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Applied Physics B

, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp 299-305

Supercontinuum generation in a multiple-submicron-core microstructure fiber: toward limiting waveguide enhancement of nonlinear-optical processes

  • D.A. AkimovAffiliated withPhysics Department, International Laser Center, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • , M. SchmittAffiliated withInstitut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Würzburg
  • , R. MaksimenkaAffiliated withInstitut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Würzburg
  • , K.V. Dukel’skiiAffiliated withS.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute
  • , Y.N. Kondrat’evAffiliated withS.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute
  • , A.V. KhokhlovAffiliated withS.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute
  • , V.S. ShevandinAffiliated withS.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute
  • , W. KieferAffiliated withInstitut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Würzburg
  • , A.M. ZheltikovAffiliated withPhysics Department, International Laser Center, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University Email author 

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Abstract

A new design of supercontinuum-generating microstructure fibers is demonstrated, with supercontinuum emission produced in six submicron-diameter cores surrounding a larger central core with a diameter of 2 to 5 μm. Such a multiple-core microstructure-fiber design not only allows the total energy of supercontinuum emission to be increased, but also offers a practical way of fabricating microstructure-integrated bundles of small-core high-index-step fibers with very large lengths. Submicron-core fused-silica microstructure fibers are shown to provide maximum ratios of the fiber-core-confined laser power to the fiber-core diameter, allowing limiting waveguide enhancement factors to be approached for a broad class of nonlinear-optical processes contributing to supercontinuum generation.