Abstract

We have observed the incoherent interaction between a highly confined (blocker) soliton and wide, moving signal beams of a different wavelength in a one-dimensional discrete Kerr medium. Digital switching of the blocker solitons to successive adjacent channels was measured with increasing signal power via both one and two cascaded interactions in an AlGaAs waveguide array, operations equivalent to a reconfigurable three-output router.

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J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

D. N. Christodoulides and E. D. Eugenieva, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 233901 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

H. S. Eisenberg, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, A. R. Boyd, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 3383 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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Agrawal, G. P.

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic, 1989).

Aitchison, J. S.

J. Meier, G. I. Stegeman, D. N. Christodoulides, R. Morandotti, M. Sorel, H. Yang, G. Salamo, J. S. Aitchison, and Y. Silberberg, Opt. Express 13, 1797 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Alhemyari, K.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Boyd, A. R.

H. S. Eisenberg, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, A. R. Boyd, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 3383 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Christodoulides, D.

J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Christodoulides, D. N.

Eisenberg, H. S.

H. S. Eisenberg, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, A. R. Boyd, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 3383 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Eugenieva, E. D.

D. N. Christodoulides and E. D. Eugenieva, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 233901 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Grant, R. S.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Hudock, J.

J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Ironside, C. N.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Joseph, R. I.

Kang, J.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Kennedy, G. T.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Lin, C.-H.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Lin, H.-H.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Meier, J.

Miller, A.

G. I. Stegeman and A. Miller, in Photonic Switching, J. Midwinter, ed. (Academic, 1992), Vol. I, pp. 81–146 (1993).

Morandotti, R.

J. Meier, G. I. Stegeman, D. N. Christodoulides, R. Morandotti, M. Sorel, H. Yang, G. Salamo, J. S. Aitchison, and Y. Silberberg, Opt. Express 13, 1797 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Meier, G. I. Stegeman, D. N. Christodoulides, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, H. Yang, G. Salamo, M. Sorel, and J. S. Aitchison, Opt. Lett. 30, 1027 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. S. Eisenberg, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, A. R. Boyd, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 3383 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Salamo, G.

Sibbett, W.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Silberberg, Y.

J. Meier, G. I. Stegeman, D. N. Christodoulides, R. Morandotti, M. Sorel, H. Yang, G. Salamo, J. S. Aitchison, and Y. Silberberg, Opt. Express 13, 1797 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Meier, G. I. Stegeman, D. N. Christodoulides, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, H. Yang, G. Salamo, M. Sorel, and J. S. Aitchison, Opt. Lett. 30, 1027 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. S. Eisenberg, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, A. R. Boyd, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 3383 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Sorel, M.

Stegeman, G.

J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Stegeman, G. I.

J. Meier, G. I. Stegeman, D. N. Christodoulides, R. Morandotti, M. Sorel, H. Yang, G. Salamo, J. S. Aitchison, and Y. Silberberg, Opt. Express 13, 1797 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Meier, G. I. Stegeman, D. N. Christodoulides, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, H. Yang, G. Salamo, M. Sorel, and J. S. Aitchison, Opt. Lett. 30, 1027 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

G. I. Stegeman and A. Miller, in Photonic Switching, J. Midwinter, ed. (Academic, 1992), Vol. I, pp. 81–146 (1993).

Villeneuve, A.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Yang, C. C.

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Yang, H.

Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. (1)

G. I. Stegeman, A. Villeneuve, J. Kang, J. S. Aitchison, C. N. Ironside, K. Alhemyari, C. C. Yang, C.-H. Lin, H.-H. Lin, G. T. Kennedy, R. S. Grant, and W. Sibbett, Int. J. Nonlinear Opt. Phys. 3, 347 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (3)

H. S. Eisenberg, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, A. R. Boyd, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 3383 (1998).
[CrossRef]

J. Meier, J. Hudock, D. Christodoulides, G. Stegeman, Y. Silberberg, R. Morandotti, and J. S. Aitchison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 143907 (2003).
[CrossRef]

D. N. Christodoulides and E. D. Eugenieva, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 233901 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic, 1989).

G. I. Stegeman and A. Miller, in Photonic Switching, J. Midwinter, ed. (Academic, 1992), Vol. I, pp. 81–146 (1993).

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(Color online) (a) Interaction geometry: A wide beam with wavelength λ 1 interacts with a highly confined soliton of wavelength λ 2 . (b) Measured spectra of the two input beams.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(Color online) Measured beam profile at the input (dotted curves), output before interactions (solid curves), and the result of the interaction (dashed curves) for a TM power of 500 W.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(Color online) Output intensity profile of the TE polarization with increasing TM power.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(Color online) TM signal output from the array when the TE-polarized blocker beam is chopped on–off in time. Note the partial deflection of the TM signal, which appears on the signal input side of the blocker located at the 0 transverse ( x ) coordinate.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

(Color online) The input signal is routed to adjacent waveguides by a series of control signals.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

(Color online) Demonstration of routing 1 ps pulses in a 1 × 3 soliton switch. The output intensity is shown as a function of waveguide number for (solid curve) no control signal, (dashed curve) the first control beam on, and (dotted curve) the second control beam on.

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