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Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Physics (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Physics

Advisor 1

Ramy El-Ganainy

Committee Member 1

Miguel Levy

Committee Member 2

Durdu Guney


The interplay between the discrete diffraction and Kerr non-linearity can give rise to the formation of bulk and surface solitons. In Jx waveguide arrays where perfect state transfer is possible, these nonlinear effects can lead to a sharp transition between low and high transmission coeffcients as a function of the input light intensity. As proposed recently, this property can be used to build ultrafast, high performance saturable absorbers for laser applications. In this thesis, we present realistic designs of saturable absorbers based on Jx waveguide arrays in silica platforms. We investigate the performance of the proposed device using full-wave electromagnetic simulations and we discuss their fabrication technology using laser-writing in glass.