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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Jun. 11, 2007
  • pp: 7682–7688

Optical solitons in a silicon waveguide

Jidong Zhang, Qiang Lin, Giovanni Piredda, Robert W. Boyd, Govind P. Agrawal, and Philippe M. Fauchet  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7682-7688 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.007682


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Abstract

We observe, for the first time to our knowledge, the formation of optical solitons inside a short silicon waveguide (only 5 mm long) at sub-picojoule pulse energy levels. We measure a significant spectral narrowing in the anomalous-dispersion regime of such a waveguide, in contrast to all previous reported experiments. The extent of spectral narrowing depends on the carrier wavelength of input pulses, and the observed spectrum broadens in the normal-dispersion region. Numerical simulations confirm our experimental observations.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 4, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2007
Published: June 7, 2007

Citation
Jidong Zhang, Qiang Lin, Giovanni Piredda, Robert W. Boyd, Govind P. Agrawal, and Philippe M. Fauchet, "Optical solitons in a silicon waveguide," Opt. Express 15, 7682-7688 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-12-7682


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