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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 18364–18370

Deposition of carbon nanotubes around microfiber via evanascent light

Ken Kashiwagi and Shinji Yamashita  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 18364-18370 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.018364


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Abstract

Optical devices based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been realized with several fabrication methods in different structures, such as free-space, fiber-end, waveguide, and fiber structures. Most of waveguide- and fiber-type devices utilize evanescent coupling between the guided light and CNT layers, and offer very high optical damage threshold and high third-order nonlinearity. However, the conventional fabrication methods require complicated processes and waste much of CNTs. In this work, we propose and demonstrate CNT deposition around microfibers induced by injecting light through the fibers. This method can area-selectively deposit desired number of CNTs around microfibers, and can be realized by a simple process and setup. We also demonstrate a passively mode-locked fiber laser using a CNT-deposited microfiber as a passive mode-locker.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 7, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 22, 2009
Published: September 25, 2009

Citation
Ken Kashiwagi and Shinji Yamashita, "Deposition of carbon nanotubes around microfiber via evanascent light," Opt. Express 17, 18364-18370 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-20-18364


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