It is possible to modify pulse propagation and nonlinear interactions in microstructured fibers using phase-tailored ultrashort laser pulses. We experimentally investigate how pre-shaping of the input laser pulse can be used to alter its evolution and subsequent output characteristics. We also demonstrate how adaptive pulse shaping can be used to control the output properties of the pulse spectrum. Numerical simulations based on the nonlinear Schrodinger equation predict the output spectral profiles of the propagated pulse in good agreement with experimental results, and elucidate the relevant processes producing the optimal output.
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