Static and dynamic analysis of an all-optical inverter based on a Vertical Cavity Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (VCSOA)

Veronica Gauss, Antonio Hurtado, Doug Jorgesen, Michael J. Adams, Sadik Esener

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We report the static and dynamic properties of an all-optical inverter based on an 850 nm Vertical Cavity Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (VCSOA). The inverter exhibits low switching power requirements (∼ 15 μW), large on/off contrast ratio (> 11 dB), and high speed operation (∼ 1.4 GHz). Large and small signal measurements show that the speed of operation and the on/off contrast ratio improve with increased bias current. This holds important prospects for the development of VCSOA-inverters for high-speed, low-power optical logic applications. Finally, a theoretical model of the VCSOA-inverter has been employed giving good agreement with experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2345-2350
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2011



  • All-optical inverter
  • All-optical logic gate
  • All-optical signal processing
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Optical bistability
  • Vertical cavity semiconductor optical
  • amplifier

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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