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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 11 — Nov. 23, 1998
  • pp: 454–464

All-optical switching in distributed-feedback multiple-quantum-well waveguides

C. Coriasso, D. Campi, C. Cacciatore, L. Faustini, S. Mautino, C. Rigo, and A. Stano  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 11, pp. 454-464 (1998)

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We discuss experimental results that demonstrate all-optical switching and pulse-routing functionality, at 1.55 μm, of nonlinear multiple-quantum-well waveguides equipped with a Bragg grating. Basing on the nonlinear Time-Domain Beam Propagation Method, the switching behavior has been theoretically investigated using a model, developed as part of this work.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

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Focus Issue: Bragg solitons and nonlinear optics of periodic structures

Original Manuscript: October 1, 1998
Published: November 23, 1998

Claudio Coriasso, Domenico Campi, Carmelo Cacciatroe, L. Faustini, S. Mautino, C. Rigo, and A. Stano, "All-optical switching in distributed-feedback muiltiple-quantum-well waveguides," Opt. Express 3, 454-464 (1998)

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