Departmental Papers (ESE)


Our theoretical modelings and experimental observations illustrate that the equilibrium-state luminescence of electron-trapping materials (ETMs) can be controlled to produce either excitatory or inhibitory responses to the same optical stimulus. Because of this property, ETMs have a unique potential in optical realization of neurobiologically based parallel computations. As a classic example, we have controlled the equilibrium-state luminescence of a thin film of this stimulable storage phosphor to make it behave similarly to the receptive fields of sensory neurons in the mammalian visual system, which are responsible for early visual processing.

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

June 2007


© 2007 Optical Society of America. Reprinted from Optics Letters, Volume 32, Issue 11, June 2007, pages 1501-1503.

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information processing, optical data processing, optical neural systems



Date Posted: 15 August 2007

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