Switching based on optical nonlinear effects

M. P. Fok, P. R. Prucnal

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This chapter discusses the physical properties and performance of various types of nonlinear-effect-based optical switches. Nonlinear-effect-based optical switches are important because of the all-optical and high-speed characteristics of Kerr nonlinearities that will enable the realization of future all-optical high-speed networks. The chapter first reviews the nonlinear effects and nonlinear devices used in nonlinear-effect-based optical switches and then discusses their characteristics. The chapter further describes the development of various structures for nonlinear-effect-based optical switches and discusses their characteristics, advantages and applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical Switches
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials and Design
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781845695798
StatePublished - Oct 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


  • Kerr effect
  • Nonlinear fiber
  • Optical nonlinearity
  • Semiconductor device


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