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All-Optical Switching Transients In A Silicon Waveguide
Author(s): P. D. Colbourne; P. E. Jessop
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Paper Abstract

All-optical switching in silicon epilayer waveguides was investigated to determine the dependence of the transient recovery times on the "gate" pulse wavelength and the illumination geometry. Continuous wave light at a wavelength of 1.3 μm was end-fire coupled into planar waveguide structures and the guided beam path was then optically switched with a 500 psec-long gate pulse from a dye laser. Recovery times ranging from 1.2 to 15 nsec were observed. A numerical model was developed to predict the spatial and temporal free carrier distributions and the resulting deflection and absorption of the 1.3 μm beam. The variation in response speeds was shown to result from the increasing importance of Auger recombination at higher free carrier concentrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0994, Optoelectronic Materials, Devices, Packaging, and Interconnects II, (9 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960132
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P. D. Colbourne, McMaster University (Canada)
P. E. Jessop, McMaster University (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0994:
Optoelectronic Materials, Devices, Packaging, and Interconnects II
Glen M. McWright; Henry J. Wojtunik, Editor(s)

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