Generation of Second-Harmonics Near Ultraviolet Wavelengths from Femtosecond Pump Pulses

Jinhui Yuan, Xinzhu Sang, Qiang Wu, Guiyao Zhou, Feng Li, Chongxiu Yu, Kuiru Wang, Binbin Yan, Ying Han, Hwa Yaw Tam, Alex Wai

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Second-harmonic generation (SHG) near ultraviolet wavelengths is experimentally demonstrated by coupling femtosecond pump pulses into the normal dispersion region far away from the zero-dispersion wavelength of the fundamental mode in a silica photonic crystal fiber (PCF) fabricated in our laboratory. When the pump pulses with average input power Pav of 500 mW and center wavelength λp of 820 nm are used, the maximum conversion efficiency ηSH of the second harmonics centered at 410 nm can be up to 1.6 × 10-6, corresponding to the output power PSH of 520 nW. By measuring PSH at different PCF lengths and studying the temporal dependence of PSH, it is confirmed that the physical mechanism of SHG is dominated by surface nonlinearity polarization, which is resulted from the local inhomogeneities in the silica core region and at the coreair-silica cladding interface of PCF. Finally, a theoretical model is established to analyze the nonlinear optical process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1719-1722
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number16
Early online date25 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • Photonic crystal fiber (PCF)
  • second-harmonic generation (SHG)
  • surface nonlinearity polarization


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