Numerical simulations are used to investigate soliton compression in silicon core optical fibers at 2.3 μm in the mid-infrared waveguide regime. Compression in both standard silicon fibers and fiber tapers is compared to establish the relative compression ratios for a range of input pulse conditions. The results show that tapered fibers can be used to obtain higher levels of compression for moderate soliton orders and thus lower input powers.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 13, 2012
Published: February 21, 2012
Anna C. Peacock, "Mid-IR soliton compression in silicon optical fibers and fiber tapers," Opt. Lett. 37, 818-820 (2012)