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Abo-elenein, Mohamed Hemdan; Hassab Elnaby, Salah Eldeen Ibrahim; Hassan, Amin Fahim; Abd-Rabou, Afaf Mahmoud

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hv photonics Communication Modeling for Generating Femtosecond Pulses in an Er-Doped Fiber Using Externally Controlled Spectral Broadening and Compression Mechanisms 1 , 1 2 Mohamed Hemdan Abo-elenein *, Salah Eldeen Ibrahim Hassab Elnaby , Amin Fahim Hassan and Afaf Mahmoud Abd-Rabou Department of Engineering Applications of Lasers, National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt; selnaby@niles.edu.eg Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Ain Helwan, Cairo 11792, Egypt; aminfahim@science.helwan.edu.eg (A.F.H.); afaf_mahmoud@science.helwan.edu.eg (A.M.A.-R.) * Correspondence: m_aboelenein@yahoo.com Abstract: A model for generating femtosecond laser pulses from a low-power mode-locked laser of moderate temporal half-width was proposed. This was achieved by injecting the pulse into a single-mode inverted-populated Er-doped ﬁber where self-focusing and absorption were avoided. To initiate spectral broadening, the pulse was phase-modulated by subjecting a part of the ﬁber to an electric ﬁeld of suitable intensity and frequency generated into a circular capacitor. To stimulate temporal compression, the phase-modulated pulse was introduced into a combination of two prism sets located symmetrically with respect to the x-axis. After passing the pulse through the ﬁrst prism set, its spectral components were spatially separated in the y-axis. The spectral phases were manipulated by redirecting the spectral components through a slab cross-section that was subjected to a spatially modulated DC electric ﬁeld. After passing the slab, the pulse is directed into the second prism set, where the spectral components were spatially overlapped and propagated outside the Citation: Abo-elenein, M.H.; Hassab compressor with the same slope and dimension as before entering the compressor. Constructive Elnaby, S.E.I.; Hassan, A.F.; super positioning of the phase-manipulated spectral components gave maximum intensity only at a Abd-Rabou, A.M. Modeling for speciﬁed location. Generating Femtosecond Pulses in an Er-Doped Fiber Using Externally Keywords: external phase modulation; femtosecond laser pulse; kerr effect; pulse compression; Controlled Spectral Broadening and spectral phase modulation Compression Mechanisms. Photonics 2022, 9, 205. https://doi.org/ 10.3390/photonics9040205 Received: 18 January 2022 1. Introduction Accepted: 16 March 2022 Since the development of mode-locked lasers, shorter pulse durations have been Published: 22 March 2022 required for many applications in science, medicine, and engineering. Such applications Publisher’s Note: MDPI stays neutral are given in [1–9]. To direct a conventional laser pulse into a femtosecond region, it is with regard to jurisdictional claims in mathematically necessary to broaden its spectral bandwidth. Because this is achievable published maps and institutional afﬁl- by applying nonlinear phenomena to the pulse, different methods for its realization were iations. presented in [10–14]. According to the dispersion relations of the refractive index, the frequency components comprising the spectral bandwidth of the pulse have different velocities. Each frequency will reach an observer at different times, leading either to compressing or expanding the pulse duration. Since most of the materials have a positive- Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. group-delay dispersion (PGDD) that expands the pulse duration, a material of negative- Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. group-delay dispersion (NGDD) is required to reduce its duration. References [15–22] have This article is an open access article illustrated different setups for its practical realization. From the above, it is evident that distributed under the terms and mutual combinations between broadening and compression methods will theoretically conditions of the Creative Commons yield a temporal compressed pulse. So, for instance, the authors in [23] used