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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1989
  • pp: 1257–1259

Ultrafast all-optical logic gates based on soliton trapping in fibers

M. N. Islam  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 1257-1259 (1989)

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Ultrafast all-optical soliton-trapping logic gates, including an inverter, exclusive OR, and AND, are experimentally demonstrated in birefringent fibers. The soliton-trapping logic gates are three terminal devices with orthogonally polarized inputs, phase-insensitive nonlinear operation, and switching energies of ~42 pJ. Using a 0.2-THz bandpass filter, the contrast ratio for the exclusive-OR gate is ~8:1, but the output pulses are ~10 times broader than the input pulse width. By widening the filter bandpass to 0.58 THz, an inverter is demonstrated with an ~4:1 contrast ratio and output pulses that can propagate as solitons in a fiber. Numerical simulations show that the output from the inverter can be cascaded to other trapping gates.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 12, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 1989
Published: November 15, 1989

M. N. Islam, "Ultrafast all-optical logic gates based on soliton trapping in fibers," Opt. Lett. 14, 1257-1259 (1989)

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