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Supercontinuum generation and its applications
Author(s): Hideyuki Sotobayashi; Juliet T. Gopinath; Hanfei M. Shen; Jason W. Sickler; Peter T. Rakich; Erich P. Ippen
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we describe the design theory for the supercontinuum spectrum generation in an optical fiber. To generate a wideband supercontinuum spectrum, the balance between fiber nonlinearity and the amount of group velocity dispersion is important. Secondly, the experimental results of supercontinuum generation are shown. A few kinds of optical fibers such as a highly nonlinear dispersion-shifted fiber and a highly nonlinear bismuth-oxide fiber are tested. Finally several applications of supercontinuum light are described. We demonstrate multi-wavelength light source, wavelength conversion, multiplexing format conversion, and optical characterization using a supercontinuum light source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6014, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications V, 60140T (25 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.633412
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Hideyuki Sotobayashi, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Juliet T. Gopinath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Hanfei M. Shen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Jason W. Sickler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Peter T. Rakich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Erich P. Ippen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6014:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications V
Achyut K. Dutta; Yasutake Ohishi; Niloy K. Dutta; Jesper Moerk, Editor(s)

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