Scaling of the saturation energy in microcavity saturable absorber devices

David Massoubre, A. Shen, J. Decobert, J. Dion, J.C. Harmand, J. Landreau, J.L. Oudar

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Several all-optical switching devices based on quantum well microcavity structures have been studied in view of their possible use for all-optical regeneration of telecommunication signals. Experiments and modeling show that the saturation energy is inversely proportional to a scaling factor describing the enhancement of the intracavity intensity at the Fabry-Perot resonance. As a result the saturation energy is approximately proportional to the number of quantum wells in the device and can be kept small by a proper cavity design
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153513-153515
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2006


  • saturation energy
  • microcavity saturable absorber devices
  • absorber devices
  • microcavities


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