We report the design of a microstructured silica-based fiber for widely tunable soliton self-frequency shift, suitable for pumping with two most common fiber laser wavelengths: 1.04 and 1.55 μm. Depending on the pump source, the output spectrum can be continuously tuned up to 1.67 (pump at 1.04 μm) or 1.95 μm (pump at 1.55 μm) in the same 1.5 m-long fiber sample, with pump-To-soliton conversion efficiency higher than 20%. The fiber is highly birefringent, which results in an excellent polarization extinction ratio of the soliton, reaching 26 dB. The shifted solitons have a high degree of coherence confirmed by pulse-To-pulse interference measurement. The available soliton tuning range covers the wavelengths inaccessible for fiber lasers, e.g., 1.3 μm and 1.7, highly important for multi-photon microscopy and imaging. Our work shows that it is possible to design and fabricate one universal optical fiber that supports soliton shift when pumped at two different wavelengths separated by over 500 nm.
- Fiber nonlinear optics
- optical solitons
- optical wavelength conversion