Soliton fission and supercontinuum generation in silicon waveguides.

  title={Soliton fission and supercontinuum generation in silicon waveguides.},
  author={Lianghong Yin and Qiang Lin and Govind P. Agrawal},
  journal={Optics letters},
  volume={32 4},
We show through numerical simulations that silicon waveguides can be used to create a supercontinuum extending over 400 nm by launching femtosecond pulses as higher-order solitons. The physical process behind continuum generation is related to soliton fission, self-phase modulation, and generation of Cherenkov radiation. In contrast with optical fibers, stimulated Raman scattering plays little role. As low-energy (approximately 1 pJ) pulses and short waveguides (<1 cm) are sufficient for… CONTINUE READING
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