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All-optical switching device for high performance computing
Author(s): Mary J. Potasek; T. Campbell
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Paper Abstract

Currently there is significant fundamental and practical interest in all-optical devices. For very high data rates, electro-optic or thermo-optic switching has speed limitations. Therefore all-optical switching is of considerable interest for ultrahigh data-rate computing. All-optical switching involves an intensity-dependent process. One useful configuration for optical switches is the nonlinear directional coupler. Optical switching in this device has been demonstrated for pulse widths in the picosecond region. However, these devices are relatively long which limits their practical application. By using femtosecond duration optical pulses we show that novel soliton-like coupled pulses can be used to perform all-optical switching in short nonlinear directional couplers. Because of the compact size (approximately 1 mm) and the high bit rate, a major application for these all-optical devices may be in high performance computing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4109, Critical Technologies for the Future of Computing, (17 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409229
Show Author Affiliations
Mary J. Potasek, Air Force Research Lab. and New York Univ. (United States)
T. Campbell, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4109:
Critical Technologies for the Future of Computing
Sunny Bains; Leo J. Irakliotis, Editor(s)

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