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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2009
  • pp: 3310–3312

Optical memory based on ultrafast wavelength switching in a bistable microlaser

Sergei V. Zhukovsky and Dmitry N. Chigrin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 21, pp. 3310-3312 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.003310


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Abstract

We propose an optical memory cell based on ultrafast wavelength switching in coupled-cavity microlasers, featuring bistability between modes separated by several nanometers. A numerical implementation is demonstrated by simulating a two-dimensional photonic crystal microlaser. Switching times of less than 10 ps , switching energy around 15 30 fJ , and on–off contrast of more than 40 dB are achieved. Theoretical guidelines for optimizing the performance of the memory cell in terms of switching time and energy are drawn.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(210.4680) Optical data storage : Optical memories
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: June 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 26, 2009
Published: October 23, 2009

Citation
Sergei V. Zhukovsky and Dmitry N. Chigrin, "Optical memory based on ultrafast wavelength switching in a bistable microlaser," Opt. Lett. 34, 3310-3312 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-21-3310


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