6 March 2013 All-optical logic gates and wavelength conversion via the injection locking of a Fabry-Perot semiconductor laser
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Proceedings Volume 8628, Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XV; 86280F (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2005456
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2013, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
This work investigates the implementation of all-optical logic gates based on optical injection locking (OIL). All-optical inverting, NOR, and NAND gates are experimentally demonstrated using two distributed feedback (DFB) lasers, a multi-mode Fabry–Perot laser diode, and an optical band-pass filter. The DFB lasers are externally modulated to represent logic inputs into the cavity of the multi-mode Fabry–Perot slave laser. The input DFB (master) lasers’ wavelengths are aligned with the longitudinal modes of the Fabry–Perot slave laser and their optical power is used to modulate the injection conditions in the Fabry–Perot slave laser. The optical band-pass filter is used to select a Fabry– Perot mode that is either suppressed or transmitted given the logic state of the injecting master laser signals. When the input signal(s) is (are) in the on state, injection locking, and thus the suppression of the non-injected Fabry–Perot modes, is induced, yielding a dynamic system that can be used to implement photonic logic functions. Additionally, all-optical photonic processing is achieved using the cavity-mode shift produced in the injected slave laser under external optical injection. The inverting logic case can also be used as a wavelength converter — a key component in advanced wavelength-division multiplexing networks. As a result of this experimental investigation, a more comprehensive understanding of the locking parameters involved in injecting multiple lasers into a multi-mode cavity and the logic transition time is achieved. The performance of optical logic computations and wavelength conversion has the potential for ultrafast operation, limited primarily by the photon decay rate in the slave laser.
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E. Harvey, M. Pochet, J. Schmidt, T. Locke, N. Naderi, N. G. Usechak, "All-optical logic gates and wavelength conversion via the injection locking of a Fabry-Perot semiconductor laser", Proc. SPIE 8628, Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XV, 86280F (6 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005456; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2005456
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