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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 6 — Mar. 16, 2009
  • pp: 4640–4645

Low-power all-optical switch based on the bend effect of a nm fiber taper driven by outgoing light

Jianhui Yu, Raohui Feng, and Weilong She  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 6, pp. 4640-4645 (2009)

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We demonstrate a very simple all-optical switch (AOS) based on the bend effect of a nm fiber taper driven by outgoing light. The AOS operates at relative low control power compared with those of using nonlinear effect. In our configuration, we find that the turnoff and turnon time of the AOS are about 500ms and 760ms, respectively. The optimized extinction ratio of about 15db under 32mW control light at 980nm is achieved. This AOS effect will be very useful for creation of different interesting functional devices.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.4880) Optical design and fabrication : Optomechanics
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.2285) Optical devices : Fiber devices and optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: January 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2009
Published: March 9, 2009

Jianhui Yu, Raohui Feng, and Weilong She, "Low-power all-optical switch based on the bend effect of a nm fiber taper driven by outgoing light," Opt. Express 17, 4640-4645 (2009)

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