We report experimental observation of nonlinear all-optical switching of a 20-cm-long fiber Bragg grating. The grating is self-switched owing to the optical Kerr effect and in the nonlinear regime shows a 20-dB increase in transmissivity. This increase is a marked improvement from the switching results obtained from shorter gratings.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(350.2770) Other areas of optics : Gratings
N. G. R. Broderick, D. J. Richardson, and M. Ibsen, "Nonlinear switching in a 20-cm-long fiber Bragg grating," Opt. Lett. 25, 536-538 (2000)