The three-terminal spatial-soliton angular-deflection geometry provides the characteristics of an inverting logic gate with gain, and phase-insensitive implementations can be realized by a number of specific nonlinear interactions between orthogonally polarized waves. In particular, numerical simulations of spatial-soliton dragging and collision are used to calculate the transfer functions of inverter and multiple configurations of two-input nor gates and to address their cascadability. These transfer functions converge in cascaded operation and suggest that fan-out greater than 2 with a large noise margin is attainable in a system with standardized signal levels. These results are obtained with the material properties of fused silica and are representative of low-loss Kerr media.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 9, 2000
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 2000
Published: November 10, 2000
Steve Blair and Kelvin Wagner, "Cascadable spatial-soliton logic gates," Appl. Opt. 39, 6006-6018 (2000)