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Group-velocity-dispersion engineering of tantala integrated photonics

Abstract

Designing integrated photonics, especially to leverage Kerr-nonlinear optics, requires accurate and precise knowledge of the refractive index across the visible to infrared spectral ranges. Tantala (${\rm{T}}{{\rm{a}}_2}{{\rm{O}}_5}$) is an emerging material platform for integrated photonics and nanophotonics that offers broadband ultralow loss, moderately high nonlinearity, and advantages for scalable and heterogeneous integration. We present refractive index measurements on a thin film of tantala, and we explore the efficacy of this data for group-velocity-dispersion (GVD) engineering with waveguide and ring-resonator devices. In particular, the observed spectral extent of supercontinuum generation in fabricated waveguides and the wavelength dependence of free spectral range (FSR) in optical resonators provide a sensitive test of our integrated photonics design process. Our work opens up new design possibilities with tantala, including with octave-spanning soliton microcombs.

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