What Is an Optical Computer……………

An optical computer is a computer that performs its computation with photons as opposed to the more traditional electron-based computation.

There are two different types of optical computers.
􀂄 Electro-Optical Hybrid computers
􀂄 Pure Optical computers

Electro-Optical Hybrid

Use optical fibers and electric parts to read and direct data from the processor Light pulses send information instead of voltage packets.Processors change from binary code to light pulses using lasers.Information is then detected and decoded electronically back into binary.

Pure Optical Computers 

Use multiple frequencies.Information is sent throughout computer as light waves and packets.No electron based systems.No conversion from binary to optical necessary, greatly increasing the speed.



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