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  • Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 2001),
  • paper CWI3

All-optical polarization switching based on the excitation of spin-polarized "virtual excitons" in quantum wells

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Abstract

Optical switches and light modulators that combine high speed with high contrast will play an important role as the demand for higher bandwidth components continues to increase. High speed electrically-addressed modulators have been demonstrated, but the speed of these devices is limited to that of conventional electronics. As we discuss below, optically-addressed switches are not limited by this constraint.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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