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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2009
  • pp: 783–791

Compression of realistic laser pulses in hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers

Jesper Lægsgaard and Peter John Roberts  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 783-791 (2009)

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Dispersive compression of chirped few-picosecond pulses at the microjoule level in a hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber is studied numerically. The performance of ideal parabolic input pulses is compared to pulses from a narrowband picosecond oscillator broadened by self-phase modulation during amplification. It is shown that the parabolic pulses are superior for compression of high-quality femtosecond pulses up to the few-megawatts level. With peak powers of 5 10 MW or higher, there is no significant difference in power scaling and pulse quality between the two pulse types for comparable values of power, duration, and bandwidth. The same conclusion is found for the peak power and energy of solitons formed beyond the point of maximal compression. Long-pass filtering of these solitons is shown to be a promising route to clean solitonlike output pulses with peak powers of several MW.

© 2009 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
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 18, 2009
Published: March 25, 2009

Jesper Lægsgaard and Peter John Roberts, "Compression of realistic laser pulses in hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 783-791 (2009)

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