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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 18630–18637

Highly-efficient coupling of linearly- and radially-polarized femtosecond pulses in hollow-core photonic band-gap fibers

Amiel A. Ishaaya, Christopher J. Hensley, Bonggu Shim, Samuel Schrauth, Karl W. Koch, and Alexander L. Gaeta  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 18630-18637 (2009)

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We demonstrate extremely efficient excitation of linearly-, radially-, and azimuthally-polarized modes in a hollow-core photonic band-gap fiber with femtosecond laser pulses. We achieve coupling efficiencies as high as 98% with linearly polarized input Gaussian beams and with high-power pulses we obtain peak intensities greater than 1014 W/cm2 inside and transmitted through the fiber. With radially polarized pulses, we achieve 91% total transmission through the fiber while maintaining the polarization state. Alternatively with azimuthally-polarized pulses, the mode is degraded in the fiber, and the pure polarization state is not maintained.

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OCIS Codes
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: August 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 18, 2009
Published: September 30, 2009

Amiel A. Ishaaya, Christopher J. Hensley, Bonggu Shim, Samuel Schrauth, Karl W. Koch, and Alexander L. Gaeta, "Highly-efficient coupling of linearly- and radially-polarized femtosecond pulses in hollow-core photonic band-gap fibers," Opt. Express 17, 18630-18637 (2009)

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