A novel adaptive resonance theory (ART) device has been conceived that is fully optical in the input-output processing path. This device is based on holographic information processing in a phase-conjugating crystal. This sets up an associative pattern retrieval in a resonating loop utilizing angle-multiplexed reference beams for pattern classification. A reset mechanism is used to reject any given beam, allowing an ART search strategy. The design is similar to that of an existing nonlearning optical associative memory, but is does allow learning and makes use of information the other device discards. This new device is expected to offer higher information storage density that alternative ART implementations

Meeting Name

International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 1992. IJCNN


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

ART Search Strategy; Adaptive Resonance; Adaptive Resonance Theory; Angle-Multiplexed Reference Beams; Associative Pattern Retrieval; Content-Addressable Storage; Holographic Information Processing; Holographic Storage; Input-Output Processing Path; Optical Associative Memory; Optical Neural Nets; Optical Phase Conjugation; Pattern Classification; Phase Conjugation; Phase-Conjugating Crystal; Reset Mechanism; Resonating Loop

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1992 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 1992