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Bistability suppression and low threshold switching using frozen light at a degenerate band edge waveguide

Gutman, Nadav; Sukhorukov, Andrey; Eilenberger, Falk; de Sterke, C. Martijn


We predict that nonlinear waveguides which support frozen light associated with a degenerate photonic band edge, where the dispersion relation is locally quartic, exhibit a tunable, all-optical switching response. The thresholds for switching are orders-of-magnitude lower than at regular band edges. By adjusting the input condition, bistability can be eliminated, preventing switching hysteresis.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Optics Express
DOI: 10.1364/OE.20.027363


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