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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2013
  • pp: 374–376

All-optical switching of a microcavity repeated at terahertz rates

Emre Yüce, Georgios Ctistis, Julien Claudon, Emmanuel Dupuy, Robin D. Buijs, Bob de Ronde, Allard P. Mosk, Jean-Michel Gérard, and Willem L. Vos  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 3, pp. 374-376 (2013)

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We have repeatedly and reproducibly switched a GaAs-AlAs planar microcavity operating in the “original” telecom band by exploiting the virtually instantaneous electronic Kerr effect. We achieve repetition times as fast as 300 fs, thereby breaking the terahertz modulation barrier. The rate of the switching in our experiments is only determined by optics and not by material-related relaxation. Our results offer opportunities for fundamental studies of cavity quantum electrodynamics and optical information processing in the subpicosecond time scale.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices
(200.6715) Optics in computing : Switching

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: November 8, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 30, 2012
Published: January 31, 2013

Emre Yüce, Georgios Ctistis, Julien Claudon, Emmanuel Dupuy, Robin D. Buijs, Bob de Ronde, Allard P. Mosk, Jean-Michel Gérard, and Willem L. Vos, "All-optical switching of a microcavity repeated at terahertz rates," Opt. Lett. 38, 374-376 (2013)

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