Mid-infrared astrophotonics: Study of ultrafast laser induced index change in compatible materials

A. Arriola*, S. Gross, M. Ams, T. Gretzinger, D. Le Coq, R. P. Wang, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, J. Sanghera, S. Bayya, L. B. Shaw, M. Ireland, P. Tuthill, M. J. Withford

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Abstract

The mid-infrared wavelength regime 3:5 - 4:1μm, known as the astronomical L' band is of special interest for exoplanet hunting. Mid-IR compatible photonic technologies are an enabling platform for a range of critical observational science using compact instruments on the next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes. Pupil remapping interferometry is a technique in which subapertures of the telescope pupil (2D) are reformatted into a 1D linear array. This can be done efficiently using 3D photonics. One of the most important techniques to fabricate 3D photonic devices in glass is ultrafast laser inscription. However, common silicate glasses are opaque above 2-2.2 μm and therefore not useful for the fabrication of waveguides at mid-infrared wavelengths. Here we present a study of mid-infrared transparent materials that are compatible with the ultrafast laser inscription technique. This study will inform the development of mid-infrared photonic devices for future exoplanetary discovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-711
Number of pages14
JournalOptical Materials Express
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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