Simple and reconfigurable all-optical logic gate

Henghao Chen, Hao Chen, Erwin H.W. Chan

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Abstract

A photonics-based digital signal processing structure that has the ability to realise all the six basic logical operations, namely XOR, OR, AND, XNOR, NOR and NAND, is presented. It is based on applying the two digital inputs into a dual-polarisation modulator and adjusting the angle of a waveplate connected to the modulator output to realise different logical operations. The proposed dual-polarisation modulator based optical logic gate has a simple and compact structure and robust performance. Switching between different logical operations can be realised in high speed by adjusting only one system parameter, with no change in the system physical configuration. The proposed dual-polarisation modulator based optical logic gate is theoretically analysed. Using the system parameter setting obtained from the theoretical analysis, the six basic logical operations are experimentally demonstrated. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an optical logic gate that is capable of switching between all the six basic logical operations by adjusting only one system parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110297
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalOptics and Laser Technology
Volume170
Early online date15 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

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