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In this letter, we report an all-optical module that generates simultaneously four Boolean operations at 10 Gb/s. The circuit employs two cascaded ultrafast nonlinear interferometers and requires only two signals as inputs. The first gate is configured as a 2 × 2 exchange-bypass switch and provides OR and AND logical operations. The second gate generates XOR (SUM bit) and AND (CARRY bit) Boolean operations and constitutes a binary half-adder. Successful operation of the system is demonstrated with 10-Gb/s return-to-zero pseudorandom data patterns.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2004