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Supercontinuum generation in optical fibers
Author(s): Shenping Li; A. Boh Ruffin; Dmitri V. Kuksenkov; Ming-Jun Li; Daniel A. Nolan
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we studied SC generation in fiber lasers and in optical fibers pumped by different light sources which include fs and ps pulse sources, and continuous-wave (CW) amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) light sources. First, we demonstrated SC generation with a 10dB spectral bandwidth of 430nm in a fiber ring laser with conventional nonlinear fiber. Second, we proposed and demonstrated a new and efficient approach to generation of a CW SC in optical fibers pumped by a CW ASE light. A bandwidth of 268nm (at -15dB level) with an average spectral density of 2.7mW/nm was demonstrated. Various approaches to flattening the spectrum and increasing the spectral width were also studied. The application of this SC source in WDM passive optical access networks (WDM-PONs) was investigated. Third, the approach of SC generation in a fiber combination of standard SMF and nonlinear DSF pumped by an all-fiber fs pulse Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) system was developed. A spectral bandwidth of over 1000nm was demonstrated. Finally, the generation of broad comb-like-spectral light based on the pulse compression of 40GHz optical pulses in a new nonlinear dispersion-decreasing fiber with high SBS threshold was studied. A continuum light source with over 125 channels and a channel spacing of 40 GHz was achieved. The use of this continuum light source as WDM source in WDM-PONs was investigated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6781, Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices IV, 678105 (21 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.742119
Show Author Affiliations
Shenping Li, Corning Inc. (United States)
A. Boh Ruffin, Corning Inc. (United States)
Dmitri V. Kuksenkov, Corning Inc. (United States)
Ming-Jun Li, Corning Inc. (United States)
Daniel A. Nolan, Corning Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6781:
Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices IV
Ming-Jun Li; Jianping Chen; Satoki Kawanishi; Ian H. White, Editor(s)

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