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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Apr. 14, 2008
  • pp: 5942–5953

Supercontinuum generation and soliton timing jitter in SF6 soft glass photonic crystal fibers

Anatoly Efimov and Antoinette J. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 5942-5953 (2008)

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We use broadband frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) and cross-correlation FROG (XFROG) techniques to study the details of the supercontinuum generated in extruded soft glass SF6 photonic crystal fibers pumped with envelope-modulated 100 fs pulses at telecom wavelengths. Strong temporal jitter of solitons is observed with highly non-Gaussian statistics, which is related to the statistics of the pump pulse envelope shape fluctuations. The ripples present on the input pulse seed the modulation instability at high pump powers, affecting soliton fission. Numerical modeling confirms strong sensitivity of the soliton fission process to the presence of ripples on the pump pulse envelope.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystal Fibers

Original Manuscript: March 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 9, 2008
Published: April 11, 2008

Anatoly Efimov and Antoinette J. Taylor, "Supercontinuum generation and soliton timing jitter in SF6 soft glass photonic crystal fibers," Opt. Express 16, 5942-5953 (2008)

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