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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 9572–9580

High efficiency and ultra broadband optical parametric four-wave mixing in chalcogenide-PMMA hybrid microwires

Raja Ahmad and Martin Rochette  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9572-9580 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.009572


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Abstract

We present polymer (PMMA) cladded chalcogenide (As2Se3) hybrid microwires that realize optical parametric four-wave mixing (FWM) with wavelength conversion bandwidth as broad as 190 nm and efficiency as high as 21 dB at peak input power levels as low as 70 mW. This represents 3-30 × increase in bandwidth and 30-50 dB improvement in conversion efficiency over previous demonstrations in tapered and microstructured chalcogenide fibers with the results agreeing well with the simulations. These properties, combined with small foot-print (10 cm length), low loss (<4 dB), ease of fabrication, and the transparency of As2Se3 from near-to-mid-infrared regions make this device a promising building block for lasers, optical instrumentation and optical communication devices.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 4, 2012
Published: April 11, 2012

Citation
Raja Ahmad and Martin Rochette, "High efficiency and ultra broadband optical parametric four-wave mixing in chalcogenide-PMMA hybrid microwires," Opt. Express 20, 9572-9580 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-9-9572


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