Alastair M. Glass

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January–March 2000 Introduction The development of optical fiber technology has been a critical milestone in the global telecommunications and information technology revolution. The ability to communicate worldwide on demand would not have been possible without the development of lowloss silica fiber as a broadband medium for transporting voice, video, and(More)
The optical transmission spectrum of a discontinuous metal-island film is strongly affected by extremely thin layers (<1 monolayer) of dye adsorbate. Experimentally observed splitting and broadening of the plasma resonance of silver films with adsorbed rhodamine B and nile blue dyes can be described by an effective-medium calculation for the optical(More)
By using an evaporated silver film that has a continuously varying thickness, we have demonstrated the dependence of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on the dielectric properties of the film. These results support local field models that are based on metal-particle resonances for SERS.
Volume holographic gratings are written with ultraviolet light in high-optical-quality, commercially available Ge-doped silica films and in Ge-doped optical-fiber preform sections loaded with molecular hydrogen. In the film samples, peak refractive-index changes exceeding 10(-2) and a sensitivity (index change/absorbed energy density) of 0.4 × 10(-7)(More)
The goal for optical information processing is to use the unique characteristics of light which are not readily achieved with electronic devices, namely, ultrahigh speed (picoseconds), a high degree of parallelism (image processing), and conductor-free interconnection. The requirements of the nonlinear materials to perform such functions, using all-optical(More)
Optical technologies are becoming increasingly important in areas that were traditionally the domain of electronics. This trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future with optics and electronics being integral, mutually compatible components of systems for consumer markets, industry, and defense. The basis of this progress is the development of(More)
We have performed photodiffractive four-wave mixing in semi-insulating multiple GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells at a wavelength of 0.83 microm. The quantum wells were made semi-insulating by proton implantation, which introduces defects that are available to trap and store charge during holographic recording. The experiments demonstrate how photodiffractive(More)
The steady-state and dynamic behavior of absorption and phase gratings in semi-insulating GaAs and InP have been studied by four-wave mixing. These measurements permit independent study of the space-charge-field screening kinetics and free-carrier recombination kinetics in these materials. The study is important both for the design of optimized materials(More)