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Homogeneous and nanocomposite rare-earth-activated glasses for photonic devices
Author(s): M. Ferrari; C. Armellini; S. Berneschi; M. Brenci; A. Chiappini; A. Chiasera; Y. Jestin; M. Mattarelli; M. Montagna; E. Moser; G. Nunzi Conti; S. Pelli; G. C. Righini; C. Tosello
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Paper Abstract

Since the discovery of optical fibers, the possibility to develop optically confined structures has opened new possibilities for making novel optical components. Rare earth-activated confined structures thus offer interesting solutions for this end. A growing activity in this field is aimed at the development of optical amplifiers in planar form based on rare-earthactivated glasses to provide devices such as lossless splitters, which can find applications in the metropolitan and local area networks. A further development to enhance the spectroscopic properties is achieved by rare-earth co-activated nanocomposite materials, also in planar format. The aim of this paper is to give a review concerning the advances in glass-based photonic systems, where light confinement or the presence of nanostructured hosts for the rare-earth induces an enhancement and a control of the optical and/or spectroscopic properties.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6183, Integrated Optics, Silicon Photonics, and Photonic Integrated Circuits, 61830P (20 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664586
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M. Ferrari, CNR/Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (Italy)
C. Armellini, CNR/Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (Italy)
S. Berneschi, Nello Carraro Institute of Applied Physics (Italy)
M. Brenci, Nello Carraro Institute of Applied Physics (Italy)
A. Chiappini, Univ. di Trento (Italy)
A. Chiasera, CNR/Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (Italy)
Enrico Fermi Ctr. (Italy)
Y. Jestin, CNR/Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (Italy)
M. Mattarelli, Univ. di Trento (Italy)
M. Montagna, Univ. di Trento (Italy)
E. Moser, Univ. di Trento (Italy)
G. Nunzi Conti, Nello Carraro Institute of Applied Physics (Italy)
S. Pelli, Nello Carraro Institute of Applied Physics (Italy)
G. C. Righini, Nello Carraro Institute of Applied Physics (Italy)
C. Tosello, Univ. di Trento (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6183:
Integrated Optics, Silicon Photonics, and Photonic Integrated Circuits
Giancarlo C. Righini, Editor(s)

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