Multiphoton excitation through optical fibers is limited by pulse broadening caused by self-phase modulation. We show that for short fiber lengths (approximately 2m) two-photon excitation efficiency at the fiber output can be substantially improved by single-mode propagation in a large-area multimode fiber (10-μm) core diameter) instead of a standard 5.5–μm core fiber. Measurements and numerical simulations of postfiber spectra and pulse widths demonstrate that the increase in efficiency is due to a reduction of nonlinear pulse broadening. Single-mode propagation in a large-core fiber is thus suitable for multiphoton applications for which pulse recompression is not possible at the fiber end.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering