, Volume 54, Issue 13, pp 2221-2224
Date: 03 Jul 2009

Enhanced parametric amplification in slow-light photonic crystal waveguides

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We demonstrate both theoretically and numerically that slow light can enhance the parametric process of silicon in photonic crystal line-defect waveguides. Specifically, to get the desired gain, the pump power for a given gain medium length or the gain medium length for given pump power can be reduced by (c/v g n)2 when slow light waveguides are used, where n is the material index of conventional waveguide, v g is the group velocity of the slow light waveguide and c is the light velocity in vacuum.

Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 60377023, 60672017), New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET), Shanghai Optical Science and Technology Project (Grant No. 05DZ22009) and Shanghai Pujiang Program