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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 13, 2009
  • pp: 6293–6300

All-optical memory based on the injection locking bistability of a two-color laser diode

S. Osborne, K. Buckley, A. Amann, and S. O’Brien  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 6293-6300 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.006293


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Abstract

We study the injection locking bistability of a specially engineered two-color semiconductor Fabry-Pérot laser. Oscillation in the uninjected primary mode leads to a bistability of single mode and two-color equilibria. With pulsed modulation of the injected power we demonstrate an all-optical memory element based on this bistability, where the uninjected primary mode is switched with 35 dB intensity contrast. Using experimental and theoretical analysis, we describe the associated bifurcation structure, which is not found in single mode systems with optical injection.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: November 21, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2009
Published: April 2, 2009

Citation
S. Osborne, K. Buckley, A. Amann, and S. O’Brien, "All-optical memory based on the injection locking bistability of a two-color laser diode," Opt. Express 17, 6293-6300 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-8-6293


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