nonlinear Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// phenomena to increase the spectral range of a 90 fs laser pulse in a ﬁber and compressed creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ the broadened pulse by a grating compressor to 30 fs. A pulse compression ratio of 12 4.0/). Photonics 2022, 9, 205. https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics9040205 https://www.mdpi.com/journal/photonics Photonics 2022, 9, 205 2 of 13 (from 5.4 ps to 450 fs) was reported in [24] by using self-phase modulation in a 30 m optical ﬁber to broaden the spectrum and a grism compressor. The result of a theoretical analysis based on the solution of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation concerning pulse compression ratio and compression pulse quality as a function of ﬁber length and input pulse intensity was given in [25]. The study was carried out on an optical pulse chirped in a single-mode ﬁber by self-phase modulation and compressed with a grating compressor. Self-phase modulation in bulk material for spectral broadening the laser pulse and chirped mirror combined with two prisms for its compression was given in [26]. From the previous cited references, it is evident that most of the researchers used: (1) Powerful laser pulses for internally driving nonlinear phenomena to initiate the spectral broadening of the laser pulse; (2) Compressors with moveable compressor elements for creating compressed pulses at a desired location. Aim of the Work To generate a femtosecond laser pulse from a mode-locked laser pulse of low power and moderate halfwidth, it is necessary to externally stimulate nonlinear phenomena. The present article developed a model for their realization. Section 2.1 is devoted for ﬁnding a mathematical expression for an electric ﬁeld that externally phase-modulates the laser pulse during its propagation in the ﬁber and a setup for its experimental realization. Section 2.2 is devoted to ﬁnding a method for external variation of the spectral optical path lengths. Therefore, the spectral phases are controlled such that the pulse compression occurs at a desired location without movement any of the compressor elements. A suggested setup for the experimental realization is also included. 2. Theory Erbium-doped ﬁbers (EDF) were chosen for generating femtosecond laser pulses for several reasons. They show high gain, polarization-independent ampliﬁcation, low intrinsic optical noise [27], stable long-term performance, and possibility of being unidirectionally and bidirectionally pumped [28]. To avoid absorption and self-focusing of the laser pulse, the selected ﬁber was a single-mode and inverted populated. To achieve the cited goal, the pulses had to be externally spectrally broadened during propagation in the EDF. Two prism sets and a slab (for external manipulation of the spectral phases) were responsible for temporally compressing the spectrally broadened laser pulse. 2.1. Broadening of the Spectral Bandwidth of the Laser Pulse Using an Externally Triggered Phase Modulation A laser pulse can be coherently spectrally broadened when it is subjected to nonlinear effects either internally through self-phase modulation or externally by amplitude, fre- quency, or phase modulation. For a small intensity, where self-phase modulation would be ineffective, external induction of wide-range spectral broadening would be required. This was achieved by an external high-frequency electric ﬁeld that modulated the refractive index of the ﬁber according to the following equation [29]: n W = n W + n E t , (1) ( ) ( ) ( ) 0 2 where W is the angular frequency of the electric ﬁeld of the laser pulse, n W and n are ( ) 0 2 the linear and nonlinear refractive indices of the ﬁber, respectively, and E(t) is the time- dependent external applied electric ﬁeld. To create a femtosecond laser pulse, the induced spectral bandwidth (D), according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, must be in the order of 1/Dt, where Dt is the desired laser-pulse duration. To fulﬁll this criterion, the nonlinear part of Equation (1), n E (t), has to be in the order of the linear part n (W). This 2 0 can be achieved