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Optical Switches by S Chua, B Li

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Switching based on optical nonlinear effects

M.P. Fok and P.R. Prucnal,     Princeton University, USA

Abstract:

This chapter discusses the physical properties and performance of various types of nonlinear-effect-based optical switches. Nonlinear-effect-based optical switches are important because of the all-optical and high-speed characteristics of Kerr nonlinearities that will enable the realization of future all-optical high-speed networks. The chapter first reviews the nonlinear effects and nonlinear devices used in nonlinear-effect-based optical switches and then discusses their characteristics. The chapter further describes the development of various structures for nonlinear-effect-based optical switches and discusses their characteristics, ...

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