By Paul Finch
Craeghatir: a lonely rock, some distance out at the northernmost tip of england; the nearest element of land to it, the wild, storm-ravaged Cape Wrath. to name this position bleak is the understatement of an entire life. large cliffs dominate its seashores, yet inside there are eco-friendly tracks linking mystery valleys the place tumuli are available, old megaliths and the bones of prehistoric mammals lengthy grown over with moss. The island is now uninhabited and when it comes to this good looks and silence, it's an exceptional locale - even though few sightseers ever enterprise there willingly, for Craeghatir has an evil acceptance. Professor Jo Mercy of Warwick University's elite archaeological unit doesn't think the rumours and is raring to enquire a newly-discovered barrow at the island which would include the is still of Ivar Ragnarsson, maybe the main notorious of all Viking chieftains. Ragnarrson was once reputed to be berserkir - a warrior possessed with the wolf-spirit, whose insanity carried him previous all ache and cause within the warmth of conflict, and whose sufferers have been deemed choices to the wolf-god Fenrir. yet Mercy and her workforce will locate themselves confronted with greater than simply the inhospitibal atmosphere on Craeghatir, because the spirit of Ragnarrson is disturbed and dying and insanity come to the island.
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A, b The proﬁle from top surface. c Cross section of holes cut by FIB and ﬁlled with Pt for imaging the side walls 18 X. Gai et al. 4 All-Optical Processing in Semiconductor Optical Ampliﬁers Semiconductor optical ampliﬁers (SOAs) have a long history in all-optical processing with their popularity stemming from the range and strength of nonlinear effects available; from the early commercial availability of ﬁbre pigtailed devices; from the capacity for on chip integration of multiple functions/devices; and from the potential for low power operation with net conversion gain.
Cross phase modulation (XPM) between a strong pulsed pump and a weaker CW probe can also be exploited in SOAs for wavelength conversion by placing the SOA inside a Mach-Zehnder or other interferometer. Nonlinear polarisation rotation (NPR) in SOAs has also been increasingly harnessed for high speed nonlinear processing. This results from a combination of the 1 Materials and Structures for Nonlinear Photonics 19 different gain saturation behaviours of the TE and TM modes, and also from the intrinsic waveguide birefringence in the SOA (with both geometrical and stain components) which can also be modulated by changes in the carrier density.
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Cape Wrath by Paul Finch