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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1997
  • pp: 2589–2595

Optical limiting and switching of short pulses by use of a nonlinear photonic bandgap structure with a defect

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JOSA B, Vol. 14, Issue 10, pp. 2589-2595 (1997)

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An extension of the recently introduced nonlinear finite-difference time-domain technique [Opt. Lett. 21, 1138 (1996)] for the study of electromagnetic wave propagation in a non-linear Kerr medium to include absorption is presented. The optical limiting and switching of short pulses by use of a nonlinear quarter-wave reflector (a one-dimensional photonic bandgap structure) with a defect is studied. Comparison with an optical limiter and with an optical switch with a perfect nonlinear quarter-wave reflector shows that introducing a defect can improve the performance of these devices.

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P. Tran, "Optical limiting and switching of short pulses by use of a nonlinear photonic bandgap structure with a defect," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 2589-2595 (1997)

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