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Enhancing the optical nonlinearity by 1D thin-film photonic crystals with Kerr defect cavities
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we study the linear and nonlinear responses of 1-D photonic bandgap (PBG) structures. We show that, the nonlinear interaction can be greatly enhanced by the use of Kerr defect modes in a 1D dielectric photonic crystal structure, such as low-intensity bistability and multistability, and by optimizing the design of the layer sequence. 1-D PBG structure can also be promising candidate as low-intensity nonlinear phase shifter. Nonlinear z-scan measurements of a 3-cavity thin-film PBG sample show that the nonlinearity is enhanced over the native material by a factor over 30, while maintaining a bandwidth greater than 1T Hz, which is great for all-optical switching.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5733, Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices III, (13 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.592031
Show Author Affiliations
Yan Chen, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Yongdong Liu, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Steve Blair, Univ. of Utah (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5733:
Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices III
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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