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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2001
  • pp: 84–86

Optical bistability of stimulated-emission lines in Sm3+-doped glass microspheres

Tomokatsu Hayakawa, Hiroyuki Ooishi, and Masayuki Nogami  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 84-86 (2001)

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A third-order optical nonlinear effect in a spherical glass resonator doped with Sm3+ ions has been observed on stimulated emission lines of the 4G5/26H7/2 transition, in which the excitation beam of an Ar+ laser in a 488-nm single line is coupled with the glass resonator through a prism. A spherical form is produced during a free fall of fractional glasses in a longitudinal electric furnace configured vertically. The prism-coupled glass microsphere exhibits sufficient performance to confine photon energy as a resonance of light inside the sphere and offers the prospect of new applications to functional photonic circuits.

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OCIS Codes
(000.1600) General : Classical and quantum physics
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear

Tomokatsu Hayakawa, Hiroyuki Ooishi, and Masayuki Nogami, "Optical bistability of stimulated-emission lines in Sm3+-doped glass microspheres," Opt. Lett. 26, 84-86 (2001)

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