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Title: Nonlinear switching dynamics in a photonic-crystal nanocavity

We report the experimental observation of nonlinear switching dynamics in an InP photonic crystal nanocavity. Usually, the regime of relatively small cavity perturbations is explored, where the signal transmitted through the cavity follows the temporal variation of the cavity resonance. When the cavity is perturbed by strong pulses, we observe several nonlinear effects, i.e., saturation of the switching contrast, broadening of the switching window, and even initial reduction of the transmission. The effects are analyzed by comparison with nonlinear coupled mode theory and explained in terms of large dynamical variations of the cavity resonance in combination with nonlinear losses. The results provide insight into the nonlinear optical processes that govern the dynamics of nanocavities and are important for applications in optical signal processing, where one wants to optimize the switching contrast.
Authors:
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  1. DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22310865
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CAVITY RESONATORS; CRYSTALS; DISTURBANCES; INDIUM PHOSPHIDES; LOSSES; NONLINEAR OPTICS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PERTURBATION THEORY; PULSES; REDUCTION; RESONANCE; SATURATION; SWITCHES; TRANSMISSION