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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 26 — Dec. 25, 2006
  • pp: 13142–13150

Narrowband supercontinuum control using phase shaping

Dane R. Austin, Jeremy A. Bolger, C. Martijn de Sterke, Benjamin J. Eggleton, and Thomas G. Brown  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 26, pp. 13142-13150 (2006)

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We study theoretically, numerically and experimentally the effect of self-phase modulation of ultrashort pulses with spectrally narrow phase features. We show that spectral enhancement and depletion is caused by changing the relative phase between the initial field and the nonlinearly generated components. Our theoretical results explain observations of supercontinuum enhancement by fiber Bragg gratings, and predict similar enhancements for spectrally shaped pulses in uniform fiber. As proof of principle, we demonstrate this effect in the laboratory using a femtosecond pulse shaper.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 8, 2006
Published: December 22, 2006

Dane R. Austin, Jeremy A. Bolger, C. Martijn de Sterke, Benjamin J. Eggleton, and Thomas G. Brown, "Narrowband supercontinuum control using phase shaping," Opt. Express 14, 13142-13150 (2006)

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