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Single-sided supercontinuum generation in a photonic crystal fiber by selective excitation of the third-order mode
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Paper Abstract

We describe an experiment in which a supercontinuum spectrum is generated by exciting the third-order mode of a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF). Our experiment consists of launching a train of femtosecond pulses into a 45-cm-long span of a PCF by means of an offset pumping technique that can selectively excite higher-order modes. For input wavelengths below 810 nm, the fiber was found to allow for the propagation of higher-order modes. When exciting the third-order mode we were able to generate an almost purely visible supercontinuum even with pulse energies below 100 pJ. Although the spectrum broadens on the short-wavelength side down to the blue region, no components at wavelengths larger than the pump wavelength were observed. The mechanism behind the spectral broadening is mainly ruled by soliton propagation leading to the generation of a blue-shifted dispersive wave. The fact that higher-order modes have a cut-off wavelength plays a fundamental role that accounts for the observed asymmetry of spectral broadening. Our experimental results are compared with the numerical solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Good agreement between experimental and numerical results is found.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6990, Photonic Crystal Fibers II, 69900O (22 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780503
Show Author Affiliations
Rim Cherif, Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (Tunisia)
Mourad Zghal, Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (Tunisia)
Luca Tartara, Univ. di Pavia (Italy)
Vittorio Degiorgio, Univ. di Pavia (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6990:
Photonic Crystal Fibers II
Kyriacos Kalli; Waclaw Urbanczyk, Editor(s)

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