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Plastic optical fibres dopants to obtain gain enlargement and ultrafast optical switching
Author(s): A. Luísa Mendonça; Ana Charas; Jenny Clark; Luca Bazzana; Alessandro Nocivelli; Guglielmo Lanzani; Jorge Morgado
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Paper Abstract

Conjugated luminescent polymers have been shown to exhibit stimulated emission under optical pumping. Dilution in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) leads to an enlargement, towards longer wavelengths, of the gain region. In addition, ultrafast optical switching is observed when a second pulse is applied during excited state lifetime. These two properties are of high importance for optical communications and can bring to the plastic optical fibres (POFs) the equivalent of erbium amplification in silica fibres. In this communication we report on the gain and switching properties of PMMA films and POFs doped with conjugated oligomers and polymers, prepared by blending or copolymerisation. The dopants were functionalised with polar side groups to improve their solubility in MMA and/or with reactive methacrylate groups so they can be copolymerised with MMA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8001, International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 800147 (26 July 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892207
Show Author Affiliations
A. Luísa Mendonça, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Ana Charas, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Jenny Clark, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Cavendish Lab. (United Kingdom)
Luca Bazzana, Luceat S.p.A. (Italy)
Alessandro Nocivelli, Luceat S.p.A. (Italy)
Guglielmo Lanzani, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Jorge Morgado, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8001:
International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe Costa, Editor(s)

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