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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2011
  • pp: 816–818

Optimum fiber tapers for increasing the power in the blue edge of a supercontinuum—group-acceleration matching

Simon Toft Sørensen, Alex Judge, Carsten L. Thomsen, and Ole Bang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 6, pp. 816-818 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000816


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Abstract

We demonstrate how the gradient of the tapering in a tapered fiber can significantly affect the trapping and blueshift of dispersive waves (DWs) by a soliton. By modeling the propagation of a fundamental 10 fs soliton through tapered fibers with varying gradients, it is shown that the soliton traps and blueshifts an increased fraction of the energy in its DW when the gradient is decreased. This is quantified by the group-acceleration mismatch between the soliton and DW at the entrance of the taper. These findings have direct implications for the achievable power in the blue edge of a supercontinuum generated in a tapered fiber and explain observations of a lack of power in the blue edge.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2011
Published: March 8, 2011

Citation
Simon Toft Sørensen, Alex Judge, Carsten L. Thomsen, and Ole Bang, "Optimum fiber tapers for increasing the power in the blue edge of a supercontinuum—group-acceleration matching," Opt. Lett. 36, 816-818 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-6-816

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