All-optical toggle flip-flop based on monolithic semiconductor ring laser

Trita, A., Mezosi, G., Sorel, M. and Giuliani, G. (2014) All-optical toggle flip-flop based on monolithic semiconductor ring laser. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 26(1), pp. 96-99. (doi:10.1109/LPT.2013.2289976)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LPT.2013.2289976

Abstract

A novel monolithic all-optical flip-flop of the toggle type with two complementary outputs is demonstrated based on a semiconductor ring laser (SRL), where the intrinsic directional bistability of the SRL device is combined with the saturable absorption effect that takes place in the reverse-biased input waveguides. Toggle flip-flop (TFF) operation is experimentally demonstrated using optical trigger toggle pulses of 500 ps duration. The achieved bit-rate of 500 Mb/s is the highest reported so far for all-optical TFFs. The operational speed is limited by the carrier recovery time of the saturable absorbers; however, the proposed technology has potential for multi-gigabits per second operation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mezosi, Mr Gabor and Sorel, Professor Marc
Authors: Trita, A., Mezosi, G., Sorel, M., and Giuliani, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:1041-1135
ISSN (Online):1941-0174

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