Abstract

The field of integrated photonics aims at compressing large and environmentally-sensitive optical systems to micron-sized circuits that can be mass-produced through existing semiconductor fabrication facilities. The integration of optical components on single chips is pivotal to the realization of miniature systems with high degree of complexity. Such novel photonic chips find abundant applications in optical communication, spectroscopy and signal processing. This work concentrates on harnessing nonlinear phenomena to this avail. The first part of this dissertation discusses, both from component and system level, the development of a frequency comb source with a semiconductor mode-locked laser at its heart. New nonlinear devices for supercontinuum and second-harmonic generations are developed and their performance is assessed inside the system. Theoretical analysis of a hybrid approach with synchronously-pumped Kerr cavity is also provided. The second part of the dissertation investigates stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in integrated photonics. A fully-tensorial open-source numerical tool is developed to study SBS in optical waveguides composed of crystalline materials, particularly silicon. SBS is demonstrated in an all-silicon optical platform.

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Graduation Date

2019

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Fathpour, Sasan

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

College

College of Optics and Photonics

Department

Optics and Photonics

Degree Program

Optics and Photonics

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0007674

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0007674

Language

English

Release Date

August 2019

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

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