Time-frequency domain optical storage in rare-earth-doped materials

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  • Dr. Ravinder Kachru,

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    1. Molecular Physics Laboratory, SRI International 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (USA)
    • Molecular Physics Laboratory, SRI International 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (USA)
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  • Dr. Yu Sheng Bai,

    1. Molecular Physics Laboratory, SRI International 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (USA)
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  • Dr. Xiao-An Shen

    1. Molecular Physics Laboratory, SRI International 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (USA)
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  • This research was supported by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense, under Contract No. F49620-93-C-0076.

Abstract

The storage of information in the time domain through the use of spectral hole burning rare-earth-doped crystals is described. The technique, which is also known as stimulated echo, makes serial read/write data rates of 100 MHz possible. Applications include high-speed memory, signal processing, high-speed optical switching, optical interconnects, image processing, and logic operations.

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