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Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Dec 5;101(23):233902. Epub 2008 Dec 5.

Active control of rogue waves for stimulated supercontinuum generation.

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  • 1Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA.


We demonstrate that rogue waves provide a powerful tool to actively control a nonlinear system with minimal effort. Specifically, optical rogue waves--rare, bright flashes of broadband light arising in subthreshold supercontinuum generation--are initiated by an exceedingly weak stimulus. Using this effect, we produce an optically switchable, ultrastable, and bright supercontinuum with greatly enhanced coherence.

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