Abstract

We report the fabrication of a highly nonlinear holey fiber made from pure silica with an effective area of just 2.8 μm2 at 1550  nm. We believe this to be the smallest effective area yet measured for a holey fiber at 1550  nm. We also report the operation of a 2R regenerative optical switch based on just 3.3  m of the fiber that is shown to have 30 times the nonlinear figure of merit of previous devices based on dispersion-shifted fiber.

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Bennett, P. J.

Birks, T. A.

Broderick, N. G. R.

N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, P. J. Bennett, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 24, 1395 (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. W. Hewak, Y. D. West, N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, in Optical Fiber Communications, 2001 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), paper TuC4.

Hewak, D. W.

D. W. Hewak, Y. D. West, N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, in Optical Fiber Communications, 2001 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), paper TuC4.

Knight, J. C.

Mamyshev, P. V.

P. V. Mamyshev, presented at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC '98), Madrid, Spain, September 20–24, 1998.

Monro, T. M.

N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, P. J. Bennett, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 24, 1395 (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. W. Hewak, Y. D. West, N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, in Optical Fiber Communications, 2001 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), paper TuC4.

Ranka, J. K.

Richardson, D. J.

N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, P. J. Bennett, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 24, 1395 (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. W. Hewak, Y. D. West, N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, in Optical Fiber Communications, 2001 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), paper TuC4.

Russell, P. St. J.

Stentz, A. J.

West, Y. D.

D. W. Hewak, Y. D. West, N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, in Optical Fiber Communications, 2001 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), paper TuC4.

Windeler, R. S.

2001 OSA Technical Digest Series

D. W. Hewak, Y. D. West, N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, in Optical Fiber Communications, 2001 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), paper TuC4.

Opt. Lett.

Other

P. V. Mamyshev, presented at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC '98), Madrid, Spain, September 20–24, 1998.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Scanning-electron microscope photograph of the holey fiber.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Measurement of the nonlinear phase shift in 0.5  m of the nonlinear HF.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Experimental setup for the demonstration of a 2R regenerative switch. (b) Transfer function of the switch.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Measured optical spectra of the input signal λcenter=1554.0 nm, the signal at the output of the HF, and the output signal after spectral filtering λcenter=1555.9 nm. An autocorrelation trace of the regenerated pulses is shown in the inset. SHG, second-harmonic generation.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

(a) Experimental simulation of 10-Gbit/s noisy packets of data. (b) The same data after nonlinear switching in the HF.

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