Optical and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Sea Glass Sponge Spicules

  • Yu. N. Kulchin
  • A. V. Bezverbny
  • O. A. Bukin
  • S. S. Voznesensky
  • A. N. Galkina
  • A. L. Drozdov
  • I. G. Nagorny
Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 47)


Originating in nature, the combination of spongin protein with silicon dioxide extracted from seawater by silicatein protein presents a natural nanocomposite material of unique optical and mechanical properties. Mechanically, it combines the elasticity of protein with the flexibility and durability of silica. The light propagation inside spicules of glass sponges is of substantial interest for developing novel elements for photonics applications. The glass sponge spicules have remarkable light guiding properties. Our experimental research on passing laser pulses through spicules of Hyalonema sieboldi and Pheronema sp. reveals a concentration of guided light in the paraxial region. The multi-layer cladding of glass sponge spicules produced by nature has an obvious analogy with some contemporary artificial microstructured optical fibers. Our researches have shown that the core diameter and cladding layers thickness of the spicules of H. sieboldi and Pheronema sp. glass sponges are appropriate for causing photonic bandgaps in the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet wavelength regions. This enables singlemode waveguide and Bragg light propagation regimes in the spicules and provides exciting prospects of using them for the development of fundamentally new integrated optical elements based on peculiar waveguide properties of such structures, e.g., single-way waveguides (optical diodes) with increased mode field diameter and unique frequency and dispersion characteristics. Also, we have investigated the dynamics of propagation of intensive ultra-short pulses with durations T0 < 40 fs through various patterns of spicules. Comparative analysis of the spectra of the output signals has shown that chromatic dispersion in spicules is considerably reduced, which can be explained by waveguide dispersion prevailing over material dispersion because of the multilayer structure of the cladding.


Nonlinear Optical Property Chromatic Dispersion Leaky Mode Microstructured Optical Fiber Glass Sponge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu. N. Kulchin
    • 1
  • A. V. Bezverbny
    • 1
  • O. A. Bukin
    • 1
  • S. S. Voznesensky
    • 1
  • A. N. Galkina
    • 1
  • A. L. Drozdov
    • 2
  • I. G. Nagorny
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Automation and Control Processes of Far Eastern Branch of RASVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Marine Biology of Far Eastern Branch of RASVladivostokRussia

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