Comparison of three nonlinear optical switch geometries

Toliver, P. and Runser, R. J. and Glesk, I. and Prucnal, P. R. (2000) Comparison of three nonlinear optical switch geometries. In: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2000 (CLEO 2000). IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, United States, pp. 254-255. ISBN 1557526346

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Three optical switch geometries have been compared and investigated. These are the Terahertz Optical Asymmetric Demultiplexer (TOAD), Colliding Pulse Mach-Zehnder (CPMZ), and Symmetric Mach-Zehnder (SMZ). Of the three geometries, the SMZ switch exhibits the best performance in terms of the minimum switching window width and output peak-to-peak amplitude. The control pulse energy requirements of all three devices are at least an order of magnitude less than the energy required by passive structures.