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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2009
  • pp: 5067–5071

Self-switching of solitons in an AlGaAs nanowire coupler

Amarendra K. Sarma  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 27, pp. 5067-5071 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.005067


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Abstract

We propose the design of an AlGaAs-nanowire-based coupler. We demonstrate that it can be used as a useful soliton switching device at the telecommunication wavelength of 1550 nm . Our analysis shows that nonlinear loss due to two-photon and three-photon absorption has almost no effect on the transmission characteristics of the coupler. The linear loss and the self-steepening effect can be made insignificant with a judicious choice of the initial pulse width and operating wavelength.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 1, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2009
Published: September 10, 2009

Citation
Amarendra K. Sarma, "Self-switching of solitons in an AlGaAs nanowire coupler," Appl. Opt. 48, 5067-5071 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-27-5067


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