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Design of an all-optical wavelength router based on spatial solitons

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3 Author(s)
Chiaraluce, F. ; Dipt. di Elettronica e Autom., Ancona Univ., Italy ; Gambi, E. ; Pierleoni, P.

This paper presents the theory and modeling of an all-optical device which realizes self-routing of waves at different wavelengths. The device exploits spatial soliton interaction in a Kerr-like nonlinear medium and can be used in wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks with fixed tuned receivers and tunable transmitters. Interaction is governed by four-wave mixing (FWM) that produces the desired effects under suitable excitation conditions. Several numerical examples are given, which highlight the importance of an optimum choice for the spectrum of wavelengths

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 9 )