Nonlinearities in porous silicon optical waveguides at 1550 nm

Published/Posted: February 19, 2009

Authors: Apiratikul, P.; Rossi, A. M.; Murphy, T. E.

DOI: 10.1364/OE.17.003396

Abstract: We report an experimental investigation of the nonlinear optical properties of nanoporous silicon optical waveguides measured at 1550 nm. The nonlinear properties including two-photon absorption, self-phase modulation, free-carrier absorption and free-carrier plasma dispersion are characterized and compared with similar measurements conducted on a conventional silicon-on-insulator ridge waveguide. Our study reveals that even waveguides that are 70% porous exhibit two-photon absorption and self-phase modulation coefficients that are comparable to those of crystalline silicon. The free-carrier absorption and dispersion in porous silicon waveguides are found to be significantly faster, and stronger than those reported for crystalline silicon.

Citation:
P. Apiratikul, A. M. Rossi and T. E. Murphy, "Nonlinearities in porous silicon optical waveguides at 1550 nm", Opt. Express 17(5) 3396-3406 (2009)
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