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Physics Of Low Energy Optical Switching
Author(s): Mario Dagenais; Wayne F. Sharfin
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Paper Abstract

The physics of low-energy optical switching in both ideal and experimental devices is discussed. Guided-wave optical bistable devices are predicted to have the lowest switching energy per unit gain of any optical switching devices. So far, the bistable diode laser amplifier is the only optical device which can switch with the same switching efficiency as the best electronic device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0800, Novel Optoelectronic Devices, (22 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941201
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Mario Dagenais, GTE Laboratories Incorporated (United States)
Wayne F. Sharfin, GTE Laboratories Incorporated (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0800:
Novel Optoelectronic Devices
M. J. Adams, Editor(s)

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