Abstract

The possibility of soliton self-compression of ultrashort laser pulses down to the few-cycle regime in photonic crystal fibers is numerically investigated. We show that efficient sub-two-cycle temporal compression of nanojoule-level 800nm pulses can be achieved by employing short (typically 5mm long) commercially available photonic crystal fibers and pulse durations of around 100fs, regardless of initial linear chirp, and without the need of additional dispersion compensation techniques. We envision applications in a new generation of compact and efficient sub-two cycle laser pulse sources.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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