Abstract

We show that nonlinear directional couplers with variable coupling coefficients can be used to compose a special kind of switching matrix. The switching matrix can be controlled by the signal itself or by a strong pump. Light routing is realized by adjustment of the power of the signal or the pump. Because light routing is based on the optical Kerr effect, ultrafast routing is possible.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

1988 (1)

1982 (1)

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Kawahara, M.

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[CrossRef]

Lederer, F.

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[CrossRef]

Leutheuser, V.

V. Leutheuser, U. Langbein, and F. Lederer, Opt. Commun. 75, 251 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Li, Q.

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, Q. Li, and G. L. Jin, Opt. Commun. 218, 113 (2003).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, G. L. Jin, and Q. Li, Appl. Opt. 41, 5022 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Liang, B. M.

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, Q. Li, and G. L. Jin, Opt. Commun. 218, 113 (2003).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, G. L. Jin, and Q. Li, Appl. Opt. 41, 5022 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Liu, G. J.

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, Q. Li, and G. L. Jin, Opt. Commun. 218, 113 (2003).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, G. L. Jin, and Q. Li, Appl. Opt. 41, 5022 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Okayama, H.

H. Okayama and M. Kawahara, Electron. Lett. 30, 1128 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Romagnoli, M.

M. Romagnoli, S. Trillo, and S. Wabnitz, Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, S1237 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Sabini, J. P.

J. P. Sabini, N. Finlayson, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 55, 1176 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Sfez, B. G.

Silberberg, Y.

Stegeman, G. I.

G. I. Stegeman and E. M. Wright, Opt. Quantum Electron. 22, 95 (1990).
[CrossRef]

J. P. Sabini, N. Finlayson, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 55, 1176 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. S. Aitchison, A. Villeneuve, J. U. Kang, and G. I. Stegeman, in Towards Terabit Transmission, IEE Seminar Digest 110 (Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, 1995), pp. 7/1–7/6.

Strebel, B.

N. Keil, H. H. Yao, C. Zawadzki, and B. Strebel, Electron. Lett. 31, 403 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Trillo, S.

M. Romagnoli, S. Trillo, and S. Wabnitz, Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, S1237 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Villeneuve, A.

J. S. Aitchison, A. Villeneuve, J. U. Kang, and G. I. Stegeman, in Towards Terabit Transmission, IEE Seminar Digest 110 (Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, 1995), pp. 7/1–7/6.

Wabnitz, S.

M. Romagnoli, S. Trillo, and S. Wabnitz, Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, S1237 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Wright, E. M.

G. I. Stegeman and E. M. Wright, Opt. Quantum Electron. 22, 95 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Yao, H. H.

N. Keil, H. H. Yao, C. Zawadzki, and B. Strebel, Electron. Lett. 31, 403 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Zawadzki, C.

N. Keil, H. H. Yao, C. Zawadzki, and B. Strebel, Electron. Lett. 31, 403 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, G. L. Jin, and Q. Li, Appl. Opt. 41, 5022 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

J. P. Sabini, N. Finlayson, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 55, 1176 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (2)

N. Keil, H. H. Yao, C. Zawadzki, and B. Strebel, Electron. Lett. 31, 403 (1995).
[CrossRef]

H. Okayama and M. Kawahara, Electron. Lett. 30, 1128 (1994).
[CrossRef]

IEE Seminar Digest (1)

J. S. Aitchison, A. Villeneuve, J. U. Kang, and G. I. Stegeman, in Towards Terabit Transmission, IEE Seminar Digest 110 (Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, 1995), pp. 7/1–7/6.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

S. M. Jensen, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 1580 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (3)

V. Leutheuser, U. Langbein, and F. Lederer, Opt. Commun. 75, 251 (1990).
[CrossRef]

H. Hatami-Hanza and P. L. Chu, Opt. Commun. 119, 347 (1995).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Liu, B. M. Liang, Q. Li, and G. L. Jin, Opt. Commun. 218, 113 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Opt. Quantum Electron. (2)

G. I. Stegeman and E. M. Wright, Opt. Quantum Electron. 22, 95 (1990).
[CrossRef]

M. Romagnoli, S. Trillo, and S. Wabnitz, Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, S1237 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the nonlinear switching matrix.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Ideal straight-through transmission of the switching units in the matrix.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Transmission curves of three Gaussian-type variable-coupling-coefficient NLDCs: (a) total transmission curves, (b) transmission curves of the high-input-power part.

Tables (1)

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Table 1 Routing Table of the Switching Matrix

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c1z=iκ0 exp-z2b2c2+iγc12c1,
c2z=iκ0 exp-z2b2c1+iγc22c2,

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