented by recent work on two-photon memories, attempts to store bits at local sites within a volume without affecting neighboring bits. High speed acousto-optic or electro- optic scanners together with dynamically focused lenses not presently available would be required. The second philosophy is that volume optical storage is essentially holographic in nature, and that each data write or read is to be distributed throughout the material volume on the basis of angle multiplexing or other schemes consistent with the principles of holography. The requirements for free space optical interconnects for digital computers and fiber optic network switching interfaces are also closely related to this class of devices. Interconnects, beamlet generators, angle multiplexers, scanners, fiber optic switches, and dynamic lenses are all devices which may be implemented by holographic or microdiffractive devices of various kinds, which we shall refer to collectively as holographic interconnect devices. At present, holographic interconnect devices are either fixed holograms or spatial light modulators. Optically or computer generated holograms (submicron resolution, 2-D or 3-D, encoding 1013 bits, nearly 100 diffraction efficiency) can implement sophisticated mathematical design principles, but of course once fabricated they cannot be changed. Spatial light modulators offer high speed programmability but have limited resolution (512 X 512 pixels, encoding about 106 bits of data) and limited diffraction efficiency. For any application, one must choose between high diffractive performance and programmability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1662, Image Storage and Retrieval Systems, (1 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58505
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence H. Domash, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Jay R. Schwartz, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Arthur R. Nelson, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Philip S. Levin, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1662:
Image Storage and Retrieval Systems
Albert A. Jamberdino; Carlton Wayne Niblack, Editor(s)

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