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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11514–11523

Ultrafast optical switching based on nonlinear polarization rotation in silicon waveguides

Jonathan Y. Lee, Lianghong Yin, Govind P. Agrawal, and Philippe M. Fauchet  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11514-11523 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.011514


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Abstract

We experimentally realize ultrafast all-optical switching in the 1.5-µm spectral region using cross-phase modulation inside a 5-mm long silicon waveguide. Modulation depths of up to 90% and switching window durations ~1 ps are achieved using 500-fs pump pulses with energies below 10 pJ.

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OCIS Codes
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: March 10, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2010
Published: May 14, 2010

Citation
Jonathan Y. Lee, Lianghong Yin, Govind P. Agrawal, and Philippe M. Fauchet, "Ultrafast optical switching based on nonlinear polarization rotation in silicon waveguides," Opt. Express 18, 11514-11523 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-11-11514


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