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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 25 — Dec. 15, 2003
  • pp: 3338–3345

Intensity and polarization dependences of the supercontinuum generation in birefringent and highly nonlinear microstructured fibers

Antoine Proulx, Jean-Michel Ménard, Nicolas Hô, Jacques M. Laniel, Réal Vallée, and Claude Paré  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 25, pp. 3338-3345 (2003)

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We present experimental results highlighting the physical mechanism responsible for the initial spectral broadening of femtosecond Ti:Sapphire pulses in a highly birefringent microstructured fiber having a small effective area. By rotating the input polarization and varying the injected power while monitoring the resulting changes in the output spectrum, we are bringing clear evidences that the initial broadening mechanism leading to a broadband supercontinuum is indeed the fission of higher-order solitons into redshifted fundamental solitons along with blueshifted nonsolitonic radiation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

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Original Manuscript: October 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2003
Published: December 15, 2003

Antoine Proulx, Jean-Michel Ménard, Nicolas Hô, Jacques Laniel, Réal Vallée, and Claude Paré, "Intensity and polarization dependences of the supercontinuum generation in birefringent and highly nonlinear microstructured fibers," Opt. Express 11, 3338-3345 (2003)

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