Applied Physics B

, Volume 79, Issue 5, pp 591–596 | Cite as

Low-threshold supercontinuum generation from an extruded SF6 PCF using a compact Cr4+:YAG laser

  • V.L. Kalashnikov
  • E. Sorokin
  • S. Naumov
  • I.T. Sorokina
  • V.V. Ravi Kanth Kumar
  • A.K. George
Article

Abstract

The modal properties of an extruded SF6 photonic crystal fiber (PCF) have been analyzed on the basis of a full-vector model. The favorable dispersion properties (the zero-dispersion wavelength for a PCF with 4.5-μm core size lies at approximately 1.5 μm) and the large nonlinearity figure of up to 280 W-1 km-1 may provide more than an octave of spectral broadening with launched pulse energies below 200 pJ. In agreement with simulations, experiments have demonstrated the low-energy spectral broadening under excitation by -–60 70fs pulses from a compact mode-locked Cr4+:YAG laser operating at a 100-MHz repetition rate. Besides the spectral broadening due to the soliton-fission mechanism, the rich mode structure of the fiber allows third-order harmonic generation and four-wave mixing, which extend the supercontinuum spectrum down to the visible-wavelength range.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V.L. Kalashnikov
    • 1
  • E. Sorokin
    • 1
  • S. Naumov
    • 2
  • I.T. Sorokina
    • 1
  • V.V. Ravi Kanth Kumar
    • 2
  • A.K. George
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für PhotonikTU WienViennaAustria
  2. 2.Optoelectronics Group, Department of PhysicsUniversity of BathBathUK

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