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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 23 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 19382–19387

All-optical on-chip bit memory based on ultra high Q InGaAsP photonic crystal

Akihiko Shinya, Shinji Matsuo, Yosia, Takasumi Tanabe, Eiichi Kuramochi, Tomonari Sato, Takaaki Kakitsuka, and Masaya Notomi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 23, pp. 19382-19387 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.019382


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Abstract

We demonstrate all-optical bit memory operation with photonic crystal (PhC) nanocavities based on an InGaAsP substrate with a band gap at a wavelength of about 1.3 µm. The optical bistability is based on a refractive index modulation caused by carrier-plasma dispersion. The operating energy required for switching is only 30 fJ, and the minimum optical bias power for bistability is 40 µW, which is about one hundred times less than that required for laser based bistable memories.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(210.4680) Optical data storage : Optical memories
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optical Data Storage

History
Original Manuscript: September 25, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2008
Published: November 7, 2008

Citation
Akihiko Shinya, Shinji Matsuo, Yosia, Takasumi Tanabe, Eiichi Kuramochi, Tomonari Sato, Takaaki Kakitsuka, and Masaya Notomi, "All-optical on-chip bit memory based on ultra high Q InGaAsP photonic crystal," Opt. Express 16, 19382-19387 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-23-19382


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