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Material figures of merit and implications to all-optical waveguide switching
Author(s): George I. Stegeman
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Paper Abstract

It is possible to define figures of merit which a nonlinear material must satisfy in order for it to be useful for all-optical switching in waveguides (as well as other nonlinear devices). Here we first discuss the physical basis for these figures of merit. Examples of materials in which these figures of merit both are and are not satisfied will be given. Finally the evolution of nonlinear directional couplers will be reviewed and the impact of figures of merit identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1993
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1852, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Advanced Materials, (23 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148458
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George I. Stegeman, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1852:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Advanced Materials
Shahab Etemad, Editor(s)

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