Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 95–122 | Cite as

All-optical waveguide switching

  • G. I. Stegeman
  • E. M. Wright
Tutorial Review

Abstract

We present a tutorial review of all-optical switching in fibre and integrated optics waveguides. These switching devices require non-linear refractive index changes in single or coupled waveguides, and involve either the low-power guided modes of the structure or soliton-type waves guided, emitted or captured by waveguides. We discuss the physical principles involved in these all-optical switching schemes, material requirements, recent experiments and limitations. A representative rather than comprehensive list of references is provided.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. I. Stegeman
    • 1
  • E. M. Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.Optical Sciences CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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