Abstract

A new, improved design of an all-optical flip flop is proposed. The waveguiding layer of the device consists of a phase-shifted nonlinear grating. The grating layers of a high refractive index have a negative nonlinear coefficient. A phase-shift section exists at the middle of the waveguiding layer. The optical gain is provided by current injection into an active layer. Nonlinearity in the waveguiding layer is achieved by direct absorption at the edge of the absorption band (Urbach tail). In the “OFF” state, the waveguiding layer forms a weak grating with an optical feedback below the laser threshold. In the “ON” state, the device functions as a distributed feedback (DFB) laser due to an induced strong grating in the nonlinear waveguiding layer. The improvements of the device performance by reducing the set pulse energy and accelerating the switch-off process are discussed. Field simulations in the time domain were performed.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (10)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (7)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription