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Bistable Optoelectronic Devices
Author(s): John G. McInerney
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Paper Abstract

We present a review of optical bistability in active and passive optoelectronic devices, with particular reference to switching speeds and powers. The large resonant nonlinearities available near the bandgaps of semiconductors may be utilized to develop bistable devices operating at low powers and high speeds. Passive devices are driven by external optical sources and include nonlinear etalons, nonlinear interfaces, self-focusing configurations and electro-optic modulators with electrical feedback. Active devices include injection lasers and superluminescent amplifiers. Potential advantages of active devices include speed, gain, sensitivity and the ability to drive other devices, but complexity and high power dissipation may limit their use in applications requiring high density.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0836, Optoelectronic Materials, Devices, Packaging, and Interconnects, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.967536
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John G. McInerney, University of New Mexico (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0836:
Optoelectronic Materials, Devices, Packaging, and Interconnects
Theodore E. Batchman; Richard Franklin Carson; Robert L. Galawa; Henry J. Wojtunik, Editor(s)

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