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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 949–953

Fiber-based device for the detection of low-intensity fluctuations of ultrashort pulses

Charles Henri Hage, Bertrand Kibler, and Christophe Finot  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 7, pp. 949-953 (2012)

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We describe a fiber-based device that can significantly enhance the low-intensity fluctuations of an ultrashort pulse train to detect them more easily than with usual direct detection systems. Taking advantage of the Raman intrapulse effect that progressively shifts the central frequency of a femtosecond pulse propagating in an anomalous dispersion fiber, a subsequent spectral filtering can efficiently increase the level of fluctuations by more than 1 order of magnitude. We show that attention has to be paid to maintain the shape of the statistical distribution unaffected by the nonlinear process.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 6, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2011
Published: February 29, 2012

Charles Henri Hage, Bertrand Kibler, and Christophe Finot, "Fiber-based device for the detection of low-intensity fluctuations of ultrashort pulses," Appl. Opt. 51, 949-953 (2012)

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