Abstract

Continuous-wave (CW) mid-infrared (MIR) wavelength conversion is experimentally demonstrated using degenerate four-wave mixing (FWM) between two thulium-doped fiber (TDF) lasers in a silicon waveguide. One TDF laser is homemade with a high power and tunable wavelength, while the other one is a commercial product. The conversion efficiency is measured with respect to the pump power and the signal wavelength detuning. In the 2 μm MIR band, the measured 3 dB conversion bandwidth is 52 nm. It verifies the feasibility of FWM-based wavelength conversion based on silicon waveguides in future MIR optical communication systems.

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