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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1263–1265

Continuous-wave mid-infrared frequency conversion in silicon nanowaveguides

Ryan K. W. Lau, Michaël Ménard, Yoshitomo Okawachi, Mark A. Foster, Amy C. Turner-Foster, Reza Salem, Michal Lipson, and Alexander L. Gaeta  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 7, pp. 1263-1265 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001263


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Abstract

We report the first demonstration of cw wavelength conversion from the telecommunications band to the mid-IR (MIR) region via four-wave mixing in silicon nanowaveguides. We measure a parametric bandwidth of 748 nm by converting a 1636 nm signal to produce a 2384 nm idler and show continuously tunable wavelength conversion from 1792 to 2116 nm . This report indicates that the advantages of silicon photonics may be leveraged to create devices for a large range of MIR applications that require cw operation.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2011
Published: March 30, 2011

Citation
Ryan K. W. Lau, Michaël Ménard, Yoshitomo Okawachi, Mark A. Foster, Amy C. Turner-Foster, Reza Salem, Michal Lipson, and Alexander L. Gaeta, "Continuous-wave mid-infrared frequency conversion in silicon nanowaveguides," Opt. Lett. 36, 1263-1265 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-7-1263

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