Ultrafast laser inscription of an integrated photonic lantern

R R Thomson, Tim A Birks, S G Leon-Saval, A K Kar, J Bland-Hawthorn

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Abstract

We used ultrafast laser inscription to fabricate three-dimensional integrated optical transitions that efficiently couple light from a multimode waveguide to a two-dimensional array of single mode waveguides and back. Although the entire device has an average insertion loss of 5.7 dB at 1539 nm, only 0.7 dB is due to mode coupling losses. Based on an analysis which is presented in the paper, we expect that our device should convert a multimode input into an array of single modes with a loss of 2.0 dB, assuming the input coupling losses are zero. Such devices have applications in astrophotonics and remote sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5698-5705
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Volume19
Issue number6
Early online date11 Mar 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2011

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Thomson, R. R., Birks, T. A., Leon-Saval, S. G., Kar, A. K., & Bland-Hawthorn, J. (2011). Ultrafast laser inscription of an integrated photonic lantern. Optics Express, 19(6), 5698-5705. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.005698

Ultrafast laser inscription of an integrated photonic lantern. / Thomson, R R; Birks, Tim A; Leon-Saval, S G; Kar, A K; Bland-Hawthorn, J.

In: Optics Express, Vol. 19, No. 6, 14.03.2011, p. 5698-5705.

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Thomson, RR, Birks, TA, Leon-Saval, SG, Kar, AK & Bland-Hawthorn, J 2011, 'Ultrafast laser inscription of an integrated photonic lantern', Optics Express, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 5698-5705. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.005698
Thomson RR, Birks TA, Leon-Saval SG, Kar AK, Bland-Hawthorn J. Ultrafast laser inscription of an integrated photonic lantern. Optics Express. 2011 Mar 14;19(6):5698-5705. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.005698
Thomson, R R ; Birks, Tim A ; Leon-Saval, S G ; Kar, A K ; Bland-Hawthorn, J. / Ultrafast laser inscription of an integrated photonic lantern. In: Optics Express. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 6. pp. 5698-5705.
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