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Control and compression of extreme spectrally-broadened pulses in highly nonlinear fiber
Author(s): B. Kibler; R. Fischer; P.-A. Lacourt; F. Courvoisier; R. Ferrière; C. Billet; D. Neshev; J. M. Dudley
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Paper Abstract

Nonlinear pulse compression techniques are of course very well-known, exploiting the initial spectral broadening and temporal compression phase of higher-order soliton evolution in the anomalous dispersion regime of an optical fiber. However, the presence of effects such as Raman scattering, higher-order dispersion or input pulse noise can induce pulse break-up and instabilities through soliton-fission processes. Recent studies of soliton fission in the context of supercontinuum generation have provided improved insight into the way these processes can be avoided, allowing significant improvement in achievable compressed pulse quality and duration. In this paper we focus on providing an overview of a series of our own experiments around 1550 nm where we have used parabolic pulse similariton amplifiers to generate low noise pulses that have been linearly and nonlinearly compressed to the sub-30 fs regime using controlled compression in highly nonlinear fiber. In addition, we also describe recent results where comparable pulse durations have been obtained using sub-10 cm lengths of highly nonlinear fiber directly spliced to the output pigtail of a commercial femtosecond source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6453, Fiber Lasers IV: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 64530W (20 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.707558
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B. Kibler, Univ. de Franche-Comté (France)
R. Fischer, Univ. de Franche-Comté (France)
Australian National Univ. (Australia)
P.-A. Lacourt, Univ. de Franche-Comté (France)
F. Courvoisier, Univ. de Franche-Comté (France)
R. Ferrière, Univ. de Franche-Comté (France)
C. Billet, Univ. de Franche-Comté (France)
D. Neshev, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
J. M. Dudley, Univ. de Franche-Comté (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6453:
Fiber Lasers IV: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Donald J. Harter; Andreas Tünnermann; Jes Broeng; Clifford Headley, Editor(s)

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