20 September 2007 Polarization optical processor, binary optical gates, wave polarization, thin films, and ellipsometry
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Abstract
We discuss the complex-plane representation of the polarization state of electromagnetic waves, of thin film polarization behavior, of ellipsometry, and of the polarization optical processor and binary gates. We discuss the general and special cases of representation for digital applications using two orthogonal polarization states. We also discuss two gate architectures and their operation. In addition, we present the polarization optical processor architecture and operation. The optical processor and gates do not require special logic and uses the current wealth of knowledge of digital design. They can be used to optically implement all current and future binary digital gates. The table-top realization of the gates is also briefly discussed. The optical processor and gates have much higher speeds and comparable or higher chip densities than achievable in the microelectronics industry as it is currently achieving its physical limits. In addition, the polarization optical processor and binary optical gates produce virtually no heat, which is a crucial advantage. Those are perfect solutions to the current end-of-the-road status of the semiconductor industry. Patent Pending.
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Y. A. Zaghloul, A. R. M. Zaghloul, "Polarization optical processor, binary optical gates, wave polarization, thin films, and ellipsometry", Proc. SPIE 6695, Optics and Photonics for Information Processing, 66950A (20 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.736350; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.736350
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