Cavity solitons were recently predicted in semiconductor microresonators grown with a vertical geometry. By exploiting a previously introduced model valid for both passive and active configurations of a multiple-quantum-well device, we studied the response in the time domain offered by such self-organized structures in the device, when a small modulated optical signal is applied. Using appropriate symmetry considerations, the (2 + 1)-dimensional problem is reduced to a tractable form, by means of a semianalytical method. We demonstrated that large differential-gain factors, competitive with those of other all-optical and some opto-electronic devices, are attainable, when the output signal is collected at the peak of the cavity soliton. This fact, in connection with the reconfigurability properties already established for cavity soliton arrays, allows to conceive different schemes for optical information handling: feasible arrangements for parallel amplification and for signal commutation are proposed.
|Titolo:||Signal amplification by means of cavity solitons in semiconductor microcavities|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1999|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s100530050337|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|