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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 1999
  • pp: 847–849

Enhanced all-optical switching by use of a nonlinear fiber ring resonator

John E. Heebner and Robert W. Boyd  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 12, pp. 847-849 (1999)

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We predict dramatically reduced switching thresholds for nonlinear optical devices incorporating fiber ring resonators. The circulating power in such a resonator is much larger than the incident power; also, the phase of the transmitted light varies rapidly with the single-pass phase shift. The combined action of these effects leads to a finesse-squared reduction in the switching threshold, allowing for photonic switching devices that operate at milliwatt power levels in ordinary optical fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(200.4660) Optics in computing : Optical logic
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

John E. Heebner and Robert W. Boyd, "Enhanced all-optical switching by use of a nonlinear fiber ring resonator," Opt. Lett. 24, 847-849 (1999)

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