All-optical polarization switching in fibers

G. I. Stegeman, E. M. Wright, N. Finlayson, G. Assanto, W. C. Banyai, S. Trillo, S. Wabnitz, R. H. Stolen

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There has been recent progress in demonstrating the potential of all-optical devices for the switching of information on picosecond and subpicosecond time scales. In this paper we review the basic concepts of generic guided wave all-optical devices and discuss the material requirements. Fibers currently provide one of the best waveguiding media for all-optical switching. Two recent experiments on polarization switching in fibers are described, and the limitations on all-optical switching which they imply are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-158
Number of pages22
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 30 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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