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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1495–1502

Multifunctional Optical Device With Electrooptic Er3+ and Yb3+ Doped Lanthanum-Modified Lead Zirconate Titanate Ceramic Gain Media

J. Zhang, H. Sun, Y. Zou, X. Chen, B. Di Bartolo, and H. Zhao

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 31, Issue 9, pp. 1495-1502 (2013)


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Abstract

A novel multifunctional optical device, combining optical filtering, amplification, attenuation and switching functions in one unit, was designed and demonstrated in covering both C- and L-bands, by taking advantage of excellent electrooptic (EO) property in the gain media of 2.0 mol% Er3+ doped and 2.0 mol%Er3+, 5.0 mol%Yb3+ codoped lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) ceramics. In order to optimize the multifunctional device, the absorption and photoluminescence spectra and optical gain profiles of the core components-optically active ceramic variable waveplates were studied experimentally, along with the dielectric, optical, thermal and EO characterization of the typical non-memory ceramic plates. This work has paved a way leading to a broader spectrum of applications, specifically in constructing monolithic, array- and microchip-based devices and systems, with erbium and other rare earth doped PLZT ceramics as both gain media and electrically variable waveplates.

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J. Zhang, H. Sun, Y. Zou, X. Chen, B. Di Bartolo, and H. Zhao, "Multifunctional Optical Device With Electrooptic Er3+ and Yb3+ Doped Lanthanum-Modified Lead Zirconate Titanate Ceramic Gain Media," J. Lightwave Technol. 31, 1495-1502 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jlt/abstract.cfm?URI=jlt-31-9-1495


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