Abstract

Fundamental optical digital data-processing functions of optical inverter and optical AND elements are proposed and demonstrated experimentally for the first reported time using light-emitting diodes and a photodetector in a hybrid optoelectronic bistable system. The inherent simplicity of these bistable optical devices that use either a laser or a light-emitting diode should make it possible to realize these optical logic functions by monolithic optoelectronic integration. Specific integration schemes are also proposed, and future interesting and useful applications are discussed.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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