All posts by Yi-Hao Chen

Henry’s fiber Regen

Single-mode regenerative amplification in multimode fiber

Henry Haig, Nicholas Bender, Yishai Eisenberg,  Frank Wise, “Single-mode regenerative amplification in multimode fiber,” Optica 10, 1417-1420 (2023)

The peak power performance of ultrafast fiber lasers scales with fiber mode area, but large fibers host multiple modes that are difficult to control. We demonstrate a technique for single-mode operation of highly multimode fiber based on regenerative amplification. This results in a short-pulse fiber source with, to our knowledge, an unprecedented combination of features: high gain (>55 dB) with negligible amplified spontaneous emission, high pulse energy (>50 µJ), good beam quality (𝑀2≤1.3), and transform-limited (300 fs) pulses from a single amplification stage. We discuss peak intensity scaling to much higher levels and other opportunities for short-pulse generation in regenerative fiber amplifiers.


Spectral speckle customization

Nicholas Bender, Henry Haig, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Frank W. Wise, “Spectral speckle customization,” Optica 10, 1260-1268 (2023)

Speckle patterns are used in a broad range of applications including microscopy, imaging, and light–matter interactions. Tailoring speckles’ statistics can dramatically enhance their performance in applications. We present an experimental technique for customizing the spatio-spectral speckled intensity statistics of optical pulses at the output of a complex medium (a disordered multimode fiber) by controlling the spatial profile of the input light. We demonstrate that it is possible to create ensembles of independent speckle patterns with arbitrary statistics at a single wavelength, simultaneously at multiple decorrelated wavelengths, and even tailored statistics across an entire pulse spectrum.