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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11671–11682

Light-bullet routing and control with planar waveguide arrays

Matthew O. Williams, Colin W. McGrath, and J. Nathan Kutz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11671-11682 (2010)

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Spatial mode-locking in three dimensions can be achieved in a slab waveguide array architecture. This study focuses on using the resulting robust and self-starting light bullet formation for photonics applications. Specifically, light bullets can be manipulated through a simple electronically addressable spatial gain dynamics. By applying gain ramps in time and/or space via electronics technology, complete control and manipulation of the light bullets can be achieved, thus allowing for the construction of the master logic gates of NAND and NOR. Its robustness, self-starting behavior and easy addressability suggest that the slab waveguide array mode-locking merits serious consideration as a next generation photonics device.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(230.7400) Optical devices : Waveguides, slab

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2010
Published: May 18, 2010

Matthew O. Williams, Colin W. McGrath, and J. Nathan Kutz, "Light-bullet routing and control with planar waveguide arrays," Opt. Express 18, 11671-11682 (2010)

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