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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3057–3059

Second-order coherence of supercontinuum light

Goëry Genty, Minna Surakka, Jari Turunen, and Ari T. Friberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 18, pp. 3057-3059 (2010)

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We analyze the coherence properties of supercontinuum generated in photonic crystal fibers by applying the second-order coherence theory of nonstationary light. Using an ensemble of simulated realizations, we construct two-frequency cross-spectral density and two-time mutual coherence functions. This allows us to introduce measures of temporal and spectral coherence. We show that, in the long-pulse regime, supercontinuum light can be decomposed into a sum of coherent and quasi-stationary contributions. Our approach and findings are also applicable in the short-pulse regime.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2010
Published: September 7, 2010

Goëry Genty, Minna Surakka, Jari Turunen, and Ari T. Friberg, "Second-order coherence of supercontinuum light," Opt. Lett. 35, 3057-3059 (2010)

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