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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1580–1587

Soliton delivery of mid-IR femtosecond pulses with ZBLAN fiber

Nikolai Tolstik, Evgeni Sorokin, Vladimir Kalashnikov, and Irina T. Sorokina  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 2, Issue 11, pp. 1580-1587 (2012)

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We demonstrate environmentally protected delivery of high-power femtosecond mid-IR pulses in a single-mode ZBLAN fiber by soliton formation. A 70-fs Cr:ZnS laser at 2.4 µm reaches this regime already at ~2 nJ launched pulse energy, while a 110-fs pulse can be transmitted without visible shortening over meters of fiber. We also measured the nonlinear-optical coefficient of ZBLAN as n2 = 2.7 ± 0.2 × 10−16 cm2/W at 2.4 µm wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers

ToC Category:
Materials for Fiber Optics

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2012
Published: October 11, 2012

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Nikolai Tolstik, Evgeni Sorokin, Vladimir Kalashnikov, and Irina T. Sorokina, "Soliton delivery of mid-IR femtosecond pulses with ZBLAN fiber," Opt. Mater. Express 2, 1580-1587 (2012)

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