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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2070–2072

Four-wave-mixing-based wavelength conversion using a single-walled carbon-nanotube- deposited planar lightwave circuit waveguide

K. K. Chow, S. Yamashita, and S. Y. Set  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 12, pp. 2070-2072 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002070


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Abstract

We demonstrated a single-walled carbon-nanotube-deposited planar lightwave circuit (PLC) waveguide for four-wave-mixing (FWM)-based wavelength conversion. FWM is generated from the interaction between the propagating light through the PLC waveguide and the deposited carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the overcladding-removed core of the waveguide. The third-order nonlinearity of the CNTs is originated from the interband transitions of the π electrons causing nonlinear polarization similar to other highly nonlinear organic optical materials. FWM-based tunable wavelength conversion of a 10 Gb i t / s non-return-to-zero signal is achieved with a power penalty of 3 dB in the bit-error-rate measurements. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a CNT-technology-based device for integrated photonic applications.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: March 17, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 22, 2010
Published: June 10, 2010

Citation
K. K. Chow, S. Yamashita, and S. Y. Set, "Four-wave-mixing-based wavelength conversion using a single-walled carbon-nanotube-deposited planar lightwave circuit waveguide," Opt. Lett. 35, 2070-2072 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-12-2070

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