We present an analysis and describe the design of supercontinuum (SC) pulse generation in a single-mode optical fiber. SC generation with a dispersion-decreasing fiber with a convex dispersion profile is contrasted with other approaches to obtaining conditions for generating a flat, broadened spectrum. We present general criteria for SC generation by introducing normalized parameters that allow the shape of the SC spectrum to be invariant for several SC-generating fibers and optical pump pulses. Based on these results, we designed a SC fiber and experimentally generated SC pulses that were in good agreement with theory.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
Kunihiko Mori, Hidehiko Takara, and Satoki Kawanishi, "Analysis and design of supercontinuum pulse generation in a single-mode optical fiber," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 1780-1792 (2001)