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Demonstration of Optical Nonlinearity in InGaAsP/InP Passive Waveguides

By Shayan Saeidi, Payman Rasekh, Kashif M. Awan, Alperen Tüğen, Mikko J. Huttunen and Ksenia Dolgaleva


We report on the study of the third-order nonlinear optical interactions in In$_{x}$Ga$_{1-x}$As$_{y}$P$_{1-y}$/InP strip-loaded waveguides. The material composition and waveguide structures were optimized for enhanced nonlinear optical interactions. We performed self-phase modulation, four-wave mixing and nonlinear absorption measurements at the pump wavelength 1568 nm in our waveguides. The nonlinear phase shift of up to $2.5\pi$ has been observed in self-phase modulation experiments. The measured value of the two-photon absorption coefficient $\alpha_2$ was 15 cm/GW. The four-wave mixing conversion range, representing the wavelength difference between maximally separated signal and idler spectral components, was observed to be 45 nm. Our results indicate that InGaAsP has a high potential as a material platform for nonlinear photonic devices, provided that the operation wavelength range outside the two-photon absorption window is selected

Topics: Physics - Optics
Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.optmat.2018.07.037
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