Thin film devices for all-optical switching and processing via quadratic nonlinearities

G. Assanto, G. I. Stegeman, and R. Schiek

Thin Solid Films 331, 291-297 (1998)


Quadratic non-linear optical effects, specifically the phase-shift that a fundamental frequency wave experiences through cascading during second-harmonic-generation and the successive down-conversion, are a viable route to all-optical signal processing in integrated optics geometries. We review the most relevant device concepts and their potential applications, with examples of experimental results and prospects for implementation in non-linear thin films.