Abstract

We demonstrate supercontinuum generation in a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber with two closely lying zero dispersion wavelengths. The special dispersion of the fiber has a profound influence on the supercontinuum which is generated through self-phase modulation and phasematched four-wave mixing and not soliton fission as in the initial photonic crystal fibers. The supercontinuum has high spectral density and is extremely independent of the input pulse over a wide range of input pulse parameters. Simulations show that the supercontinuum can be compressed to ultrashort pulses.

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Appl. Phys. B (1)

A. V. Husakou and J. Herrmann, �??Supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibers made from highly nonlinear glasses,�?? Appl. Phys. B 77, 227�??234 (2003).
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Appl. Phys. B. (1)

K. L. Corwin and N. R. Newbury and J. M. Dudley and S. Coen and S. A. Diddams and B. R. Washburn and K. Weber and R. S. Windeler, �??Fundamental amplitude noise limitations to supercontinuum spectra generated in a microstructured fiber,�?? Appl. Phys. B. 77, 269�??277 (2003).
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J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (4)

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

J. Herrmann, U. Griebner, N. Zhavoronkov, A. Husakou, D. Nickel, J. C. Knight, W. J. Wadsworth, and P. S. J. Russell, �??Experimental Evidence for Supercontinuum Generation by Fission of Higher-order Solitons in Photonic Fibers,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 173901 (2002).
[CrossRef]

A. V. Husakou and J. Herrmann, �??Supercontinuum Generation of Higher-Order Solitons by Fission in Photonic Crystal Fibers,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 203901 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Mod. Phys. (1)

S. T. Cundiff and J. Ye, �??Femtosecond optical frequency combs,�?? Rev. Mod. Phys. 75, 325�??342 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (2)

V. Nagarajan, E. Johnson, P. Schellenberg, W. Parson, and R. Windeler, �??A compact versatile femtosecond spectrometer,�?? Rev. Sci. Instrum. 73, 4145�??4149 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Squier and M. Müller, �??High resolution nonlinear microscopy: A review of sources and methods for achieving optimal imaging,�?? Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 2855�??2867 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Science (1)

P. S. J. Russell, �??Photonic Crystal Fibers,�?? Science 299, 358�??362 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics, 3rd ed. (Academic Press, 2001).

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