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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 1998
  • pp: 2831–2842

Interferometric All-Optical Switches for Ultrafast Signal Processing

Naimish S. Patel, Katherine L. Hall, and Kristin A. Rauschenbach  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 14, pp. 2831-2842 (1998)

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All-optical switches find applications in ultrahigh-speed network–user interfaces and in specialized high-speed processors, such as data regenerators and encryptors and microwave signal generators. We describe a semiconductor optical-amplifier-based single-arm interferometric switch called the ultrafast nonlinear interferometer. We discuss how the gain and the refractive-index nonlinearities in semiconductor optical amplifiers have an impact on the all-optical switch design, and we review experimental results obtained with the ultrafast nonlinear interferometer.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4250) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks

Naimish S. Patel, Katherine L. Hall, and Kristin A. Rauschenbach, "Interferometric All-Optical Switches for Ultrafast Signal Processing," Appl. Opt. 37, 2831-2842 (1998)

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