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The programmable processor

Reconfigurable optical chips made from 2D meshes of connected waveguides could pave the way for programmable, general purpose microwave photonics processors.

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Figure 1: Generic concept of the universal integrated microwave photonics processor.
Figure 2: The programmable optical core.

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Capmany, J., Gasulla, I. & Pérez, D. The programmable processor. Nature Photon 10, 6–8 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2015.254

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