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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2009
  • pp: 3577–3579

Small core optical waveguides are more nonlinear than expected: experimental confirmation

Shahraam Afshar V., Wen Qi Zhang, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, and Tanya M. Monro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 22, pp. 3577-3579 (2009)

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For the first time, to our knowledge, we demonstrate the experimental confirmation of a new vectorially based expression of the effective nonlinear coefficient γ in bismuth suspended core fibers with core diameters of around 500 nm. The new expression predicts a significantly higher value of γ than what is expected based on the standard expression. We confirm that there is a distinguishable difference between the standard and our new vectorially based γ’s, owing to the high index glass and subwavelength dimension of this fiber, and we show that the experimental result of γ matches the new expression within the experimental error.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 31, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 30, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2009
Published: November 12, 2009

Shahraam Afshar V., Wen Qi Zhang, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, and Tanya M. Monro, "Small core optical waveguides are more nonlinear than expected: experimental confirmation," Opt. Lett. 34, 3577-3579 (2009)

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