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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1418–1420

Ultrafast laser fabrication of low-loss waveguides in chalcogenide glass with 0.65dB/cm loss

Ben McMillen, Botao Zhang, Kevin P. Chen, Antonio Benayas, and Daniel Jaque  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1418-1420 (2012)

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This Letter reports on the fabrication of low-loss waveguides in gallium-lanthanum-sulfide chalcogenide glasses using an ultrafast laser. Spatial beam shaping and temporal pulse width tuning were used to optimize the guided mode profiles and optical loss of laser-written waveguides. Highly symmetric single-mode waveguides guiding at 1560 nm with a loss of 0.65dB/cm were fabricated using 1.5 ps laser pulses. This Letter suggests a pathway to produce high quality optical waveguides in substrates with strong nonlinearity using the ultrafast laser direct writing technique.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(130.2755) Integrated optics : Glass waveguides

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Original Manuscript: November 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 30, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2012
Published: April 19, 2012

Ben McMillen, Botao Zhang, Kevin P. Chen, Antonio Benayas, and Daniel Jaque, "Ultrafast laser fabrication of low-loss waveguides in chalcogenide glass with 0.65  dB/cm loss," Opt. Lett. 37, 1418-1420 (2012)

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