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Laser Chemistry
Volume 20, Issue 2-4, Pages 81-87

Realization of Optical Logic Gates Using the Thermal Lens Effect

1International School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin 682022, India
2Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta 689645, India

Received 7 March 2002

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A sensitive method based on the principle of photothermal phenomena to realize optical logic gates is presented. A dual beam thermal lens method using low power cw lasers in a dye-doped polymer can be very effectively used as an alternate technique to perform the logical function such as NAND, AND and OR.