Ultrafast All-Optical Switching: Photonic Engineering of Resonator Structures with Organic Nonlinear Kerr Materials

A laterally structured all-optical switch based on an optical cavity with high quality factor and an organic nonlinear Kerr material is investigated theoretically. Owing to the nonlinearity in the cavity, the resonance shifts in frequency on increase of the pump power, leading to either transmission or blocking of the signal beam. Furthermore, we report ultrafast pump & probe measurements of hybrid 1-D photonic bandgap structures consisting of an inorganic microcavity with an organic Kerr material. By varying the pump beam wavelength across the cavity resonance, we are able to distinguish between the underlying nonlinear absorption and the dispersion necessary for all-optical switching. It turns out that in the spectral region between 780 and 880 nm the nonlinear absorption dominates the signal.

By: Rainer F. Mahrt; Nikolaj Moll; Stephan Gulde; Asma Jebali; Rik Harbers; Selim Jochim; P. Haring-Bolivar; C. Moormann; R. Zamboni; F. Kajzar

Published in: Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics (Special Issue)Marsushita, Japan in 2005


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