Resonant and Nonresonant All-Optical Switching Devices in GaAs/GaAlAs

Al-Hemyari, Kadhair A (1992) Resonant and Nonresonant All-Optical Switching Devices in GaAs/GaAlAs. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The resonant refractive and absorptive optical nonlinearity of a GaAs/GaAlAs single quantum well waveguide are characterised; hh and Ih excitons are well resolved at room temperature. The unsaturated resonant nonlinear refractive index coefficient n2 was 1.4x10e-8 cm2/W, measured using the external Mach-Zehnder interferometric technique. It has been shown that the recovery time of the resonant nonlinearity is reduced to 125 ps (1/e recovery time), by placing the single quantum well close to the top surface. All-optical switching of an integrated asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer is demonstrated and it was shown experimentally and theoretically that due to the absorption saturation, a complete switching is not possible. The nonresonant nonlinear optical properties of GaAlAs waveguide were characterised at photon energy below half the band gap.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: C N Ironside
Keywords: Electrical engineering, Condensed matter physics, Optics
Date of Award: 1992
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1992-74429
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 15:58
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 15:58

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