Abstract

Optical devices were fabricated in fused silica using the femtosecond direct write technique. We found that the transmission of light through directly written waveguides, whether straight or curved, can be increased by writing waveguides using circularly rather than linearly polarised radiation.

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2006 (3)

2005 (2)

2003 (2)

S. Nolte, M. Will, J. Burghoff and A. Tünnermann, "Femtosecond waveguide writing: a new avenue to threedimensional integrated optics," Appl. Phys. A 77,109-111 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimotsuma, P. G. Kazansky, J. Qiu and K. Hirao, "Self-Organized Nanogratings in Glass Irradiated by Ultrashort Light Pulses," Phys. Rev. Lett. 91,247405 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2002 (1)

1998 (1)

K. Hirao and K. Miura, "Writing waveguides and gratings in silica and related materials by a femtosecond laser," J. Non-Crys.Sol. 239,91-95 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

K.M. Davis, K. Miura, N. Sugimoto and K. Hirao, "Writing waveguides in glass with a femtosecond laser," Opt. Lett. 21,1729-1731 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Mansour and F. Caccavale, "An Improved Procedure to Calculate the Refractive Index Profile from the Measured Near-Field Intensity," J. Lightwave Technol. 14,423-428 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Ams, M.

Arai, A. Y.

Bhardwaj, V. R.

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Bovatsek, J.

Burghoff, J.

S. Nolte, M. Will, J. Burghoff and A. Tünnermann, "Femtosecond waveguide writing: a new avenue to threedimensional integrated optics," Appl. Phys. A 77,109-111 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Caccavale, F.

I. Mansour and F. Caccavale, "An Improved Procedure to Calculate the Refractive Index Profile from the Measured Near-Field Intensity," J. Lightwave Technol. 14,423-428 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Corkum, P.B.

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Davis, K.M.

Eaton, S.M.

Fujimoto, J. G.

Herman, P. R.

Hirao, K.

Y. Shimotsuma, P. G. Kazansky, J. Qiu and K. Hirao, "Self-Organized Nanogratings in Glass Irradiated by Ultrashort Light Pulses," Phys. Rev. Lett. 91,247405 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Hirao and K. Miura, "Writing waveguides and gratings in silica and related materials by a femtosecond laser," J. Non-Crys.Sol. 239,91-95 (1998).
[CrossRef]

K.M. Davis, K. Miura, N. Sugimoto and K. Hirao, "Writing waveguides in glass with a femtosecond laser," Opt. Lett. 21,1729-1731 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hnatovsky, C.

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

Kazansky, P. G.

Y. Shimotsuma, P. G. Kazansky, J. Qiu and K. Hirao, "Self-Organized Nanogratings in Glass Irradiated by Ultrashort Light Pulses," Phys. Rev. Lett. 91,247405 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kowalevicz, A.M.

Mansour, I.

I. Mansour and F. Caccavale, "An Improved Procedure to Calculate the Refractive Index Profile from the Measured Near-Field Intensity," J. Lightwave Technol. 14,423-428 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Marshall, G. D.

Minoshima, K.

Miura, K.

K. Hirao and K. Miura, "Writing waveguides and gratings in silica and related materials by a femtosecond laser," J. Non-Crys.Sol. 239,91-95 (1998).
[CrossRef]

K.M. Davis, K. Miura, N. Sugimoto and K. Hirao, "Writing waveguides in glass with a femtosecond laser," Opt. Lett. 21,1729-1731 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nejadmalayeri, A. H.

Nolte, S.

S. Nolte, M. Will, J. Burghoff and A. Tünnermann, "Femtosecond waveguide writing: a new avenue to threedimensional integrated optics," Appl. Phys. A 77,109-111 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Qiu, J.

Y. Shimotsuma, P. G. Kazansky, J. Qiu and K. Hirao, "Self-Organized Nanogratings in Glass Irradiated by Ultrashort Light Pulses," Phys. Rev. Lett. 91,247405 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rajeev, P. P.

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Rayner, D.M.

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Shah, L.

Shimotsuma, Y.

Y. Shimotsuma, P. G. Kazansky, J. Qiu and K. Hirao, "Self-Organized Nanogratings in Glass Irradiated by Ultrashort Light Pulses," Phys. Rev. Lett. 91,247405 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Simova, E.

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Spence, D. J.

Sugimoto, N.

Taylor, R. S.

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tünnermann, A.

S. Nolte, M. Will, J. Burghoff and A. Tünnermann, "Femtosecond waveguide writing: a new avenue to threedimensional integrated optics," Appl. Phys. A 77,109-111 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Will, M.

S. Nolte, M. Will, J. Burghoff and A. Tünnermann, "Femtosecond waveguide writing: a new avenue to threedimensional integrated optics," Appl. Phys. A 77,109-111 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Withford, M. J.

Yoshino, F.

Zhang, H.

Appl. Phys. A (2)

S. Nolte, M. Will, J. Burghoff and A. Tünnermann, "Femtosecond waveguide writing: a new avenue to threedimensional integrated optics," Appl. Phys. A 77,109-111 (2003).
[CrossRef]

C. Hnatovsky, R. S. Taylor, E. Simova, P. P. Rajeev, D.M. Rayner, V. R. Bhardwaj and P.B. Corkum, "Fabrication of microchannels in glass using focused femtosecond laser radiation and selective chemical etching," Appl. Phys. A 84,47-61 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

I. Mansour and F. Caccavale, "An Improved Procedure to Calculate the Refractive Index Profile from the Measured Near-Field Intensity," J. Lightwave Technol. 14,423-428 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

Y. Shimotsuma, P. G. Kazansky, J. Qiu and K. Hirao, "Self-Organized Nanogratings in Glass Irradiated by Ultrashort Light Pulses," Phys. Rev. Lett. 91,247405 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sol. (1)

K. Hirao and K. Miura, "Writing waveguides and gratings in silica and related materials by a femtosecond laser," J. Non-Crys.Sol. 239,91-95 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Writing setup used to fabricate optical waveguides.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) microscope images of waveguides fabricated in fused silica using (a) linear parallel polarisation (b) linear perpendicular polarisation and (c) circular polarisation. The k -direction of the laser beam propagation, S -direction of sample translation and E -electric field vector are also shown. Insets show the near-field profile corresponding to each waveguide. The direction of the writing beam with respect to the insets was from top to bottom.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Insertion loss measured at 1535 nm for waveguides fabricated with various writing beam pulse energies and polarisations. Insets show near-field profiles of waveguides fabricated with corresponding energies. The direction of the writing beam with respect to the insets was from top to bottom.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Schematic of the curved waveguide fabricated in fused silica using various writing beam polarisations

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Table 1. Propagation losses for a variety of directly written waveguides. Polarisation angle is relative to the direction of sample translation.

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W y W x = NA n ln 2 3 for W x > 3 W y .

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