Nonlinear spectral shaping and optical rogue events in fiber-based systems

Kamal Hammani, Bertrand Kibler, Julien Fatome, Sonia Boscolo, Goery Genty, John M. Dudley, Guy Millot, Christophe Finot*

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We provide an overview of our recent work on the shaping and stability of optical continua in the long pulse regime. Fibers with normal group-velocity dispersion at all-wavelengths are shown to allow for highly coherent continua that can be nonlinearly shaped using appropriate initial conditions. In contrast, supercontinua generated in the anomalous dispersion regime are shown to exhibit large fluctuations in the temporal and spectral domains that can be controlled using a carefully chosen seed. A particular example of this is the first experimental observation of the Peregrine soliton which constitutes a prototype of optical rogue-waves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-256
Number of pages9
JournalOptical Fiber Technology
Issue number5
Early online date10 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • extreme statistics
  • fiber optics
  • optical solitons
  • pulse shaping
  • supercontinuum


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