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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2318–2325

Optical flip–flop memory and data packet switching operation based on polarization bistability in a telecommunication optical fiber

P.-Y. Bony, M. Guasoni, E. Assémat, S. Pitois, D. Sugny, A. Picozzi, H. R. Jauslin, and J. Fatome  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 8, pp. 2318-2325 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.30.002318


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Abstract

We report the experimental observation of bistability and hysteresis phenomena of the polarization signal in a telecommunication optical fiber. This process occurs in a counterpropagating configuration in which the optical beam nonlinearly interacts with its own Bragg-reflected replica at the fiber output. The proof of principle of optical flip–flop memory and 10Gbit/s routing operation is also reported based on this polarization bistability. Finally, we also provide a general physical understanding of this behavior on the basis of a geometrical analysis of an effective model of the dynamics. Good quantitative agreement between theory and experiment is obtained.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(250.4745) Optoelectronics : Optical processing devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2013
Published: July 31, 2013

Citation
P.-Y. Bony, M. Guasoni, E. Assémat, S. Pitois, D. Sugny, A. Picozzi, H. R. Jauslin, and J. Fatome, "Optical flip–flop memory and data packet switching operation based on polarization bistability in a telecommunication optical fiber," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 2318-2325 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-30-8-2318

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