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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 19 — Sep. 17, 2007
  • pp: 12380–12385

Low-threshold bistability of slow light in photonic-crystal waveguides

Sergei F. Mingaleev, Andrey E. Miroshnichenko, and Yuri S. Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 19, pp. 12380-12385 (2007)

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We analyze the resonant transmission of light through a photonic-crystal waveguide side coupled to a Kerr nonlinear cavity, and demonstrate how to design the structure geometry for achieving bistability and all-optical switching at ultralow powers in the slow-light regime. We show that the resonance quality factor in such structures scales inversely proportional to the group velocity of light at the resonant frequency and thus grows indefinitely in the slow-light regime. Accordingly, the power threshold required for all-optical switching in such structures scales as a square of the group velocity, rapidly vanishing in the slow-light regime.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2007
Published: September 14, 2007

Sergei F. Mingaleev, Andrey E. Miroshnichenko, and Yuri S. Kivshar, "Low-threshold bistability of slow light in photonic-crystal waveguides," Opt. Express 15, 12380-12385 (2007)

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