Hybrid polymer photonic crystal fiber with integrated chalcogenide glass nanofilms

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Abstract

The combination of chalcogenide glasses with polymer photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) is a difficult and challenging task due to their different thermo-mechanical material properties. Here we report the first experimental realization of a hybrid polymer-chalcogenide PCF with integrated As2S3 glass nanofilms at the inner surface of the air-channels of a poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) PCF. The integrated high refractive index glass films introduce distinct antiresonant transmission bands in the 480-900 nm wavelength region. We demonstrate that the ultra-high Kerr nonlinearity of the chalcogenide glass makes the polymer PCF nonlinear and provides a possibility to shift the transmission band edges as much as 17 nm by changing the intensity. The proposed fabrication technique constitutes a new highway towards all-fiber nonlinear tunable devices based on polymer PCFs, which at the moment is not possible with any other fabrication method.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific Reports
Volume4
Number of pages7
ISSN2045-2322
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Antiresonant transmission band
  • Ultra-high Kerr nonlinearity
  • Air-channel
  • Arsenic sulfide 1303-33-9
  • Poly-methyl-methacrylate 9011-14-7
  • Biochemistry studies - General
  • All-fiber nonlinear tunable device laboratory equipment
  • Fabrication technique laboratory techniques
  • Hybrid polymer photonic crystal fiber laboratory equipment
  • Integrated chalcogenide glass nanofilm laboratory equipment
  • Chemistry
  • Equipment Apparatus Devices and Instrumentation

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