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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 18524–18534

Two-photon absorption effects on Raman gain in single mode As2Se3 chalcogenide glass fiber

A. Tuniz, G. Brawley, D. J. Moss, and B. J. Eggleton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 18524-18534 (2008)

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We report ~22 dB of Raman gain in single mode As2Se3 chalcogenide glass fiber using 15 ps optical pump pulses from 1470 nm to 1560 nm. We employ a novel technique of cross-phase modulation induced sideband amplification to map out the Raman gain spectrum of this glass, and investigate the role of both degenerate and non-degenerate (ND) two-photon absorption (TPA). We find that for materials such as As2Se3 where the Raman gain coefficient (gR) and TPA are comparable, it is critical to know and account for the role of both of these in order to achieve appreciable Raman gain. This is highlighted by our results, where we achieve significantly higher Raman gain at the longest pump wavelength (1560 nm), despite the fact that the Raman gain coefficient itself (gR) is smallest at this wavelength. This occurs because the TPA is significantly larger for shorter wavelengths in As2Se3. We conclude, therefore, that for Raman gain applications in As2Se3, L-band operation is strongly favored over C-band operation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 5, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 15, 2008
Published: October 24, 2008

A. Tuniz, G. Brawley, D. J. Moss, and B. J. Eggleton, "Two-photon absorption effects on Raman gain in single mode As2Se3 chalcogenide glass fiber," Opt. Express 16, 18524-18534 (2008)

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