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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 8 — Apr. 16, 2007
  • pp: 4953–4959

Observation of counterclockwise, clockwise and butterfly bistabilty in 1550 nm VCSOAs

Christopher F. Marki, Douglas R. Jorgesen, Haijiang Zhang, Pengyue Wen, and Sadik C. Esener  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 4953-4959 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.004953


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Abstract

In this paper, we report counter-clockwise, clockwise, and, for the first time to our knowledge, butterfly bistability in 1550 nm Vertical Cavity Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (VCSOA). Bistable operation is experimentally observed for bias currents ranging from 66–122% of threshold with switching powers as low as 2 μW. These switching powers are two orders of magnitude lower than any previous results in 1550 nm VCSOAs. These switching powers are consistent with previous reports on optical bistability in 850 nm VCSOAs and provide an important step towards the realization of small footprint, low power optical logic/switching elements in the 1550 nm wavelength band.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(200.4560) Optics in computing : Optical data processing
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 13, 2007
Published: April 9, 2007

Citation
Christopher F. Marki, Douglas R. Jorgesen, Haijiang Zhang, Pengyue Wen, and Sadik C. Esener, "Observation of counterclockwise, clockwise and butterfly bistabilty in 1550 nm VCSOAs," Opt. Express 15, 4953-4959 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-8-4953


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