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Nonlinear optical glasses for ultrafast optical switches

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2 Author(s)
Friberg, Stephen R. ; Bell Communications Research, Red Bank, NJ, USA ; Smith, P.W.

In this paper we report degenerate four-wave-mixing measurements of the nonlinear coefficient of rutile and a number of optical glasses at 1.06 μm. We define a figure of merit which measures the suitability of a material for nonlinear waveguide switches and show that the best glasses have figures of merit substantially higher than any other material. We include a brief discussion of the types of switching elements that could be made with these materials.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 12 )