An interferometer modulator uses a beamsplitter to produce deflected and transmitted light beams onto mirrored surfaces of a piezoelectric crystal pair, one piezoelectric crystal being driven by a modulating voltage signal, whereupon the light beams are reflected back to the beamsplitter to produce a modulated optical output signal, with the modulator being especially adaptable for use as a digital photonic clock, as a pulse width/amplitude modulator, and as a bistable optical memory cell. A self-switching optical digital clock generates a digital signal without piezoelectric crystals by using analog optical feedback signals of precise time durations. Interferometric modulation is also used to amplify a sinusoidal electromagnetic signal, to regulate signal amplification and to create logic functions.
Creating Specialized Optical Signals Using an Inferometer Modulator
The invention has been developed to provide circuitry and apparatus for utilizing electronic signals to create specialized optical signals by use of an interferometer modulator. An interferometer modulator uses controlled, dynamic interferometry and an optical source to create and process optical signals. It is a principal object of the present invention to provide an interferometric modulator for electromagnetic (e.g. optical) signals, which would have applications in computers and other processing networks.
Applications for an Inferometer Modulator
The present technology relates generally to computer optical processing circuits using interferometric techniques, and more specifically, to an interferometer modulator for optical signal processing. The invention further contemplates an interferometer modulator that is particularly suitable for use as a digital photonic clock, as a pulse width/amplitude modulator, and as a bi-stable optical memory cell, as an optical amplifier, amplitude regulator, and logic circuit.
Other applications include:
• Providing an interferometric optical modulator which can be utilized as a digital photonic clock circuit, a pulse width/amplitude modulator circuit, and a bi-stable optical-memory cell circuit.
• Providing a self-switching optical digital clock that generates a digital signal using analog optical feedback signals of precise time durations.
• Providing an optical amplifier circuit, amplitude regulator and logic circuits.
Status of the Inferometer Modulator Technology
A US Patent has been issued for this technology.
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