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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2288–2296

Design of phase-switched two-input Kerr flip-flops

Brian A. Daniel and Govind P. Agrawal  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 9, pp. 2288-2296 (2012)

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A two-input configuration for microresonators, exhibiting bistability owing to Kerr nonlinearity, could be used for the realization of optical flip-flops with switching speeds that are not limited by thermal effects. We present design considerations for such devices. The concept of phase switching is explained, and the results of numerical simulations clarify the conditions under which it will succeed. A thermal model is presented and used to understand the influence of the material properties and cavity structure on important operating parameters that will be relevant to any experimental effort to realize the device.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: May 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 10, 2012
Published: August 3, 2012

Brian A. Daniel and Govind P. Agrawal, "Design of phase-switched two-input Kerr flip-flops," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 2288-2296 (2012)

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