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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2006
  • pp: 353–357

Prism coupling of ultrashort light pulses into waveguides

Xiangmin Liu, Pengfei Zhu, Zhuangqi Cao, Qishun Shen, and Jialin Chen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 353-357 (2006)

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We discuss coupling of ultrashort light pulses into waveguides by use of a prism waveguide coupler configuration. Theoretical analysis indicates that an extra loss induced by the short coherence times of ultrashort pulses, which has a strong effect on the reflected light and the optimum coupling condition, appears in the waveguide. Numerical simulations show that the reflectance strongly depends on the coherence times of ultrashort pulses. A method for realizing optimum coupling by compensating for the extra loss is proposed as well in this paper. A preliminary experiment of employing ultrashort pulses with different coherence times was carried out, and good agreement between theory and experiment was obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 31, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 4, 2005

Xiangmin Liu, Pengfei Zhu, Zhuangqi Cao, Qishun Shen, and Jialin Chen, "Prism coupling of ultrashort light pulses into waveguides," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 353-357 (2006)

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