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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2009
  • pp: 3077–3079

Carbon nanotube-doped polymer optical fiber

Sho Uchida, Amos Martinez, Yong-Won Song, Takaaki Ishigure, and Shinji Yamashita  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 20, pp. 3077-3079 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.003077


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Abstract

We present a method to fabricate graded-index multimode polymer optical fibers doped with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Such fiber structures provide the means to fully utilize the exceptional optical properties of the CNTs. The core region of the fiber is composed of CNTs and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) with the addition of diphenyl sulfide (DPS), which acts as the dispersion stabilizer of CNTs in PMMA as well as the dopant to increase the refractive index of the core. Utilizing 2.5 cm of the fiber as a saturable absorber, passively mode-locked lasing with duration of 3.0 ps and repetition rate of 30.3 MHz was demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2009
Published: October 5, 2009

Citation
Sho Uchida, Amos Martinez, Yong-Won Song, Takaaki Ishigure, and Shinji Yamashita, "Carbon nanotube-doped polymer optical fiber," Opt. Lett. 34, 3077-3079 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-20-3077

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