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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 21 — Oct. 18, 2004
  • pp: 5110–5116

Determination of nonlinear refractive index in a Ta2O5 rib waveguide using self-phase modulation

Chao-Yi Tai, James S. Wilkinson, Nicolas M. B. Perney, M. Caterina Netti, F. Cattaneo, Chris E. Finlayson, and Jeremy J. Baumberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 21, pp. 5110-5116 (2004)

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Self-phase modulation has been observed for ultrashort pulses of wavelength 800nm propagating through a 1 cm-long Ta2O5 rib waveguide. The associated nonlinear refractive index n2 was estimated to be 7.23×10-19 m2/W, which is higher than silica glass by more than one order of magnitude. Femtosecond time of flight measurements based on a Kerr shutter configuration show that the group velocity dispersion is small at a wavelength of 800 nm, confirming that dispersion may be neglected in the estimation of n2 so that a simplified theory can be used with good accuracy.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: August 13, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 4, 2004
Published: October 18, 2004

Chao-Yi Tai, James Wilkinson, Nicolas Perney, M. Netti, F. Cattaneo, Chris Finlayson, and Jeremy Baumberg, "Determination of nonlinear refractive index in a Ta2O5 rib waveguide using self-phase modulation," Opt. Express 12, 5110-5116 (2004)

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