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Sol-gel technologies in thin film fabrication for integrated optics lasers and amplifiers
Author(s): Rui Manuel Almeida; H. Cristina Vasconcelos
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Paper Abstract

There is a strong need for the development of cheap component technologies for optical functions such as switching, demultiplexing and amplification. Silica-on-silicon integrated optics using sol-gel processing is probably the best technology for such low cost applications. This review focuses on the sol-gel based thin film fabrication technologies for integrated optics (IO) lasers and amplifiers, using Nd3+ and Er3+ as the active species. Special emphasis is given to the work performed under the European Union sponsored projects NODES (ESPRIT) and CAPITAL (ACTS), in particular to the processing and characterization of Nd3+ and Er3+-doped silica-titania planar waveguides for IO lasers and amplifiers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 1997
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 10290, Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review, 1029009 (29 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279836
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Rui Manuel Almeida, Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal)
H. Cristina Vasconcelos, Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10290:
Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review
Mark P. Andrews; S. Iraj Najafi, Editor(s)

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