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Information Processing, Optical

  1. Bahram Javidi1,
  2. Joseph L. Horner2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap431.pub2

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Javidi, B. and Horner, J. L. 2005. Information Processing, Optical. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Connecticut, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, USA

  2. 2

    RL/EROP, Air Force Research Laboratory, Bedford, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


This article presents a brief review of the fundamentals of optical information processing. We discuss optical information processing techniques, materials and devices for optical processing, optical pattern recognition, optical security, optical neural computing, and optical memory. Optical image processing algorithms and architectures as well as basic hardware concepts such as the fundamentals of optical spatial light modulators are reviewed.


  • optical information processing;
  • optical imaging;
  • optical pattern recognition;
  • optical security;
  • optical spatial light modulators;
  • optical neural computing;
  • optical memory