Scardaci V., Rozhin A. G., Hennrich F., Milne W. I., Ferrari A. C.
We report the fabrication of high optical quality single wall carbon nanotube polyvinyl alcohol composites and their application in nanotube based photonic devices. These show a broad absorption of semiconductor tubes centred at ˜1.55 μm, the spectral range of interest for optical communications. The films are used as mode-lockers in an erbium doped fibre laser, achieving ˜700 fs mode-locked pulses. Raman spectroscopy shows no damage after a long time continuous laser operation.