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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 25 — Dec. 11, 2006
  • pp: 12039–12048

Polarization-maintaining fiber pulse compressor by birefringent hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber

Akira Shirakawa, Motoyuki Tanisho, and Ken-ichi Ueda  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 25, pp. 12039-12048 (2006)

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Structural birefringent properties of a hollow-core photonic-bandgap fiber were carefully investigated and applied to all-fiber chirpedpulse amplification as a compressor. The group birefringence of as high as 6.9×10-4 and the dispersion splitting by as large as 149 ps/nm/km between the two principal polarization modes were observed at 1557 nm. By launching the amplifier output to one of the polarization modes a 17-dB polarization extinction ratio was obtained without any pulse degradation originating from polarization-mode dispersion. A hybrid fiber stretcher effectively compensates the peculiar dispersion of the photonic-bandgap fiber and pedestal-free 440-fs pulses with a 1-W average power and 21-nJ pulse energy were obtained. Polarization-maintaining fiber-pigtail output of high-power femtosecond pulses is useful for various applications.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 29, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 30, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2006
Published: December 11, 2006

Akira Shirakawa, Motoyuki Tanisho, and Ken-ichi Ueda, "Polarization-maintaining fiber pulse compressor by birefringent hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber," Opt. Express 14, 12039-12048 (2006)

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