All-optical routing networks based on bistable interferometers

Buller, G. S.; Paton, C. R.; Smith, S. D.; Walker, A. C.
December 1988
Applied Physics Letters;12/19/1988, Vol. 53 Issue 25, p2465
Academic Journal
The possibility of using bistable nonlinear Fabry–Perot interferometers as wide-band data transparent all-optical spatial switches has been investigated. It has been shown that three such devices, switching between transmitting and reflecting states, can form a 1×4 optical routing network: controlled purely by coded header pulses, preceding the data stream. The prospects for developing the performance of switches of this type towards the level required in practical telecommunications systems are discussed.


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