Abstract

Fundamental and practical limitations to be encountered in the implementation of massive free space optical interconnects are discussed in detail, and some improved architectures are proposed. The long term optimum design uses currently unavailable large arrays of laser diodes. An interim solution, using available spatial light modulators, is shown to be capable of storing ~1010 bits of information and performing ~1011 interconnections/s.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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