Accession Number : ADA185511

Title :   Low-Cost Bistable Optical Device for Optical Computing Applications.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author : OPTRON SYSTEMS INC BEDFORD MA

Personal Author(s) : Warde, Cardinal ; Dillon, Robert

PDF Url : ADA185511

Report Date : Jan 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The Phase I effort conclusively demonstrated the feasibility of the low-cost bistable optical device (BOD) technology. After developing the required material processes to fabricate prototype devices, we fabricated a series of small-scale prototypes, evaluated their performance and optimized the fabrication procedure. The resulting prototypes contained approximately 2500 independent resolution elements in 2.25 sq. cm active area, operated with an optical gain of greater than 2.0, dissipated less than 0.2 W/sq. cm of electrical power, switched at speeds greater than 1.0 Hz, latched images generated by a weak light emitting diode, operated in excess of twelve hours without suffering performance degradation, and required less than three dollars of raw materials to produce.

Descriptors :   *BISTABLE DEVICES, *COMPUTATIONS, *LIGHT EMITTING DIODES, *OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, ELECTRIC POWER, FABRICATION, GAIN, LOW COSTS, LOW STRENGTH, MATERIALS, OPTICAL PROCESSING, OPTICS, PROTOTYPES, SWITCHING, VELOCITY

Subject Categories : Optics
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE