Title: Properties and applications of optical thyristors
Authors: Heremans, Paul
Kuijk, M
Vounckx, R
Borghs, Gustaaf #
Issue Date: Dec-1994
Publisher: Editions physique
Series Title: Journal de physique iii vol:4 issue:12 pages:2391-2404
Abstract: The optical thyristor is a promising device for optical information processing. It combines a receiving-, transmitting- and memory function in a single device, with at the same time a considerable optical gain. We show in this paper the dynamics of differential switching, i.e., the switching of a single thyristor in an array of thyristors, and compare it to the switching of a single device. We also review the recent developments which have led to a dramatic increase of the speed and optical sensitivity of optical thyristors. Finally, we show some interesting applications which have been realized with differential switching in arrays of sensitive thyristors (5 x 5, 16 x 16 unto 32 x 64 devices), such as locating the maximum light intensity or integrated intensity of optical input patterns, and transcription of optical information from one thyristor array to another in free space.
ISSN: 1155-4320
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physics and Astronomy - miscellaneous
ESAT - MICAS, Microelectronics and Sensors
# (joint) last author

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