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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13075–13083

Nonlinear transmission properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon core fibers towards the mid-infrared regime

L. Shen, N. Healy, P. Mehta, T. D. Day, J. R. Sparks, J. V. Badding, and A. C. Peacock  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13075-13083 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.013075


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Abstract

The nonlinear transmission properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) core fibers are characterized from the near-infrared up to the edge of the mid-infrared regime. The results show that this material exhibits linear losses on the order of a few dB/cm, or less, over the entire wavelength range, decreasing down to a value of 0.29 dB/cm at 2.7μm, and negligible nonlinear losses beyond the two-photon absorption (TPA) edge ∼ 1.7μm. By measuring the dispersion of the nonlinear Kerr and TPA parameters we have found that the nonlinear figure of merit (FOMNL) increases dramatically over this region, with FOMNL > 20 around 2μm and above. This characterization demonstrates the potential for a-Si:H fibers and waveguides to find use in nonlinear applications extending beyond telecoms and into the mid-infrared regime.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: April 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2013
Published: May 21, 2013

Citation
L. Shen, N. Healy, P. Mehta, T. D. Day, J. R. Sparks, J. V. Badding, and A. C. Peacock, "Nonlinear transmission properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon core fibers towards the mid-infrared regime," Opt. Express 21, 13075-13083 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-11-13075


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