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Periodic interactions between solitons and dispersive waves during the generation of noncoherent supercontinuum radiation

Liu C, Rees EJ, Laurila T, Jian S, Kaminski CF, "Periodic interactions between solitons and dispersive waves during the generation of non-coherent supercontinuum radiation", Optics Express, 20 (6), 6316-6324 (2012). | pdf 


Abstract

We present a numerical study of interactions between dispersive waves (DWs) and solitons during supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibers pumped with picosecond laser pulses. We show how the soliton-induced trapping potential evolves along the fiber and affects the dynamics of a DW-soliton pair. Individual frequency components of the DW periodically interact with the soliton resulting in stepwise frequency blue shifts. In contrast, the ensemble blue shifts of all frequency components in the DW appear to be quasi-continuous. The step size of frequency up-conversion and the temporal separation between subsequent soliton-DW interactions are governed by the potential well which confines the soliton-DW pair and which changes in time.