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Impulse-equivalent time-domain optical memory
Author(s): Xiao An Shen; Ravinder Kachru
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Paper Abstract

We propose a novel approach to time-domain storage of serial optical data. In this approach, two identical impulse- equivalent sequences are used as write and read pulses to store and later retrieve optical information. These pulse sequences are both amplitude- and phase-modulated in such a way that their autocorrelations resemble, as closely as theoretically possible, the autocorrelation of a single large brief pulse to ensure faithful data retrieval. Such impulse-equivalent sequences are known to exist for all lengths, permitting the storage of large bandwidth data. In a proof-of-concept experiment, we have successfully stored a 42-microsecond long stream containing 420 bits of data in a 40-MHz spectral channel in a Eu3+:Y2SiO5 crystal. The stored data was repeatedly recalled for up to eight times with high signal fidelity, showing no measurable sidelobe-induced noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2890, Optical Recording, Storage, and Retrieval Systems, (20 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.251971
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Xiao An Shen, SRI International (United States)
Ravinder Kachru, SRI International (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2890:
Optical Recording, Storage, and Retrieval Systems
Baogen Feng; Yoshito Tsunoda, Editor(s)

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