Controllable Growth of Graphene Photonic Crystal Fibers with Tunable Optical Nonlinearity

Yi Cheng, Wentao Yu, Jin Xie, Ruoyu Wang, Guang Cui, Xu Cheng, Mengwen Li, Kun Wang, Junliang Li, Zhipei Sun, Ke Chen, Kaihui Liu, Zhongfan Liu*

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Abstract

The graphene photonic crystal fiber (Gr-PCF), with graphene coated onto the inner hole walls of the fiber, has shown its superiority in various photonic and optoelectronic applications ranging from electro-optic modulators to environmental sensors. However, these applications mainly utilize the linear optical properties of graphene, and its potentials in the nonlinear optical regime are still waiting to be explored. As for the nonlinear applications, the structure and property of Gr-PCF must be precisely manipulated for the tradeoff between nonlinear enhancement and linear absorption loss of graphene. Here, we propose a pressure-controllable chemical vapor deposition strategy to precisely control the uniform fiber length and graphene thickness, realizing the strong and tunable optical nonlinearity of Gr-PCF with acceptable optical loss. Based on the as-fabricated fiber, the nonlinear harmonic generations exhibit nearly one order of magnitude enhancement compared with those of graphene on planar quartz. Moreover, an ultrafast all-fiber laser employing the nonlinear Gr-PCF as a saturable absorber is demonstrated with ∼8 mW output power, ∼2 ps pulse width, and ∼37 MHz repetition frequency. Our results can technically open up an infusive way to precisely engineer the nonlinear properties of graphene optical fibers and broaden their applications in all-fiber photonic and optoelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961–968
Number of pages8
JournalACS Photonics
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • all-fiber laser
  • graphene
  • nonlinear harmonic generation
  • optical fiber
  • pressure-controllable chemical vapor deposition

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