Proceedings PaperHybrid Optical Computing, Architecture And Design
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Optical signal processor has been shown to perform a myriad of complicated processing operations. It is primarily due to the profound diffraction phenomena of light. The essential merit of an optical signal processor must be the capability of processing the signal in complex amplitude, parallelism, large capacity, high speed and wavelength density. There are several processing operations that have been shown to be more efficient with optical techniques than their electronic counterparts. These operations are: Fourier transformation, convolution and correlation operations, spectrum analysis, and others. However, optical signal processors are still very inflexible as compared with the electronic computers.