Abstract

We observe efficient supercontinuum generation that extends into the visible spectral range by pumping a low differential mode group delay graded index multimode fiber in the normal dispersion regime. For a 28.5 m long fiber, the generated spectrum spans more than two octaves, starting from below 450 nm and extending beyond 2400 nm. The main nonlinear mechanisms contributing to the visible spectrum generation are attributed to multipath four-wave mixing processes and periodic spatio-temporal breathing dynamics. Moreover, by exploiting the highly multimodal nature of this system, we demonstrate versatile generation of visible spectral peaks in shorter fiber spans by altering the launching conditions. A nonlinearly induced mode cleanup was also observed at the pump wavelength. Our results could pave the way for high brightness, high power, and compact, multi-octave continuum sources.

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