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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2012
  • pp: 1331–1333

Ultralow power continuous-wave frequency conversion in hydrogenated amorphous silicon waveguides

Ke-Yao Wang and Amy C. Foster  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 8, pp. 1331-1333 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.001331


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Abstract

We demonstrate wavelength conversion through nonlinear parametric processes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) with maximum conversion efficiency of 13dB at telecommunication data rates (10 GHz) using only 15 mW of pump peak power. Conversion bandwidths as large as 150 nm (20 THz) are measured in continuous-wave regime at telecommunication wavelengths. The nonlinear refractive index of the material is determined by four-wave mixing (FWM) to be n2=7.43×1013cm2/W, approximately an order of magnitude larger than that of single crystal silicon.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(130.7405) Integrated optics : Wavelength conversion devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2012
Published: April 10, 2012

Citation
Ke-Yao Wang and Amy C. Foster, "Ultralow power continuous-wave frequency conversion in hydrogenated amorphous silicon waveguides," Opt. Lett. 37, 1331-1333 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-8-1331


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