Applied Physics B

, Volume 78, Issue 5, pp 547–550

Experimental demonstration of a photonic-crystal-fiber optical diode

Authors

  • S.O. Konorov
    • Physics DepartmentM.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • D.A. Sidorov-Biryukov
    • M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • I. Bugar
    • International Laser Center
  • M.J. Bloemer
    • Weapons Sciences DirectorateUS Army Aviation and Missile Command
  • V.I. Beloglazov
    • Institute of Glass Structure Technology and Equipment
  • N.B. Skibina
    • Institute of Glass Structure Technology and Equipment
  • D. Chorvat Jr.
    • International Laser Center
  • D. Chorvat
    • International Laser Center
  • M. Scalora
    • Weapons Sciences DirectorateUS Army Aviation and Missile Command
    • Physics DepartmentM.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
    • M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00340-004-1417-6

Cite this article as:
Konorov, S., Sidorov-Biryukov, D., Bugar, I. et al. Appl Phys B (2004) 78: 547. doi:10.1007/s00340-004-1417-6

Abstract

Two cascaded hollow-core photonic-crystal fibers with slightly shifted, but still overlapping, transmission peaks are shown to function as an optical diode for ultra-short laser pulses. Submicrojoule 100-fs Ti : sapphire laser pulses with a spectrum falling within the passband of one of the fibers, but outside the passband of the second fiber, experience spectral broadening due to self-phase modulation in the first fiber. A part of this self-phase-modulation-broadened spectrum is then transmitted through the second fiber. Identical short pulses propagating in the opposite direction are blocked by the second fiber with a shifted passband. A forward-to-backward signal ratio exceeding 40 is achieved with the created photonic-crystal fiber diode for 0.9-μJ, 100-fs pulses of 800-nm Ti : sapphire laser radiation.

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