Switching based on optical nonlinear effects

M. P. Fok, P. R. Prucnal

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Abstract

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
Pages181-205
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781845695798
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

Keywords

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

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