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Novel polarization sensitive optoelectronic switching device for optical information processing
Author(s): Boris S. Ryvkin; Jan Danckaert; Christel Van de Poel; Michael Peeters; Hugo Thienpont; Irina P. Veretennicoff; Bart Dhoedt; Roel G. Baets
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Paper Abstract

An array compatible, fast and high contrast opto-electronic polarization sensitive switch is proposed. The element's electrical configuration is a standard p-i-n heterostructure under reverse bias voltage. Its optical configuration is very similar to an asymmetric Fabry-Perot resonator (AFPR) where an electroabsorptive i-layer is included between the p and n layers, as in a SEED. Both p- and n-layers are Bragg- reflectors. The front mirror of the AFPR is made slightly polarization dependent using a subwavelength grating etched in the top layer of the p-type reflector stack. We calculate the polarization dependent overall absorption and reflection of the device and model the steady state behavior and polarization induced switching properties, for an electroabsorption coefficient that increases linearly with applied voltage. Using a standard load-line analysis we show that changing the input polarization from TE to TM can lead to a dramatic decrease or increase in overall reflectivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2969, Second International Conference on Optical Information Processing, (27 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262557
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Boris S. Ryvkin, A.F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (Russia)
Jan Danckaert, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Christel Van de Poel, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Michael Peeters, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Hugo Thienpont, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Irina P. Veretennicoff, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Bart Dhoedt, Univ. of Ghent (Belgium)
Roel G. Baets, Univ. of Ghent (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2969:
Second International Conference on Optical Information Processing
Zhores I. Alferov; Yuri V. Gulyaev; Dennis R. Pape, Editor(s)

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