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All-optical full logic unit with femtosecond switching
Author(s): Reiner P. Schmid; Juergen Reif
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Paper Abstract

We report on the realization of an all-optical full logic unit switching with a response time on the order of one femtosecond. The device is based on instantaneous transient gratings induced in a thin slide of barium fluoride by up to three femtosecond laser beams. The interference pattern from every tow of the non-collinear beams is, via optical Kerr effect, translated into a transient index grating which reacts within one optical cycle on the input since the applied light frequency is far from resonance in the material. As one consequence of the grating two strong beams of self phase matched third harmonic are generated, emerging in the middle between the two transmitted fundamentals. By introducing a third femtosecond beam we are able to emulate a demultiplexer, a decoder and simple adder. Since the output consists of the third harmonic of the input beams, the system works with uniquely high contrast.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4426, Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (25 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456869
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Reiner P. Schmid, Brandenburgische Technische Univ. Cottbus (Germany)
Juergen Reif, Brandenburgische Technische Univ. Cottbus (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4426:
Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication

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