Optical Computer


Optical Computer

A computer that processes information encoded in patterns of light beams, different from today's conventional computers in which information is represented in electronic circuitry or encoded on magnetic surfaces. Each stream of photons can represent an independent sequence of data, thereby providing extremely massive parallel computation.

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News Articles that refer to Optical Computer

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Stored Program Optical Computer at University of Colorado
The Stored Program Optical Computer is the world's first general purpose all optical computer. The computer was built using fibers and lithium niobate directional couplers.