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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2006
  • pp: 341–343

Carrier-induced optical bistability in silicon ring resonators

Qianfan Xu and Michal Lipson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 341-343 (2006)

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We demonstrate optical bistability in a micrometer-sized silicon ring resonator based on the free-carrier dispersion effect in silicon. We measure the transfer function of the resonator showing a hysteresis loop with an input optical power of less than 10 mW . The influence of the thermal optical effect, which is minimized in the experiment by use of nanosecond pulses, is evaluated theoretically. Applications include sequential logic operations for all-optical routing.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: July 19, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2005

Qianfan Xu and Michal Lipson, "Carrier-induced optical bistability in silicon ring resonators," Opt. Lett. 31, 341-343 (2006)

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