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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1413–1415

All-optical switching of a single resonance in silicon ring resonators

Y. Henry Wen, Onur Kuzucu, Taige Hou, Michal Lipson, and Alexander L. Gaeta  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1413-1415 (2011)

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We theoretically investigate a wavelength-selective all-optical switch using Raman-induced loss in a silicon resonator add–drop filter. We show that picojoule control pulses can selectively modulate and “erase” a single cavity resonance from full extinction to greater than 97% transmission while leaving adjacent resonances undisturbed. Full switching is achievable in less than 300 ps with only a few hundred femtojoule energy dissipation. This represents, to our knowledge, the first scheme for selective modulation of single resonances of an optical cavity.

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OCIS Codes
(290.5910) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Raman
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices
(130.3990) Integrated optics : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: February 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2011
Published: April 13, 2011

Y. Henry Wen, Onur Kuzucu, Taige Hou, Michal Lipson, and Alexander L. Gaeta, "All-optical switching of a single resonance in silicon ring resonators," Opt. Lett. 36, 1413-1415 (2011)

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