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Scaling of the saturation energy in microcavity saturable absorber devices

Massoubre, David and Shen, A. and Decobert, J. and Dion, J. and Harmand, J.C. and Landreau, J. and Oudar, J.L. (2006) Scaling of the saturation energy in microcavity saturable absorber devices. Applied Physics Letters, 88 (15). pp. 153513-153515. ISSN 0003-6951

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Abstract

Several all-optical switching devices based on quantum well microcavity structures have been studied in view of their possible use for all-optical regeneration of telecommunication signals. Experiments and modeling show that the saturation energy is inversely proportional to a scaling factor describing the enhancement of the intracavity intensity at the Fabry-Perot resonance. As a result the saturation energy is approximately proportional to the number of quantum wells in the device and can be kept small by a proper cavity design