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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 16 — Aug. 4, 2008
  • pp: 11954–11968

Back-seeding of higher order gain processes in picosecond supercontinuum generation

Peter M. Moselund, Michael H. Frosz, Carsten L. Thomsen, and Ole Bang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 16, pp. 11954-11968 (2008)

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In photonic crystal fibers with closely spaced zero dispersion wavelengths it is possible to have two pairs of four-wave mixing (FWM) gain peaks. Here, we demonstrate both numerically and experimentally how the outer four-wave mixing gain peaks can be used to produce a strong amplification peak in a picosecond supercontinuum. The method involves feeding back part of the output light of a SC source and time matching it with the pump light. In this way it is possible to produce a gain of over 20 dB near the FWM gain wavelengths.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 18, 2008
Published: July 25, 2008

Peter M. Moselund, Michael H. Frosz, Carsten L. Thomsen, and Ole Bang, "Back-seeding of higher order gain processes in picosecond supercontinuum generation," Opt. Express 16, 11954-11968 (2008)

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