Logic operations, for high-speed communication and data processing, are currently computed by electronic transistors, however to stay on the curve of Moore’s law, in the future there will be a need for optical processing at incredible speeds with low power consumption. Advancements in nanotechnology have spurred the key developments of all-optical switching in emerging photonic networks.
Our work introduces a radical change to the all-optical switching architecture—realized through the integration of two nanotechnologies. Photonic nanojets and semiconductor nanoparticles are integrated within a new all-optical switching architecture to establish both ultrafast (femtosecond) switching times and low (femtojoule) switching energies. Unsurpassed performance levels are achieved. The IOL is developing this new nanotechnology for optical fibre front-end processing applications.