Calculation of the expected output spectrum for a mid-infrared supercontinuum source based on As₂S₃ chalcogenide photonic crystal fibers
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Type of Work12 pages
Citation of Original PublicationR. J. Weiblen, A. Docherty, C. R. Menyuk, L. B. Shaw, J. S. Sanghera, and I. D. Aggarwal, "Calculation of the expected output spectrum for a mid-infrared supercontinuum source based on As₂S₃ chalcogenide photonic crystal fibers," Opt. Express 22, 22220-22231 (2014)
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SubjectsFour wave mixing
Photonic crystal fibers
High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF)
We computationally investigate supercontinuum generation in an As₂S₃ solid core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with a hexagonal cladding of air holes. With a goal of obtaining a supercontinuum output spectrum that can predict what might be seen in an experiment, we investigate the spectral and statistical behavior of a mid-infrared supercontinuum source using a large ensemble average of 10⁶ realizations, in which the input pulse duration and energy vary. The output spectrum is sensitive to small changes (0.1%) in these pulse parameters. We show that the spectrum can be divided into three regions with distinct characteristics: a short-wavelength region with high correlation, a middle-wavelength region with minimal correlation, and a long-wavelength region where the behavior is dominated by a few rare large-bandwidth events. We show that statistically significant fluctuations exist in the experimentally expected output spectrum and that we can reproduce an excellent match to that spectrum with a converged shape and bandwidth using 5000 realizations.