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Opt Express. 2009 Sep 14;17(19):16716-21. doi: 10.1364/OE.17.016716.

Solid-core tellurite glass fiber for infrared and nonlinear applications.

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  • 1Center for Optical Technologies and Physics Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA.


By optimizing glass composition and using a multistage dehydration process, a ternary 80TeO(2)-10ZnO-10Na(2)O glass is obtained that shows excellent transparency in the wavelength range from 0.38 microm up to 6.10 microm. Based on this optimized composition, we report on the fabrication of a single-mode solid-core tellurite glass fiber with large mode area of 103 microm(2) and low loss of 0.24-0.7 dB/m at 1550 nm. By using the continuous-wave self-phase modulation method, the non-resonant nonlinear refractive index n(2) and the effective nonlinear parameter gamma of this made tellurite glass fiber were estimated to be 3.8x10(-19) m(2)/W and 10.6 W(-1) x km(-1) at 1550 nm, respectively.

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