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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2011
  • pp: 160–162

Manipulating supercontinuum generation by minute continuous wave

Kim K. Y. Cheung, Chi Zhang, Yue Zhou, Kenneth K. Y. Wong, and Kevin K. Tsia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 160-162 (2011)

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We report a simple triggering mechanism that greatly enhances and stabilizes supercontinuum generation by using an extremely weak cw light (~200,000 times weaker than the pump light). Such an active manipulation scheme can be enabled by a wide range of input conditions and circumvents complex techniques such as precise time delay tuning and dedicated feedback control. It thus offers a handy and versatile approach to control and optimize supercontinuum generation, expanding its range of applications, including ultrafast all-optical signal processing, spectroscopy, and imaging. The utility of the present technique for improving signal integrity in chirped pump optical parametric amplification is also demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 3, 2010
Published: January 7, 2011

Kim K. Y. Cheung, Chi Zhang, Yue Zhou, Kenneth K. Y. Wong, and Kevin K. Tsia, "Manipulating supercontinuum generation by minute continuous wave," Opt. Lett. 36, 160-162 (2011)

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