Semiconductor figure of merit for nonlinear directional couplers

E. M. Wright, S. W. Koch, J. E. Ehrlich, C. T. Seaton, G. I. Stegeman

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We present numerical calculations of the material figure of merit for a variety of bulk semiconductors at room temperature. For efficient switching to be possible in a half-beat-length nonlinear directional coupler, a minimum material requirement is that the figure of merit should exceed unity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2127-2129
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - 1988

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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