WIAS Preprint No. 1926, (2014)

Adjustable pulse compression scheme for generation of few-cycle pulses in the mid-infrared


  • Demircan, Ayhan
  • Amiranashvili, Shalva
    ORCID: 0000-0002-8132-882X
  • Brée, Carsten
  • Morgner, Uwe
  • Steinmeyer, Günter

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 42.65.Re 42.65.Ky 42.65.Tg 42.81.Dp


  • Pulse compression, Ultrashort pulses, Optical event horizons, Nonlinear Schrödinger equation




An novel adjustable adiabatic soliton compression scheme is presented, enabling a coherent pulse source with pedestal-free few-cycle pulses in the infrared or mid-infrared regime. This scheme relies on interaction of a dispersive wave and a soliton copropagating at nearly identical group velocities in a fiber with enhanced infrared transmission. The compression is achieved directly in one stage, without necessity of an external compensation scheme. Numerical simulations are employed to demonstrate this scheme for silica and fluoride fibers, indicating ultimate limitations as well as the possibility of compression down to the single-cycle regime. Such output pulses appear ideally suited as seed sources for parametric amplification schemes in the mid-infrared.

Appeared in

  • Opt. Lett., 39 (2014) pp. 2735--2738.

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