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Two photon absorption effect on all-optical semiconductor based switching nonlinear directional coupler
Author(s): Amin Ghadi; Saeed Mirzanezhad; Farshad Sohbatzadeh
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Paper Abstract

As the semiconductor materials have strong nonlinear optical effects, they have a great deal of attention in ultrafast alloptical data processing. In semiconductors, the free carriers (FC) density change with field intensity in process of Two Photon Absorption (TPA), and leads to second order intensity dependant in refractive index and loss. In this paper, in addition to Kerr effect, the nonlinear optical effects (TPA) and free carriers is studied theoretically in nonlinear directional couplers by starting from Maxwell's equations and perturbation method. As results show that TPA and FC limit the field transmission between waveguides stronger than Kerr effect and the threshold of filed intensity decreases one order of magnitude. This phenomenon has important applications in switching operation when coupling and decoupling optical wave is needed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7728, Nonlinear Optics and Applications IV, 77281F (4 June 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847510
Show Author Affiliations
Amin Ghadi, Univ. of Mazandaran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Saeed Mirzanezhad, Univ. of Mazandaran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Farshad Sohbatzadeh, Univ. of Mazandaran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7728:
Nonlinear Optics and Applications IV
Benjamin J. Eggleton; Alexander Luis Gaeta; Neil G. R. Broderick, Editor(s)

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