Conference Paper

Silicon Raman amplifiers, lasers, and their applications

Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA
DOI: 10.1109/GROUP4.2005.1516397 Conference: Group IV Photonics, 2005. 2nd IEEE International Conference on
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ABSTRACT This paper presents recent breakthroughs and applications of Raman based silicon photonics such as silicon Raman amplifiers and lasers. These lasers would extend the wavelength range of III-V laser to mid-IR where important applications such as laser medicine, biochemical sensing, and free space optical communication await the emergence of a practical and low cost laser.

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