Optical buffers are devices which can store optical signals for a period of time and could be valuable tools for applications such as optical storage, optical packet switching and all-optical signal processing providing the storage functionality in the optical domain, thus avoiding unwanted opto-electronic and eletro-optical conversions. During the last twenty years, there have been proposed many approaches for the implementation of optical buffers. The most straightforward scheme is the use of a fiber spool playing the role of a long-time optical delay line which requires either direct or indirect amplitude modulation to maintain the bit timing [1]. Other interesting techniques referring to optical buffering are slow-light [2], temporal solitons in optical cavities [3], excitability properties of optical devices [4] and photonic crystal nanocavities [5].

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