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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1717–1719

Self-guiding multimode interference threshold switch

J. Scott Rodgers, Stephen E. Ralph, and Richard P. Kenan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 23, pp. 1717-1719 (2000)

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We propose a new passive optical thresholding device that combines the principles of multimode interference (MMI) with self-guiding. The multimode region is composed of a nonlinear optical material that will support a self-guided beam (i.e., a material with a positive Kerr nonlinearity). The device operates by switching between the MMI mode of operation and the self-guiding mode of operation, depending on the input light intensity. We describe the basic principles of a self-guiding MMI device, simulate the device, and discuss design issues associated with these optically controlled optical switches.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

J. Scott Rodgers, Stephen E. Ralph, and Richard P. Kenan, "Self-guiding multimode interference threshold switch," Opt. Lett. 25, 1717-1719 (2000)

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