All-optical switching based on inverse Raman scattering in liquid-core optical fibers

K. Kieu, L. Schneebeli, E. Merzlyak, J. M. Hales, A. DeSimone, J. W. Perry, R. A. Norwood, N. Peyghambarian

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Abstract

We report on a new platform for all-optical switching based on inverse Raman scattering in liquids. Narrowband switching, which could be suitable for wavelength-division-multiplexed applications, is demonstrated using integrated liquid-core optical fiber infiltrated with both neat liquids (CCl4 and CS2) as well as an organic chromophore (β-carotene) dissolved in CCl4. Compared to standard glass optical fibers, these liquids have much larger Raman loss coefficients, which help reduce the pump power by at least an order of magnitude. Further improvements can be expected with the development of highly soluble organic compounds possessing large Raman cross sections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)942-944
Number of pages3
JournalOptics letters
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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