by subjecting the ﬁber to a high frequency and high electric-ﬁeld strength. This electric ﬁeld was created by solving the Maxwell’s equations within a circular-shaped capacitor in which a part of the ﬁber was wrapped. The required value of the electric-ﬁeld Photonics 2022, 9, 205 3 of 13 strength was obtained for certain conditions concerning the radius of the capacitor and the frequency of the generator. Due to the considered symmetry, the Maxwell’s equations have been written in cylindrical coordinates as: (detailed solution see Appendix A) ¶E r, t ¶H r, t ( ) ( ) = , (2) ¶r ¶t ¶H(r, t) 1 ¶E(r, t) + H(r, t) = " . (3) ¶r r ¶t With H(r, t) = Re[H(r) exp(i!t)], (4) E(r, t) = Re[E(r) exp(i!t)], (5) it follows after setting Equations (4) and (5) into Equations (2) and (3) and applying some mathematical manipulations, ¶ H(r) 1 ¶H(r) 1 + H(r) + "! H(r) = 0, (6) 2 2 ¶r r ¶r r 1 ¶ E(r) 1 1 ¶E(r) + "i!E(r) = 0, (7) i! ¶r r i! ¶r where E(r, t) and H(r, t) are the spatial and temporal electric and magnetic ﬁeld strengths, respectively, E(r) and H(r) are the spatial components of the corresponding ﬁelds, respec- tively, and " and are the electric permittivity and magnetic permeability, respectively. With "! = k , the solution of Equations (6) and (7) are given according to [30], by E r = AJ kr + A Y kr , (8) ( ) ( ) ( ) H r = BJ kr + B Y kr , (9) ( ) ( ) ( ) where J and J are the first kind Bessel functions of zero and first order, respectively, Y and Y 0 1 0 1 are the second kind Bessel functions of zero and ﬁrst order, respectively, and A and 0 0 A as well as B, and B are integration constants. 0 0 To avoid the singularity of Y and Y at r = 0, A and B were set as equal to zero. To 0 1 acquire B, Ampere’s law was applied: I Z H(r, t)rd' = Bcos(!t)J (ka)(2a) = E(r, t)(2r)dr = I(t), (10) ¶t where rd' is an element of the circular path along H(r) with radius r, a is the radius of the capacitor, and I(t) is the feeding current of the capacitor with amplitude I . Accordingly, B and H r are determined, respectively, as: ( ) B = I / J ka 2a , (11) [ ( ) ] H r = I / 2a J kr /J ka . (12) ( ) [ ( )][ ( ) ( )] 1 1 From Equation (3) and considering Equation (12), E(r) is calculated as follows: E(r) = I kJ (kr)/[(i!") (2a)J (ka)], (13) 0 1 With A = I k/[(i!")(2a)J (ka)], the relation between A and B is as follows: B = iA "/, (14) and the real parts of E r, t and H r, t can be written, respectively as ( ) ( ) Re[E(r, t)] = Re[AJ (kr) exp(i!t)] = I kJ (kr) sin(!t)/[(!" (2a)J (ka))], (15) 0 0 1 Photonics 2022, 9, 205 4 of 13 p p Re[H(r, t)] = Re[iA "/J (kr) exp(i!t)] = I k "/J (kr) cos!t/[!" (2a)J (ka)]. (16) 1 1 1 From Equations (15) and (16), the time average of the Poynting vector within the capac- itor was equal to zero. This result was in accordance with the assumption of the neglected polarization, absorption losses within the ﬁber, and the radiation into the surrounding. The latter can be achieved by setting the distance between the capacitor plates to be in the order of 1/100 of the wavelength of the modulating electric ﬁeld. From Equation (15), it was evident that the electric ﬁeld could attain large values as J (ka) approached small values. Since this was possible for a discrete inﬁnite number of (ka) values, we had to choose between those provided easily available frequencies and suitable capacitor dimensions. From the obtained results, the electric-ﬁeld strength of the laser pulse was phase-modulated according to the following relation: h i 2i E (z, t) = c exp c ((t t )/Dt ) exp (iW t) exp ( ) n (W)Z + n E (t)Z , (17) s s e laser 1 2 0 0 2 h i where exp c ((t t )/Dt ) is the time-dependent amplitude of the electric-field strength s s of the laser pulse to be phase-modulated; t and Dt are the time of maximum amplitude and s s temporal width of the electric-ﬁeld strength of the laser pulse, respectively, W and are 0 0 the central vacuum angular frequency and the wavelength of the laser pulse, respectively, E (t) is the square of the phase-modulating electric ﬁeld obtained in Equation (15), which is multiplied by n to be in the order of n (W), n and n are the linear and nonlinear 2 0 0 2 refractive indices, respectively, Z is the total length of the ﬁber; and Z is the length of the ﬁber subjected to the alternating electric ﬁeld in the capacitor. To avoid sparking within the capacitor, it had to be placed in a grounded container that had been highly evacuated. This container consists of getter material to adsorb gases that were adsorbed on the surface of the material and might be free during the operation. To maintain a constant ﬁber temperature, the housing has to be subjected to an air-cooled Peltier cooler. 