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Meshing optics with applications

Two concurrent demonstrations of programmable photonic processors based on large meshes of interconnected waveguides on a silicon chip provide new hope for optical information processing.

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Figure 1: Artist's impression of a programmable photonic processor chip such as that demonstrated by Shen et al.1 consisting of a waveguide mesh of interconnected Mach–Zehnder interferometers.


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Miller, D. Meshing optics with applications. Nature Photon 11, 403–404 (2017).

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