Proceedings PaperOptical Bistability: Semiconductor Devices For Digital Optical Signal Processing
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During the past years, rapid progress has been made in the development of optically bistable semiconductor devices that may be the key elements in future photonic switching and information processing systems. This paper examines especially the potentialities of hybrid components where a self-electrooptic effect is achieved by combining optoelectronic and electrooptic mechanisms. The switching properties of thermooptical and electrooptical Fabry-Perot SEED structures are discussed in detail. The results are compared with experimental data of best reported switching devices that are capable of achieving a processing rate of more than 1012 bits per second and chip in a two-dimensional array.