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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25500–25511

Mode junction photonics with a symmetry-breaking arrangement of mode-orthogonal heterostructures

Sunkyu Yu, Xianji Piao, Sukmo Koo, Jung H. Shin, Seung Hoon Lee, Bumki Min, and Namkyoo Park  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25500-25511 (2011)

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Junction structures provide the foundation of digital electronics and spintronics today. An equivalent, a photonic junction to achieve systematic and drastic control of photon flow is currently missing, but is mandatory for serious all-optical signal processing. Here we propose a photonic junction built upon mode-orthogonal hetero-structures, as a fundamental structural unit for photonic integrated circuits. Controlling the optical potential of mode-orthogonal junctions, the flow of photons can be dynamically manipulated, to complete the correspondence to the electronic junction structures. Of the possible applications, we provide examples of a photonic junction diode and a multi-junction half-adder, with exceptional performance metrics. Highly directional (41dB), nearly unity throughput, ultra-low threshold-power, high quality signal regeneration at 200Gb/s, and all-optic logic operations are successfully derived with the self-induced, bi-level dynamic mode-conversion process across the junction.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(200.4660) Optics in computing : Optical logic
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: September 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2011
Published: November 29, 2011

Sunkyu Yu, Xianji Piao, Sukmo Koo, Jung H. Shin, Seung Hoon Lee, Bumki Min, and Namkyoo Park, "Mode junction photonics with a symmetry-breaking arrangement of mode-orthogonal heterostructures," Opt. Express 19, 25500-25511 (2011)

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