Numerical solver for supercontinuum generation in multimode optical fibers

Roman Khakimov, Igor Shavrin, Steffen Novotny, Matti Kaivola, Hanne Ludvigsen

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We present an approach for numerically solving the multimode generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation (MM-GNLSE). We propose to transform the MM-GNLSE to a system of first-order ordinary differential equations (ODEs) that can then be solved using readily available ODE solvers, thus making modeling of pulse propagation in multimode fibers easier. The solver is verified for the simplest multimode case in which only the two orthogonal polarization states in a non-birefringent microstructured optical fiber are involved. Also, the nonlinear dynamics of the degree and state of spectral polarization are presented for this case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14388-14398
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Microstructured fibers
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Supercontinuum generation


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