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Enhanced Properties in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Based Saturable Absorber for All Optical Signal Regeneration

Hanond Nong, Maud Gicquel-Guézo, Laurent Bramerie, Mathieu Perrin, Frédéric Grillot, Romain Fleurier1, Baolai Liang2, Diana L. Huffaker2, Christophe Levallois, Julie Le Pouliquen, Alain Le Corre, Olivier Dehaese, and Slimane Loualiche

Université Européenne de Bretagne, CNRS – Laboratoire FOTON UMR 6082 – INSA Rennes, 20 avenue des Buttes de Coësmes, 35708 Rennes Cedex 7, France
1Laboratoire d'Etude des Microstructures, ONERA–CNRS, 29 Avenue de la division Leclerc, 92322 Châtillon Cedex, France
2Electrical Engineering Department, Engineering IV 18-141, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, U.S.A.

(Received November 17, 2010; accepted January 28, 2011; published online April 5, 2011)

Ultrafast relaxation dynamics of photogenerated carriers in nanostructure based saturable absorber (SA) are investigated using a degenerate cross-polarized pump–probe experiment at 1.55 µm operating wavelength. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) encased in micelles are studied and compared to bundled ones as well as to iron doped InGaAs/InP multiple quantum wells (MQW). SA parameters for all optical signal regeneration (AOSR) are extracted from the normalized differential transmission. Although all samples show the same order of recombination time, SWNT in micelles present a much higher contrast ratio associated to a lower level of saturation fluence as compared to their bundled and MQW counterparts.

DOI: 10.1143/JJAP.50.040206
PACS: 81.05.U-, 81.07.De, 78.47.jb, 42.65.An

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