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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 26 — Dec. 10, 2012
  • pp: B574–B580

Flat and broadband supercontinuum generation by four-wave mixing in a highly nonlinear tapered microstructured fiber

Meisong Liao, Weiqing Gao, Tonglei Cheng, Zhongchao Duan, Xiaojie Xue, Takenobu Suzuki, and Yasutake Ohishi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 26, pp. B574-B580 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.00B574


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Abstract

We have demonstrated broad supercontinuum (SC) generation by using a highly nonlinear tapered tellurite microstructured fiber pumped by a 15-ps-pulsed laser with the peak power of 375 W. The fiber is characterized with a short section with a large diameter followed by a long section with a small diameter. The SC was mainly generated in the last 30-cm-long section which had a core diameter of 0.9 μm and a zero dispersion wavelength around the pump wavelength. Such a core size and a dispersion profile were chosen to ensure the SC was mainly broadened by phase matched four-wave mixing. The SC spans from UV to mid IR. The 10 dB spectrum is from 780 to 1890 nm. The input peak power is much lower than conventionally adopted in the picosecond regime. The constructed SC light source is cost-effective, since neither femtosecond pulsed laser nor high power picosecond pulsed laser is adopted.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fibers, Fiber Devices, and Amplifiers

History
Original Manuscript: September 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 29, 2012
Published: December 6, 2012

Virtual Issues
European Conference on Optical Communication 2012 (2012) Optics Express

Citation
Meisong Liao, Weiqing Gao, Tonglei Cheng, Zhongchao Duan, Xiaojie Xue, Takenobu Suzuki, and Yasutake Ohishi, "Flat and broadband supercontinuum generation by four-wave mixing in a highly nonlinear tapered microstructured fiber," Opt. Express 20, B574-B580 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-26-B574


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