Broadband third harmonic generation in tapered silica fibres


Lee, Timothy, Jung, Yongmin, Codemard, Christophe A., Ding, Ming, Broderick, Neil G.R. and Brambilla, Gilberto (2012) Broadband third harmonic generation in tapered silica fibres. Optics Express, 20, (8), 8503-8511. (doi:10.1364/OE.20.008503).

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Optical microfibres have recently attracted much attention for nonlinear applications, due to their tight modal confinement. Here, we report broadband third harmonic generation based on the intermodal phase matching technique in silica microfibres of several centimetres. The third harmonic signal is predominantly generated from the taper transition regions (rather than the waist), wherein the range of diameters permits phase matching over a wide bandwidth. Microfibres up to 4.5 cm long were fabricated with waist diameters below 2.5 μm to allow a λ = 1.55 μm pump to phase match with several higher order third harmonic modes; conversion rates up to 3 x 10-4 were recorded when pumped with 4 ns pulses at a peak power of 1.25 kW. Analysis of the third harmonic frequencies generated from the nonlinearly broadened pump components indicate a 5 dB conversion bandwidth of at least 36 nm, with harmonic power detected over a 150 nm range.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1094-4087 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 337277
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 15:48
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/337277

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