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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2002
  • pp: 575–580

Ultrashort pulse propagation in air-silica microstructure fiber

Brian R. Washburn, Stephen E. Ralph, and Robert S. Windeler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 13, pp. 575-580 (2002)

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The unique dispersive and nonlinear properties of air-silica microstructure fibers lead to supercontinuum generation at modest pulse energies. We report the results of a comprehensive experimental and numerical study of the initial stages of supercontinuum generation. The influence of initial peak power on the development of a Raman soliton is quantified. The role of dispersion on the spectral development within this pre-supercontinuum regime is determined by varying the excitation wavelength near the zero dispersion point. Good agreement is obtained between the experiments and simulations, which reveal that intrapulse Raman scattering and anti-Stokes generation occur for low power and short propagation distance.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

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Original Manuscript: June 10, 2002
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2002
Published: July 1, 2002

Brian Washburn, Stephen Ralph, and Robert Windeler, "Ultrashort pulse propagation in air-silica microstructure fiber," Opt. Express 10, 575-580 (2002)

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