All-optical switching of a microcavity repeated at terahertz rates

Emre Yüce, Georgios Ctistis, Julien Claudon, Emmanuel Dupuy, Robin D. Buijs, Bob de Ronde, Allard P. Mosk, Jean-Michel Gérard, Willem L. Vos

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We have repeatedly and reproducibly switched a GaAs-AlAs planar microcavity operating in the “original” telecom band by exploiting the virtually instantaneous electronic Kerr effect. We achieve repetition times as fast as 300 fs, thereby breaking the terahertz modulation barrier. The rate of the switching in our experiments is only determined by optics and not by material-related relaxation. Our results offer opportunities for fundamental studies of cavity quantum electrodynamics and optical information processing in the subpicosecond time scale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-376
Number of pages3
JournalOptics letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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