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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • 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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.002831


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Abstract

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

History
Original Manuscript: August 11, 1997
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 1997
Published: May 10, 1998

Citation
Naimish S. Patel, Katherine L. Hall, and Kristin A. Rauschenbach, "Interferometric all-optical switches for ultrafast signal processing," Appl. Opt. 37, 2831-2842 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-14-2831

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