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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 2 — Jun. 25, 2010
  • pp: 137–141

All-optical Flip-flop Operation Based on Polarization Bistability of Conventional-type 1.55-µm Wavelength Single-mode VCSELs

Seoung-Hun Lee, Hae-Won Jung, Kyong-Hon Kim, and Min-Hee Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of the Optical Society of Korea, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 137-141 (2010)

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We report, for the first time to our knowledge, observation of polarization bistability from 1.55-µm wavelength single-mode VCSELs of a conventional cylinder-shape under control of their driving current, and demonstration of all-optical flip-flop (AOFF) operations based on the bistability with optical set and reset pulse injection at a 50 MHz switching frequency. The injection pulse energy was less than 14 fJ. The average on-off contrast ratio of the flip-flopped signals was about 7 dB. These properties of the VCSELs will be potentially useful for future high-speed all-optical signal processing applications.

© 2010 Optical Society of Korea

OCIS Codes
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

Original Manuscript: April 27, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 1, 2010
Published: June 25, 2010

Seoung-Hun Lee, Hae-Won Jung, Kyong-Hon Kim, and Min-Hee Lee, "All-optical Flip-flop Operation Based on Polarization Bistability of Conventional-type 1.55-µm Wavelength Single-mode VCSELs," J. Opt. Soc. Korea 14, 137-141 (2010)

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