Modal four-wave mixing supported generation of supercontinuum light from the infrared to the visible region in a birefringent multi-core microstructured optical fiber

Gabriele Manili*, Daniele Modotto, Umberto Minoni, Stefan Wabnitz, Costantino De Angelis, Graham Town, Alessandro Tonello, Vincent Couderc

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We experimentally studied the process of supercontinuum generation in a birefringent multi-core microstructured optical fiber. By selecting the excitation of the fundamental mode, or by combining the first and the second order modes of a particular core, it was possible to emphasize the role of four-wave mixing on the transfer of power from the infrared to the visible region of the spectrum. We carried out an in-depth analysis of the effects of input light polarization on the generated supercontinuum spectral features. The measured polarization properties of the output Stokes and anti-Stokes bands confirmed the strong vector nature of the four-wave mixing processes. The experimental spectra exhibit excellent agreement with numerical simulations of the nonlinear mode interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-167
Number of pages8
JournalOptical Fiber Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


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