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Fundamental Noise Limitations to Supercontinuum Generation in Microstructure Fiber

Published

Author(s)

Kristan L. Corwin, Nathan R. Newbury, J M. Dudley, S. Coen, Scott Diddams, K Weber, R Windeler

Abstract

Broadband noise on supercontinuum spectra generated in microstructure fiber is shown to lead to amplitude fluctuations as large as 50% for certain input laser pulse parameters. We study this noise using both experimental measurements and numerical simulations with a generalized stochastic nonlinear Schrodinger equation, finding good quantitative agreement over a range of input pulse energies and chirp values. This noise is shown to arise from nonlinear amplification of two quantum noise inputs: the input pulse shot noise and the spontaneous Raman scattering down the fiber.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
90
Issue
11

Keywords

fiber optics, nonlinear optics, quantum noise, supercontinuum generation

Citation

Corwin, K. , Newbury, N. , Dudley, J. , Coen, S. , Diddams, S. , Weber, K. and Windeler, R. (2003), Fundamental Noise Limitations to Supercontinuum Generation in Microstructure Fiber, Physical Review Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=30871 (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created March 20, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021