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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3288–3290

All-fiber Kerr cell

Daniel Lopez-Cortes, Oleksandr Tarasenko, and Walter Margulis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3288-3290 (2012)

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An all-fiber nanosecond Kerr light gate is described that was constructed using microstructured fibers. The switching voltage for a 20 cm long device is as low as Vπ85V at a 1.06 μm wavelength. The device is fully spliced. The active element is a three-hole fiber provided with internal electrodes in the side-holes and a liquid core of nitrobenzene, which is fully enclosed. This work allows the exploiting of electrically driven liquid-core fibers and demonstrated the removal of the major limitations of Kerr cells in the past, allowing for integration, safe use, and relatively low switching voltage.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2012
Published: July 31, 2012

Daniel Lopez-Cortes, Oleksandr Tarasenko, and Walter Margulis, "All-fiber Kerr cell," Opt. Lett. 37, 3288-3290 (2012)

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