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Photorefractive spatial solutions: a route towards optical switching
Author(s): Nicolas Fressengeas; Delphine Wolfersberger; Jean Maufoy; Godefroy Kugel
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Paper Abstract

All optical logic and switching is one of the key issues of optical computing and addressing. This paper proposes a low power switching technology with which switching can be achieved with optical powers on the scale of a few mW/cm2. This can be achieved by using a sensitive optical nonlinearity: the photorefractive effect. The drawback of the photorefractive effect sensitivity being its slow time response, this paper shows that this can be worked around by founding the switching technology on the transient photorefractive state rather than on its slow steady state.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 December 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3491, 1998 International Conference on Applications of Photonic Technology III: Closing the Gap between Theory, Development, and Applications, (4 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328736
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Nicolas Fressengeas, Univ. de Metz and Supelec (France)
Delphine Wolfersberger, Univ. de Metz and Supelec (France)
Jean Maufoy, Supelec (France)
Godefroy Kugel, Univ. de Metz (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3491:
1998 International Conference on Applications of Photonic Technology III: Closing the Gap between Theory, Development, and Applications

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