Observation of stimulated Raman scattering in silicon nanocomposites

Sirleto, L.; Ferrara, M. A.; Nicotra, G.; Spinella, C.; Rendina, I.
June 2009
Applied Physics Letters;6/1/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 22, p221106
Academic Journal
In this paper, we report on the observation of stimulated Raman scattering in silicon nanocomposites, consisting of silicon nanoparticles dispersed in SiO2 matrix prepared by sol-gel method. Using a 1427 nm cw pump laser, amplification of Stokes signal, at 1542.2 nm, up to 1.4 dB/cm is demonstrated. A preliminary valuation of approximately a fivefold enhancement of the gain coefficient in Raman amplifier based on silicon nanocomposites with respect to silicon and a significant reduction of threshold power are also reported. These results have a potential interest for silicon-based Raman lasers.


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