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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2012
  • pp: 1058–1060

Tunable ultrafast nonlinear optofluidic coupler

Marius Vieweg, Sebastian Pricking, Timo Gissibl, Yaroslav V. Kartashov, Lluis Torner, and Harald Giessen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 6, pp. 1058-1060 (2012)

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We present an optofluidic nonlinear coupler fabricated by selective filling of two strands of a photonic crystal fiber with the liquid CCl4 which exhibits a large ultrafast Kerr nonlinearity. We demonstrate power dependent switching in this novel optofluidic device. The large thermo-optical effect of liquids enables us to tune the behavior of the nonlinear coupler by changing the coupling strength with temperature. This opens the road towards flexible designs and realization of a new class of tunable ultrafast nonlinear couplers with switching times below 1 ps.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2012
Published: March 12, 2012

Marius Vieweg, Sebastian Pricking, Timo Gissibl, Yaroslav V. Kartashov, Lluis Torner, and Harald Giessen, "Tunable ultrafast nonlinear optofluidic coupler," Opt. Lett. 37, 1058-1060 (2012)

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