We demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, the switching of optical solitons. We observe switching of 93% of the total reflected energy in a partially transmitting integrated fiber loop mirror that makes up the interferometer. This result demonstrates the potential of solitons as the natural bits in ultrafast optical processing.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 24, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 1989
Published: July 15, 1989
K. J. Blow, N. J. Doran, and B. K. Nayar, "Experimental demonstration of optical soliton switching in an all-fiber nonlinear Sagnac interferometer," Opt. Lett. 14, 754-756 (1989)