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Design of erbium-doped microsphere lasers
Author(s): F. Prudenzano; L. Mescia; L. Allegretti; A. D'Orazio; M. De Sario; T. Palmisano; P. Féron; M. Ferrari; G. Nunzi Conti; G. C. Righini
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Paper Abstract

The lasing characteristics of an erbium doped silica glass microsphere coupled to a tapered fiber are numerically investigated in the third band of the optical fiber communication. In the model, the electromagnetic field profile of the whispering gallery modes (WGMs) traveling in the microsphere is described by means of spherical Bessel functions for the radial dependence and spherical harmonics for the angular dependence, at both pump and signal wavelengths. Moreover, the microsphere laser operation has been simulated by taking into account the rare earth ion emission, via the rate equations, and the coupling with the tapered fiber. A number of simulations have been performed in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the active microspheres to be employed as distributed micro laser sources or to fabricate active microsensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7366, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications III, 73660I (20 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.821650
Show Author Affiliations
F. Prudenzano, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
L. Mescia, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
L. Allegretti, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
A. D'Orazio, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
M. De Sario, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
T. Palmisano, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
P. Féron, Lab. d'Optronique, CNRS, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie (France)
M. Ferrari, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR (Italy)
G. Nunzi Conti, Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, CNR (Italy)
G. C. Righini, Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, CNR (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7366:
Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications III
Ali Serpenguzel; Gonçal Badenes; Giancarlo C. Righini, Editor(s)

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