Soliton switching using cascaded nonlinear-optical loop mirrors

D.A. Pattison, W. Forysiak, P.N. Kean, I. Bennion, N.J. Doran

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We demonstrate multiple-peaked switching in a nonlinear-optical loop mirror and present an experimental investigation of device cascading in the soliton regime based on a sequence of two independent nonlinear-optical loop mirrors. Cascading leads to an enhanced switching response with sharper switching edges, flattened peaks, and increased interpeak extinction ratios. We observe that pulses emerging from the cascade retain the sech2 temporal profile of a soliton with minimal degradation in the spectral characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-21
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Express
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1995
EventConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 1994 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Aug 19942 Sept 1994

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  • multiple-peaked switching
  • nonlinear-optical loop mirror
  • device cascading in the soliton regime
  • nonlinear-optical loop mirrors
  • increased interpeak extinction ratios
  • sech2 temporal profile.


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