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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 26 — Dec. 10, 2012
  • pp: B299–B305

Nonvolatile polarization control of a bistable VCSEL

Mathias Marconi, Stéphane Barland, and Massimo Giudici  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 26, pp. B299-B305 (2012)

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We report experimental evidence of nonvolatile all-optical memory operation using the two linear polarization states emitted from a GaAs oxide-confined VCSEL. The two polarization states coexist in a large range of pumping currents and substrate temperatures, and they can be controlled all-optically by exposing the device to polarization selective feedback, to crossed polarization reinjection orby injecting external light pulses. The active polarization state is recovered after powering off and on the VCSEL, while memory is lost if the substrate temperature is varied.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Waveguide and Optoelectronic Devices

Original Manuscript: October 1, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2012
Published: November 29, 2012

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European Conference on Optical Communication 2012 (2012) Optics Express

Mathias Marconi, Stéphane Barland, and Massimo Giudici, "Nonvolatile polarization control of a bistable VCSEL," Opt. Express 20, B299-B305 (2012)

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