We describe an all-optical programmable switch that can perform logic gate functions. This switch consists of a planar geometry germanium-doped silica waveguide, a Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:YAG laser, and the means of coupling laser light into different waveguiding modes of the thin film at the fundamental and second-harmonic frequencies. By the application of the appropriate optical programming sequence, the film-generated second-harmonic light can be made to perform the functionalities of various gates. In particular, a single waveguide was optically programmed to perform the or function and was then made to perform the and function with little change to the experimental arrangement.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
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