Integrated Photonic Manufacturing Enabled by Ultrafast Laser Technology

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Integrated Photonic Manufacturing Enabled by Ultrafast Laser Technology

Event details

Focussed Ultrashort laser pulses can modify the local refractive index of certain materials, significant research has been expended into using ultrafast lasers to fabricate integrated optical devices. Integrated optical waveguides ? the optical analogue of wires ? can be simply fabricated by translating the sample in the path of such short optical pulse trains, which effectively amounts to writing the desired optical circuit in a controlled way in that sample. This direct-write approach offers several key benefits over conventional fabrication techniques. It neither requires use of expensive clean room facilities, nor involves complex film deposition and subsequent etching processes. This technology can also yield 3D structures, unachievable through conventional techniques.

In my talk I will present how the ultrafast laser inscription technology can be used to develop compact lasers, supercontinuum chips and biophotonic devices

About Condensed Matter lunchtime seminars

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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