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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 24 — Nov. 24, 2008
  • pp: 19724–19733

Optimisation of high average power optical parametric generation using a photonic crystal fiber

Trefor Sloanes, Ken McEwan, Brian Lowans, and Laurent Michaille  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 24, pp. 19724-19733 (2008)

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In this paper the length of a photonic crystal fiber is optimised to perform high average output power parametric generation with maximum efficiency. It is shown that the fiber length has to be increased up to 150 m, well beyond the walk-off distance between the pump and signal/idler, to optimize the generation efficiency. In this regime, the Raman process can take over from four-wave mixing and lead to supercontinuum generation. It is shown that the parametric wavelength conversion is directional; probably due to small variations in the core dimensions along the fiber length. The fiber exhibits up to 40% conversion efficiency, with the idler (0.9 µm) and the signal (1.3 µm) having a combined output power of over 1.5 W.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 15, 2008
Published: November 14, 2008

Trefor Sloanes, Ken McEwan, Brian Lowans, and Laurent Michaille, "Optimisation of high average power optical parametric generation using a photonic crystal fiber," Opt. Express 16, 19724-19733 (2008)

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