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Zinc borophosphate glasses for infrared-based optical applications
Author(s): Safeya Ibrahim; Manal Abdel-Baki; Fouad El-Diasty
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Paper Abstract

A series of ternary phosphate glass systems required for infrared (IR) photonic device fabrication is synthesized by the melt-quenching technique. The effect of replacing (divalent) ZnO with (monovalent) Na 2 O on optical properties of the glass systems is investigated. The dependence of the refractive index on composition is measured over a wavelength range of 1 to 2.5 μm; the second-order nonlinear refractive index is inferred. The different factors that play a role on controlling the glass refractive index, such as electronic polarizability, bridging and non-bridging oxygen, optical basicity, and ionic interaction parameter of oxides are discussed. IR vibrational spectroscopy is used as a structural probe of the nearest neighbor environment in the glass network. The present glasses are proper to be applied in C -band telecommunication systems around 1550 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(9) 093401 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.9.093401
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Safeya Ibrahim, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Manal Abdel-Baki, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Fouad El-Diasty, Ain Shams Univ. (Egypt)

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