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Symmetric self-electro-optic effect device: Optical set-reset latch
Applied Physics Letters (1998)
  • A. L. Lentine
  • Scott Hinton, Utah State University
  • D.A. B. Miller
  • J. E. Henry
  • J. E. Cunningham
  • L.M. F. Chirovsky
Abstract
We demonstrate an integrated symmetric self-electro-optic effect device consisting of two quantum well p-i-n diodes electrically connected in series. The device acts as a bistable optical memory element with individual set (S) and reset (R) inputs and complementary outputs (optical S-R latch). The switching point is determined by the ratio of the two inputs, making the device insensitive to optical power supply fluctuations when both power beams are derived from the same source. The device also shows time-sequential gain, in that the state can be set using low-power beams and read out with subsequent high-power beams. The device showed bistability for voltages greater than 3 V, incident optical switching energy densities of -16 fJ/ µm2, and was tested to a switching time of 40 ns.
Keywords
  • symmetric,
  • self,
  • electro,
  • optic,
  • effect,
  • device,
  • optical,
  • set,
  • reset,
  • latch
Publication Date
April 24, 1998
Publisher Statement
Published by AIP c 1988 American Institute of Physics
Citation Information
A. L. Lentine, Scott Hinton, D.A. B. Miller, J. E. Henry, et al.. "Symmetric self-electro-optic effect device: Optical set-reset latch" Applied Physics Letters Vol. 52 Iss. 17 (1998)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/scott_hinton/40/