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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 24 — Nov. 27, 2006
  • pp: 11702–11708

Raman gain measurements and photo-induced transmission effects of germanium- and arsenic-based chalcogenide glasses

Robert Stegeman, George Stegeman, Peter Delfyett Jr., Laeticia Petit, Nathan Carlie, Kathleen Richardson, and Michel Couzi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 24, pp. 11702-11708 (2006)

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The Raman gain spectra of millimeter thick As2S3 and As24S38Se38 glasses and Ge(23-x)GaxSb7S(70-y)Sey with x=0 and 5 and y=0, 2, 5 have been measured using a direct nonlinear optics technique. The pump light originated from a picosecond Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm and a tunable optical parametric generator and amplifier (OPG/OPA) was used as a source for the probe light. A peak material Raman gain coefficient of (155±11)×10-13 m/W has been measured for the As24S38Se38 glass. A reversible photodarkening effect which responds to picosecond pulses is also reported. Finally, surface optical damage threshold measurements were found to be less than 9 GW/cm2 for the reported samples, values which are comparable to some TeO2-based glasses with lower nonlinearities.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(190.5890) Nonlinear optics : Scattering, stimulated

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Original Manuscript: September 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2006
Published: November 27, 2006

Robert Stegeman, George Stegeman, Peter Delfyett, Laeticia Petit, Nathan Carlie, Kathleen Richardson, and Michel Couzi, "Raman gain measurements and photo-induced transmission effects of germanium- and arsenic-based chalcogenide glasses," Opt. Express 14, 11702-11708 (2006)

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