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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2012
  • pp: 5217–5219

Fission of solitons in continuous-wave supercontinuum

E. J. R. Kelleher, M. Erkintalo, and J. C. Travers  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 24, pp. 5217-5219 (2012)

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We use numerical simulations to revisit the generation of fiber supercontinua pumped by partially coherent continuous-wave (CW) sources. Specifically, we show that intensity fluctuations characteristic of temporal partial coherence can be described as a stochastic train of high-order solitons, whose individual dynamics drive continuum formation. For sources with sufficiently low coherence, these solitons actually undergo fission rather than modulation instability, changing the nature of the CW supercontinuum evolution.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2012
Published: December 13, 2012

E. J. R. Kelleher, M. Erkintalo, and J. C. Travers, "Fission of solitons in continuous-wave supercontinuum," Opt. Lett. 37, 5217-5219 (2012)

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