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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1999
  • pp: 214–218

All-optical nor gate based on the interaction between cosine-shaped input beams of orthogonal polarization

M. Zitelli, E. Fazio, and M. Bertolotti  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 214-218 (1999)

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The design of an all-optical nor gate is presented. The logic operation is performed by the nonlinear Kerr interaction between beams that enter with cosine field shapes in a planar waveguide, as could be obtained, for example, by input channel guides. The beams have orthogonal polarizations. The gate is not phase dependent, grants a fan-out of two, and might also work in the presence of moderate nonlinear absorption.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(130.3750) Integrated optics : Optical logic devices
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in

M. Zitelli, E. Fazio, and M. Bertolotti, "All-optical NOR gate based on the interaction between cosine-shaped input beams of orthogonal polarization," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 214-218 (1999)

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