Switches and Logic Gates Based on Photoisomerizable Molecules and Electric Linear Dichroism

Ana Moore (Inventor), Thomas Moore (Inventor)

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Abstract

Most computers today use all-electronic devices for doing the logic operations necessary for their function. This discovery allows the use of light as an input and output for a logic device. This would allow optical computing, in combination with electronic computing components. The method is exceptionally simple to implement, and is capable of miniaturization, and incorporation into three-dimensional arrays. It does not require physical addition of chemicals or internal diffusion of chemicals, and in this way is superior to chemical approaches to molecular logic.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Sep 29 2005

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