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Volume 6, Issue 3

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Shaping and switching of polychromatic light in arrays of periodically curved nonlinear waveguides

Ivan Garanovich
  • Nonlinear Physics Centre and Centre for Ultra-high bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 0200, Australia
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/ Andrey Sukhorukov
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Published Online: 2008-07-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11534-008-0047-8

Abstract

We overview our recent theoretical results on spatio-spectral control, diffraction management, and broadband all-optical switching of polychromatic light in periodically curved one and two dimensional arrays of coupled optical waveguides. In particular, we show that polychromatic light beams and patterns produced by white-light and supercontinuum sources can experience wavelength-independent normal, anomalous, or zero diffraction in specially designed structures. We also demonstrate that in the nonlinear regime, it is possible to achieve broadband all-optical switching of polychromatic light in a directional waveguide coupler with special bending of the waveguide axes. Our results suggest novel opportunities for creation of all-optical logical gates and switches which can operate in a very broad frequency region, e.g., covering the entire visible spectrum.

PACS: 42.82.Et; 42.25.Fx; 42.65.Jx; 42.65.Tg

Keywords: diffraction management; all-optical switching; polychromatic light; photonic lattices; supercontinuum

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Citation Information: Open Physics, Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 593–602, ISSN (Online) 2391-5471, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11534-008-0047-8.

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