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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 6169–6179

All-optical microdisk switch using EIT

B.D. Clader, S.M. Hendrickson, R.M. Camacho, and B.C. Jacobs  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 6169-6179 (2013)

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We present theoretical results of a low-loss all-optical switch based on electromagnetically induced transparency and the quantum Zeno effect in a microdisk resonator. We show that a control beam can modify the atomic absorption of the evanescent field which suppresses the cavity field buildup and alters the path of a weak signal beam. We predict more than 35 dB of switching contrast with less than 0.1 dB loss using just 2 μW of control-beam power for signal beams with less than single photon intensities inside the cavity.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: January 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2013
Published: March 4, 2013

B.D. Clader, S.M. Hendrickson, R.M. Camacho, and B.C. Jacobs, "All-optical microdisk switch using EIT," Opt. Express 21, 6169-6179 (2013)

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