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  • Received: Oct. 11, 2017

    Accepted: Nov. 3, 2017

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    Published Online: Aug. 4, 2018

    The Author Email: LUO Yanhua (

    DOI: 10.1007/s12200-017-0764-y

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    Yanhua LUO, Binbin YAN, Jianzhong ZHANG, Jianxiang WEN, Jun HE, Gang-Ding PENG. Development of Bi/Er co-doped optical fibers for ultra-broadband photonic applications[J]. Frontiers of Optoelectronics, 2018, 11(1): 37

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Frontiers of Optoelectronics, Vol. 11, Issue 1, 37 (2018)

Development of Bi/Er co-doped optical fibers for ultra-broadband photonic applications

Yanhua LUO1,2,*, Binbin YAN3, Jianzhong ZHANG4, Jianxiang WEN2, Jun HE5, and Gang-Ding PENG1

Author Affiliations

  • 1Photonics & Optical Communications, School of Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW, Australia
  • 2Key Laboratory of Specialty Fiber Optics and Optical Access Networks, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072, China
  • 3State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China
  • 4Key Lab of In-fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry of Education, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China
  • 5Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems of Ministry of Education and Guangdong Province, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China


Targeting the huge unused bandwidth (BW) of modern telecommunication networks, Bi/Er co-doped silica optical fibers (BEDFs) have been proposed and developed for ultra-broadband, high-gain optical amplifiers covering the 1150–1700 nm wavelength range. Ultrabroadband luminescence has been demonstrated in both BEDFs and bismuth/erbium/ytterbium co-doped optical fibers (BEYDFs) fabricated with the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) and in situ doping techniques. Several novel and sophisticated techniques have been developed for the fabrication and characterization of the new active fibers. For controlling the performance of the active fibers, post-treatment processes using high temperature, γ-radiation, and laser light have been introduced. Although many fundamental scientific and technological issues and challenges still remain, several photonic applications, such as fiber sensing, fiber gratings, fiber amplification, fiber lasers, etc., have already been demonstrated.


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