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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2006
  • pp: 341–343

Carrier-induced optical bistability in silicon ring resonators

Qianfan Xu and Michal Lipson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 341-343 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000341


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Abstract

We demonstrate optical bistability in a micrometer-sized silicon ring resonator based on the free-carrier dispersion effect in silicon. We measure the transfer function of the resonator showing a hysteresis loop with an input optical power of less than 10 ‚ÄČ mW . The influence of the thermal optical effect, which is minimized in the experiment by use of nanosecond pulses, is evaluated theoretically. Applications include sequential logic operations for all-optical routing.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 19, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2005

Citation
Qianfan Xu and Michal Lipson, "Carrier-induced optical bistability in silicon ring resonators," Opt. Lett. 31, 341-343 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-3-341

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