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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David Hagan
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1011–1022

Systematic z-scan measurements of the third order nonlinearity of chalcogenide glasses

Ting Wang, Xin Gai, Wenhou Wei, Rongping Wang, Zhiyong Yang, Xiang Shen, Steve Madden, and Barry Luther-Davies  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 4, Issue 5, pp. 1011-1022 (2014)

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We report measurements of the third order optical nonlinearity of 51 chalcogenide glasses in the near infrared. Substituting more polarizable elements (Se for S, Sb for As) into the glasses increased their nonlinearity but also reduced the optical bandgap increasing two-photon absorption. Overall the measured values are an extremely good fit to the semi-empirical Miller’s rule whilst the normalized real and imaginary parts are in satisfactory agreement with the scaling for indirect gap semiconductors reported by Dinu. At 1550nm we find that there is an upper limit to the nonlinearity of ≈10−13cm2/W above which two-photon absorption becomes significant.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optical Materials

Original Manuscript: March 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 9, 2014
Published: April 22, 2014

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Ting Wang, Xin Gai, Wenhou Wei, Rongping Wang, Zhiyong Yang, Xiang Shen, Steve Madden, and Barry Luther-Davies, "Systematic z-scan measurements of the third order nonlinearity of chalcogenide glasses," Opt. Mater. Express 4, 1011-1022 (2014)

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