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Solving the Puzzle of Fiber Supercontinuum and Gravity-Like Effects on Light

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  • UserDr Dimitry Skryabin, U of Bath
  • ClockThursday 29 October 2009, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseTheory Library.

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Femtosecond pulses of light propagating along photonic-crystal fibres can generate a broad optical supercontinuum. This striking discovery has applications ranging from spectroscopy and metrology to telecommunication and medicine. Among the physical principles underlying supercontinuum generation are soliton emission, a variety of four-wave mixing processes, Raman-induced soliton self-frequency shift, and dispersive wave generation mediated by solitons. Although all of the above effects contribute to supercontinuum generation, none of them can explain the generation of blue and violet light from infrared femtosecond pump pulses. Our work has demonstrated that the most profound role in the shaping of the short-wavelength edge of the continuum is played by the effect of radiation trapping in a gravity-like potential created by accelerating solitons. The underlying physics of this effect has a straightforward analogy with the inertial forces acting on an observer moving with a constant acceleration. Trapping effect modifies the well known text book expression for the soliton self-frequency shift. The phenomenon also has interesting analogies with physics of cold atoms.

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