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All-Optical Polarization Switching in Fibers
Author(s): G. I. Stegeman; E. M. Wright; N. Finlayson; G. Assanto; W. C. Banyai; S. Trillo; S. Wabnitz; R. H. Stolen
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Paper Abstract

There has been recent progress in demonstrating the potential of all-optical devices for the switching of information on picosecond and subpicosecond time scales. In this paper we review the basic concepts of generic guided wave all-optical devices and discuss the material requirements. Fibers currently provide one of the best waveguiding media for all-optical switching. Two recent experiments on polarization switching in fibers are described, and the limitations on all-optical switching which they imply are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 1990
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 1085, Optical Fibres and Their Applications V, (30 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.952942
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G. I. Stegeman, University of Arizona (United States)
E. M. Wright, University of Arizona (United States)
N. Finlayson, University of Arizona (United States)
G. Assanto, University of Arizona (United States)
W. C. Banyai, University of Arizona (United States)
S. Trillo, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (Italy)
S. Wabnitz, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (Italy)
R. H. Stolen, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1085:
Optical Fibres and Their Applications V

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