Nonlinear Applications

Optical fibers made from chalcogenide glass exhibit large optical nonlinearities, which can be as large as 100 to 1000 times that of silica glass. The high nonlinearities allow efficient supercontinuum generation enabling creation of broadband sources that can cover the near to mid-IR spectrum, efficient wavelength conversion through four-wave mixing, and creation of fiber lasers and amplifiers in the mid-IR using their large Raman coefficient.  Using this phenomenon opens up the potential for compact and integrated optical switches in civil, medical and military application.  These applications are just a few of what is possible with IRflex’s nonlinear mid-IR fiber technology.