Nanophotonic technologies for innovative all- optical signal processor using photonic crystals and quantum dots
GaAs-based two-dimensional photonic crystal (2DPC) slab waveguides (WGs) and InAs quantum dots (QDs) were developed for key photonic device structures in the future. An ultrasmall and ultrafast symmetrical Mach-Zehnder (SMZ)-type all-optical switch (PC-SMZ) and an optical flip-flop device (PC-FF) have been developed based on these nanophotonic structures for an ultrafast digital photonic network. To realize these devices, two important techniques were developed. One is a new simulation method, i.e., topology optimization method of 2DPC WGs with wide/flat bandwidth, high transmittance and low reflectivity. Another is a new selective-area-growth method, i.e., metal-mask molecular beam epitaxy method of InAs QDs. This technique contributes to achieving high-density and highly uniform InAs QDs in a desired area such as an optical nonlinearity-induced phase shift arm in the PC-FF. Furthermore, as a unique site-controlled QD technique, a nano-jet probe method is also developed for positioning QDs at the centre of the optical nonlinearity-induced phase shift arm.