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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4972–4979

Binary III-V semiconductor core optical fiber

John Ballato, Thomas Hawkins, Paul Foy, Colin McMillen, Laura Burka, Jason Reppert, Ramakrishna Podila, A. M. Rao, and Robert R. Rice  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 4972-4979 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.004972


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Abstract

For the first time to the best of our knowledge a glass-clad optical fiber comprising a crystalline binary III-V semiconductor core has been fabricated. More specifically, a phosphate glass-clad fiber containing an indium antimonide (InSb) core was drawn using a molten core approach. The core was found to be highly crystalline with some oxygen and phosphorus diffusing in from the cladding glass. While optical transmission measurements were unable to be made, most likely due to free carrier absorption associated with the conductivity of the core, this work constitutes a proof-of-concept that optical fibers comprising semiconductor cores of higher crystallographic complexity than previously realized can be drawn using conventional fiber fabrication techniques. Such binary semiconductors may open the door to future fiber-based nonlinear devices.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 7, 2010
Published: February 24, 2010

Citation
John Ballato, Thomas Hawkins, Paul Foy, Colin McMillen, Laura Burka, Jason Reppert, Ramakrishna Podila, A. M. Rao, and Robert R. Rice, "Binary III-V semiconductor core optical fiber," Opt. Express 18, 4972-4979 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-5-4972


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