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Characterization of all-normal-dispersion microstructured optical fiber via numerical simulation of passive nonlinear pulse reshaping and single-pulse flat-top supercontinuum

Paper Abstract

The supercontinuum (SC) generated by pumping in anomalous dispersion is sensitive to the input pulse fluctuations and pump laser’s shot noises and does not possess a single-pulse waveform, so the incident pulse becomes a noise-like train of spikes. A simple method of creating pulsed lasers with either pulse-maintaining ultrabroad SC or specially shaped pulse waveforms can be implemented using all-normal-dispersion microstructured optical fibers (ANDi-MOFs). An ANDi-MOF with a simple topology and dispersion profile maximum at 800 nm was designed using the effective index method. Its properties and suitability were characterized via numerical simulation of femtosecond parabolic pulse formation and generation of an octave-spanning pulse-maintaining SC using a generalized propagation equation. The designed ANDi-MOF is suitable for resolving both problems and allows some detuning of the pulse’s wavelength around 800 nm. However, a better choice for SC generation is pumping at or near the wavelength where the third-order dispersion becomes zero. This configuration benefits from the absence of pulse break-up under large pulse energies, which appears otherwise. The fiber can provide a low-cost method for developing supercontinuum sources and a solution to the problems of parabolic waveform formation to meet the needs of optical signal processing and pulse amplification and compression.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2014
PDF: 12 pages
J. Nanophoton. 8(1) 083890 doi: 10.1117/1.JNP.8.083890
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 8, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Oleksiy V. Shulika, Univ. de Guanajuato (Mexico)
Igor A. Sukhoivanov, Univ. de Guanajuato (Mexico)
Gabriel Ramos-Ortiz, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Igor V. Guryev, Univ. de Guanajuato (Mexico)
Sergii O. Iakushev, Kharkov National Univ. of Radio Electronics (Ukraine)
José A. Andrade-Lucio, Univ. de Guanajuato (Mexico)

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