Fabrication of arrays of GaAs optical bistable devices

T. Venkatesan, B. Wilkens, Y. H. Lee, M. Warren, G. Olbright, H. M. Gibbs, N. Peyghambarian, J. S. Smith, A. Yariv

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Arrays of fast optical bistable devices (OBD') hold excellent promise in the implementation of parallel optical computation systems. The fabrication of an array of 9×9 μm pixels of OBD's on a GaAs/AlGaAs molecular beam epitaxial layer is reported here. The pixels were defined by reactive ion etching in a freon, helium, and oxygen gas mixture. The array, consisting of over 100×100 devices, formed good quality, uniform interferometers, exhibiting a single fringe in transmitted light. Gate recovery times were reduced by eliminating the top AlGaAs window and by etching 9×9 μm pixels in an array. Uniform arrays of such high quality optical gates or bistable devices could handle thousands of parallel channels at a rate of several gigahertz per channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-147
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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