Abstract

The onset of supercontinuum generation in a photonic crystal fiber is investigated experimentally and numerically as a function of pump wavelength and intensity with 100-fs pulses. Soliton formation is found to be the determining factor in the initial step. The formation and behavior of a blueshifted, nonsolitonic component, emitted as the soliton evolves towards the stable regime, is investigated and the role of phase matching through higher-order dispersion is highlighted. Good agreement between experiments and simulations is obtained.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

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