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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 20 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 13457–13462

Tunable enhancement of a soliton spectrum using an acoustic long-period grating

J.A. Bolger, F. Luan, D.-I. Yeom, E.N. Tsoy, C. M. de Sterke, and B.J. Eggleton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 20, pp. 13457-13462 (2007)

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We demonstrate a scheme for tunable shaping of a soliton spectrum. Specifically, we show a local enhancement of 6 dB in the pulse spectrum by propagating the pulse through a fiber containing micro-bends generated by a flexural acoustic wave - an acoustic long-period grating (LPG) - followed by nonlinear propagation through uniform fiber. The location of the enhancement peak can be tuned by external control of the acoustic frequency of the LPG. We discuss the potential application of this scheme to tunable supercontinuum sources.

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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

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2007
Published: September 28, 2007

J. A. Bolger, F. Luan, D.-I. Yeom, E. N. Tsoy, C. M. de Sterke, and B. J. Eggleton, "Tunable enhancement of a soliton spectrum using an acoustic long-period grating," Opt. Express 15, 13457-13462 (2007)

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