We quantitatively analyze the performance of optical memories based on Kerr bistability in microcavites. We model a silicon nitride microring and a silica toroid microcavity, and examine the performances of these cavities in an actual situation where there is a thermo-optic effect. Numerical simulations based on coupled mode theory and the thermal diffusion equation reveal that an input power of 1.8W is necessary to achieve a Kerr bistable memory in a silicon nitride microring, while that of only 1.7mW is necessary in a silica toroid microcavity. This result shows that the use of silica toroid microcavity is advantageous when we want to demonstrate a Kerr bistable memory operation with a reasonably low input power. In addition, we quantitatively investigate the trade-off between the required input power and the response speed of the device.
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