Patent Number: 6,169,625

Title: Saturable absorption type optical switch and controlling method therefor

Abstract: An optical switch includes a saturable absorption type optical element provided with a saturable absorption region, and a band-block optical filter to which signal light composed of at least one wavelength light having an optical power in the absorption region of the saturable absorption type optical element and control light whose optical power is set such that a total power of the signal light and the control light comes within a transmission region of the saturable absorption type optical element and which is composed of either one of two wavelength lights different from that of the signal light are inputted and which transmits therethrough the signal light and the control light which is composed only of one of the wavelength lights and outputs the transmitted signal light and control light to the saturable absorption type-optical element. ON/OFF of the signal light is controlled by varying the wavelength of the control light.

Inventors: Watanabe; Seiji (Toyko, JP), Yamaguchi; Shohei (Toyko, JP)

Assignee: NEC Corporation

International Classification: G02F 1/35 (20060101); G02F 001/03 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018