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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 8 — Aug. 2, 2012

High stability soliton frequency-shifting mechanisms for laser synchronization applications

Jan Rothhardt, Alexander M. Heidt, Steffen Hädrich, Stefan Demmler, Jens Limpert, and Andreas Tünnermann  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 1257-1262 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.29.001257


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Abstract

We analyze frequency-shifting mechanisms in photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). In contrast to the generally used approach of launching pulses in the negative group velocity dispersion (GVD) region of PCFs, we suggest employing a fiber with a higher zero dispersion wavelength that is pumped in the positive GVD region. Results of a numerical optimization reveal that the amplitude stability of the frequency-shifted pulses can be improved by more than 1 order of magnitude and the timing jitter arising from input fluctuations by 2 orders of magnitude by a proper choice of the fiber dispersion. The presented approach and optimization will improve the performance of timing- and amplitude-sensitive applications, such as nonlinear microscopy and spectroscopy or optical synchronization for optical parametric chirped pulse amplification significantly.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: December 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2012
Published: May 11, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Jan Rothhardt, Alexander M. Heidt, Steffen Hädrich, Stefan Demmler, Jens Limpert, and Andreas Tünnermann, "High stability soliton frequency-shifting mechanisms for laser synchronization applications," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 1257-1262 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-29-6-1257


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