Abstract

We have constructed an optical neural-network system with learning capability by using a Pockels readout optical modulator. The system has a two-dimensional structure that permits easy optical alignment and can handle images without scanning. Learning signals are calculated optically with two liquid-crystal devices by a matrix–matrix outer-product method. The calculated learning signals are added directly to the weights memorized on the Pockels readout optical modulator. A two-layer network is implemented, and the learning and recognition of four alphabetical characters are realized according to the delta rule.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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