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Nonlinear optical properties of polycrystalline silicon core fibers from telecom wavelengths into the mid-infrared spectral region

Nonlinear optical properties of polycrystalline silicon core fibers from telecom wavelengths into the mid-infrared spectral region
Nonlinear optical properties of polycrystalline silicon core fibers from telecom wavelengths into the mid-infrared spectral region
Polycrystalline silicon core fibers (SCFs) fabricated via the molten core drawing (MCD) method are emerging as a flexible optoelectronic platform. Here, the optical transmission properties of MCD SCFs that have been tapered down to a few micrometer-sized core dimensions are characterized from the telecom band to the mid-infrared spectal regime. The SCFs exhibit low linear losses on the order of a few dB/cm over the entire wavelength range. Characterization of the two-photon absorption coefficient (βTPA) and nonlinear refractive index (n2) of the SCFs reveals values consistent with previous measurements of single crystal silicon materials, indicating the high optical quality of the polysilicon core material. The high nonlinear figure of merit obtained for wavelengths above 2 μm highlight the potential for these fibers to find application in infrared nonlinear photonics.
1271-1279
Ren, Haonan
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Shen, Li
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Wu, Dong
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Aktas, Ozan
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Hawkins, T.
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Ballato, John
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Gibson, Ursula
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Peacock, Anna
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Ren, Haonan
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Shen, Li
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Wu, Dong
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Aktas, Ozan
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Hawkins, T.
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Ballato, John
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Gibson, Ursula
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Ren, Haonan, Shen, Li, Wu, Dong, Aktas, Ozan, Hawkins, T., Ballato, John, Gibson, Ursula and Peacock, Anna (2019) Nonlinear optical properties of polycrystalline silicon core fibers from telecom wavelengths into the mid-infrared spectral region. Optical Materials Express, 9 (3), 1271-1279. (doi:10.1364/OME.9.001271).

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Polycrystalline silicon core fibers (SCFs) fabricated via the molten core drawing (MCD) method are emerging as a flexible optoelectronic platform. Here, the optical transmission properties of MCD SCFs that have been tapered down to a few micrometer-sized core dimensions are characterized from the telecom band to the mid-infrared spectal regime. The SCFs exhibit low linear losses on the order of a few dB/cm over the entire wavelength range. Characterization of the two-photon absorption coefficient (βTPA) and nonlinear refractive index (n2) of the SCFs reveals values consistent with previous measurements of single crystal silicon materials, indicating the high optical quality of the polysilicon core material. The high nonlinear figure of merit obtained for wavelengths above 2 μm highlight the potential for these fibers to find application in infrared nonlinear photonics.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 November 2018
Published date: 19 February 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 430461
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430461
PURE UUID: 7623f7ee-1391-46a2-85d6-3b8246ec2807
ORCID for Ozan Aktas: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2255-7761
ORCID for Anna Peacock: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1940-7172

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Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:46

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Author: Haonan Ren
Author: Li Shen
Author: Dong Wu
Author: Ozan Aktas ORCID iD
Author: T. Hawkins
Author: John Ballato
Author: Ursula Gibson
Author: Anna Peacock ORCID iD

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