Integration of gigahertz-bandwidth semiconductor devices inside microstructured optical fibres

He, Rongrui, Sazio, Pier J.A., Peacock, Anna C., Healy, Noel, Sparks, Justin R., Krishnamurthi, Mahesh, Gopalan, Venkatraman and Badding, John V. (2012) Integration of gigahertz-bandwidth semiconductor devices inside microstructured optical fibres. Nature Photonics, 6, (3), 174-179. (doi:10.1038/NPHOTON.2011.352).


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The prospect of an all-fibre optical communications network in which light can be generated, modulated and detected within the fibre itself without the need for discrete optoelectronic devices is an appealing one. However, to become a reality, this approach requires the incorporation of optoelectronic materials and functionalities into silica fibres to create a new breed of semiconductor-fibre hybrid devices for performing various tasks. Here, we report the integration of precisely doped semiconductor materials and high-quality rectifying semiconductor junctions into microstructured optical fibres, enabling high-speed, in-fibre functionalities such as photodetection at telecommunications wavelengths. These semiconductor-fibre hybrid devices exhibit a bandwidth of up to 3 GHz and seamless coupling to standard single-mode optical fibres.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1038/NPHOTON.2011.352
ISSNs: 1749-4885 (print)
1749-4893 (electronic)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 334086
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
5 February 2012Published
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 13:41
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:24
NSF Materials World Network: Semiconductor photonic materials inside microstructured optical fibers
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/I035307/1)
Led by: Pier Sazio
1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014
Fiberized Silicon: A New Platform for Nonlinear Photonics Devices
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/G051755/1)
Led by: Anna Peacock
1 January 2010 to 31 December 2012

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