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Authors: G.R.A. Priem, P. Bienstman, G. Morthier, R. Baets
Title: Effect of two-photon absorption on Kerr-nonlinear resonator behaviour
Format: International Conference Proceedings
Publication date: 12/2004
Journal/Conference/Book: 2004 IEEE/LEOS Benelux Annual Symposium
Editor/Publisher: IEEE/LEOS Benelux Chapter, 
Volume(Issue): p.231-234
Location: Gent, Belgium
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The Kerr-nonlinear effect in combination with resonator structures shows large potential for ultrafast all-optical signal processing and may be of great importance for future optical communication systems. A major limitation to its applicability is however the existence of two-photon absorption. This has already been discussed in literature for a homogeneous structure. In this paper, the effect of two-photon absorption on the operation of Kerr-nonlinear resonators is studied and the applicability of standard semiconductor systems for all-optical nonlinear switching is evaluated.

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