We numerically investigate ultra-short pulse propagation in multimode optical fibers with launch peak powers approaching the critical power for self-focusing using a generalized multimode nonlinear Schrödinger equation approach. Nonlinear spatial and temporal effects combined with fiber dispersion govern pulse compression in space and time which can result in damage-inducing intensity levels. Here we identify pulse parameters for which damage is avoided and high-power delivery through optical fiber is possible near the fiber zero-dispersion wavelength.
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Graham D. Hesketh, Francesco Poletti, and Peter Horak, "Spatio-Temporal Self-Focusing in Femtosecond Pulse Transmission Through Multimode Optical Fibers," J. Lightwave Technol. 30, 2764-2769 (2012)