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Study of all-optical XOR using Mach-Zehnder Interferometer and differential scheme

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7 Author(s)
Qiang Wang ; Dept. of Phys., Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA ; Guanghao Zhu ; Hongmin Chen ; Jaques, J.
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All-optical XOR functionality has been demonstrated experimentally using an integrated SOA-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer (SOA-MZI) at 20 and 40 Gb/s. The performance of the XOR results has been analyzed by solving the rate equation of the SOA numerically. The high-speed operation is limited by the carrier lifetime in the SOA. In order to solve the limitations imposed by carrier lifetime, a differential scheme for XOR operation has been experimentally investigated. This scheme is potentially capable of XOR operation to >100 Gb/s.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 6 )