Potentials of two-photon based 3-D optical memories for high performance computing. Academic Article uri icon


  • The advent of optoelectronic computers and highly parallel electronic processors has brought about a need for storage systems with enormous memory capacity and memory bandwidth. These demands cannot be met with current memory technologies (i.e., semiconductor, magnetic, or optical disk) without having the memory system completely dominate the processors in terms of the overall cost, power consumption, volume, and weight. As a solution, we propose an optical volume memory based on the two-photon effect which allows for high density and parallel access. In addition, the two-photon 3-D memory system has the advantages of having high capacity and throughput which may overcome the disadvantages of current memories.

published proceedings

  • Appl Opt

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Hunter, S., Kiamilev, F., Esener, S., Parthenopoulos, D. A., & Rentzepis, P. M.

citation count

  • 102

complete list of authors

  • Hunter, S||Kiamilev, F||Esener, S||Parthenopoulos, DA||Rentzepis, PM

publication date

  • May 1990