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Mid-infrared Raman Soliton Generation in Chalcogenide Microwire
  • Imtiaz Alamgir
Imtiaz Alamgir
McGill University

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Abstract

Emerging applications in the mid-infrared (MIR) stimulate the growth and development of novel optical light sources. Soliton self-frequency shift (SSFS) in soft glass fiber currently show great potential as an efficient approach towards the generation of broadly tunable femtosecond pulses in the MIR. In this work, we demonstrate highly efficient tunable soliton source based on SSFS in chalcogenide glass. We show a simple and fully fiberized system to generate these continuously tunable Raman solitons over a broad spectral range of 2.047-2.667 μm, which consumes no more than 87 pJ per pulse. The spectral measurements suggest that the generated pulses are as short as 62 fs with a maximum power conversion efficiency of 43%. This result is realized thanks to an 8 cm long As2S3 microstructure optical fiber tapered into a microwire. Thanks to their broad transparency, their high nonlinearity and their adjustable chromatic dispersion, chalcogenide microwires are promising components for the development of compact, low power consumption and highly efficient MIR optical sources.