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Optical Engineering

Nonlinear Guided Wave Applications
Author(s): C. T. Seaton; Xu Mai; G. I. Stegeman; H. G. Winful
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Paper Abstract

Potential device applications of third-order nonlinear phenomena in guided wave structures are discussed. One of the waveguiding media is assumed to exhibit an intensity-dependent refractive index that results in both an intensity-dependent propagation wavevector and field distribution for the guided waves. These two characteristics lead to many interesting all-optical devices whose operating principles and power levels are outlined here. For example, the intensity-dependent field patterns can be used for thresholding and switching operations in a waveguide context. The intensity-dependent wavevector, used in conjuction with a distributed input or output coupler, can lead to devices such as optical limiters and light-controlled spatial scanners. When gratings are used as distributed feedback elements within a nonlinear waveguide, a whole class of novel devices such as bistable switches and optically tunable optical filters should be feasible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1985
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 24(4) doi: 10.1117/12.7973535
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 24, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
C. T. Seaton, University of Arizona (United States)
Xu Mai, University of Arizona (United States)
G. I. Stegeman, University of Arizona (United States)
H. G. Winful, GTE Laboratories Incorporated (United States)


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