Nonlinear switching using Bragg gratings

Broderick, N.G.R., Taverner, D., Richardson, D.J., Ibsen, M. and Laming, R.I. (1997) Nonlinear switching using Bragg gratings. In, IEEE Colloquium on Optoelectronics Integration and Switching, Glasgow, GB,


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Fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) consist of a periodic modulation of the refractive index along the core of the fibre. This periodicity creates a photonic bandgap and results in strong reflectivity near the Bragg wavelength. The narrow bandwidth and large dispersion of FBGs makes them ideal for linear dispersion compensator and for add/drop filters in WDM systems. In the nonlinear regime Bragg gratings are bistable devices and thus could potentially form the basis of all-optical switches. Recently we have demonstrated three types of nonlinear switching in Bragg gratings: a simple self-induced nonlinear switch, an all-optical AND gate, and a pump induced switch (the optical pushbroom). To understand these switches it is necessary to recall the basic nonlinear properties of Bragg gratings.

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Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 76720
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November 1997Delivered
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
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