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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 22557–22562

Optical Cherenkov radiation by cascaded nonlinear interaction: an efficient source of few-cycle energetic near- to mid-IR pulses

M. Bache, O. Bang, B. B. Zhou, J. Moses, and F. W. Wise  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 22557-22562 (2011)

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When ultrafast noncritical cascaded second-harmonic generation of energetic femtosecond pulses occur in a bulk lithium niobate crystal optical Cherenkov waves are formed in the near- to mid-IR. Numerical simulations show that the few-cycle solitons radiate Cherenkov (dispersive) waves in the λ = 2.2 – 4.5 μm range when pumping at λ1 = 1.2 – 1.8 μm. The exact phase-matching point depends on the soliton wavelength, and we show that a simple longpass filter can separate the Cherenkov waves from the solitons. The Cherenkov waves are born few-cycle with an excellent Gaussian pulse shape, and the conversion efficiency is up to 25%. Thus, optical Cherenkov waves formed with cascaded nonlinearities could become an efficient source of energetic near- to mid-IR few-cycle pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Frequency Conversion, Combs and Nonlinear Waveguides

Original Manuscript: September 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2011
Published: October 25, 2011

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M. Bache, O. Bang, B. B. Zhou, J. Moses, and F. W. Wise, "Optical Cherenkov radiation by cascaded nonlinear interaction: an efficient source of few-cycle energetic near- to mid-IR pulses," Opt. Express 19, 22557-22562 (2011)

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