Embodiments of the invention pertain to remote optical control of holding beam-type, optical flip-flop devices, as well as to the devices themselves. All-optical SET and RE-SET control signals operate on a cw holding beam in a remote manner to vary the power of the holding beam between threshold switching values to enable flip-flop operation. Cross-gain modulation and cross-polarization modulation processes can be used to change the power of the holding beam.
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH
Embodiments of the invention were made with government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC52-92SF19460 sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion. The government may have certain rights in the invention.