All-optical switching via quadratic nonlinearities in a Mach-Zehnder Device with Soliton-like pulses

A. Laureti-Palma, S. Trillo, G. Assanto, A. D. Capobianco, and C. De Angelis

Nonl. Opt. 16, 303-320 (1996)


We show that solitary waves of the degenerate three-wave mixing interaction might be employed as natural bits for all ?optical switching in a MachZehnder interferometer, thereby permitting undistorted switching of the pulses. A variational approach describes the device characteristics.