A Novel All-Optical Neural Network Based on Coupled Ring Lasers

  • Ying Chen
  • Qi-guang Zhu
  • Zhi-quan Li
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3973)


An all-optical neural network based on coupled ring lasers is proposed in this paper. Each laser in the network has a different wavelength, representing one neuron. The network status is determined by the wavelength of the network’s light output. Inputs to the network are in the optical power domain. The nonlinear threshold function required for neural-network operation is achieved optically by interaction between the lasers. A simple laser model developed in the paper has illuminated the behavior of the coupled lasers. An experimental system is implemented using single mode fiber optic components at wavelengths near 1550 nm. A number of functions are implemented to demonstrate the practicality of the new network. From the experiment, a conclusion can be obtained that the neural network is particularly robust against input wavelength variations.


Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Ring Laser Couple Laser Arrayed Waveguide Grating Fiber Ring Laser 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ying Chen
    • 1
  • Qi-guang Zhu
    • 2
  • Zhi-quan Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Electrical EngineeringYanshan UniversityQinhuangdaoChina
  2. 2.Institute of Information Science and EngineeringYanshan UniversityQinhuangdaoChina

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