2.1.1. Computations By keeping the denominator of Equation (15) constant, the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm was applied on Equation (17) at Z = 2 m for an ampliﬁed laser pulse 7 7 of a temporal maximum amplitude at 1.8 W, duration Dt = 1 10 s, t = 4 10 s, s s W = 1.2 10 1/s, = 1.531 m, phase-modulated with electric-ﬁeld strength 0 0 7 16 2 6.8 10 V/m, frequencies of 100 MHz, 1.2 GHz, n = 3.2 10 m /V [31], and n () given by Sellmeier ’s equation [32]. h i 2 2 2 2 2 2 n () = 1 + B / C + B / C + B / C with 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 B = 0.6968, B = 0.40817, B = 0.8949, C = 6.853 10 m , C = 0.1161 10 m 1 2 3 1 2 and C = 9.914 m . 2.1.2. Results and Discussion For computing the Fourier spectrum, the limited computer capacity made it impossible to 6 14 15 account for more than 8 10 samples within the frequency range of 7 10 – 1.7 10 1/s for each of the modulating frequencies. Figure 1 illustrates the modulus of the amplitude spectrum of the electric ﬁeld of a laser pulse with a maximum power of 1.8 W, duration of 1 10 s, and subjected along two meters to a modulating frequency of 1.2 GHz. The computation was performed at Z = 2 m using (FFT) algorithm. Figure 2 shows that according to Equation (17), the normalized temporal distribution of the amplitude of the electric ﬁeld of the phase-modulated laser pulse had a maximum power of 1.8 W, a duration of 1 10 s, and a modulating frequency of 1.2 GHz, when computed at Z = 10 m. Photonics 2022, 9, 205 5 of 13 Figure 1. The modulus given in Au of the amplitude spectrum resulting from the (FFT) algorithm computed at Ze = 2 m for the electric-ﬁeld amplitude of a laser pulse of input maximum power 1.8 W, duration of 1 10 s, and a modulating frequency of 1.2 GHz. Figure 2. The normalized amplitude of the phasemodulated laser pulse of maximum power 1.8 W, duration 1 10 s computed at the end of the ﬁber z = 10 m and a modulating frequency 1.2 GHz. 2.2. Pulse Compression To compress the spectral broadened laser pulse, it was directed into a combination 0 0 of four prisms divided into two identical parallel sets (P1-P2 and P1 -P2 ), as shown in Figure 3. The corresponding prisms of the two sets were located at the same x-positions and displaced in the y-axis. The ﬁrst set acted as a Fourier transformer and was responsible for separating the frequency components comprising the pulse into parallel beams located at different y-positions. The second prism set acted as an inverse Fourier transformer and was Photonics 2022, 9, 205 6 of 13 Photonics 2022, 9, x FOR PEER REVIEW 6 of 13 responsible for the spatial overlap of the spectral components throughout the environment outside the compressor. 0 0 Figure 3. Overview of the compressor setup P1, P2, P1 , and P2 are four prisms, L is a pulsed Figure 3. Overview of the compressor setup P1, P2, P1′, and P2′ are four prisms, L is a pulsed laser, laser, P is a pump source, C is a capacitor M1 and M2 are mirrors and S is a slab subjected to a DC P is a pump source, C is a capacitor M1 and M2 are mirrors and S is a slab subjected to a DC electric electric ﬁeld. field. The frequency components comprising the pulse that was emitted from the ﬁrst prism The frequency components comprising the pulse that was emitted from the first set were directed via 45 mirror M1 onto the cross section of a slab. The slab, which had a prism set were directed via 45° mirror M1 onto the cross section of a slab. The slab, low absorption coefﬁcient as well as a well-deﬁned frequency-dependent Kerr coefﬁcient, which had a low absorption coefficient as well as a well-defined frequency-dependent was sandwiched between two electrodes. To change the spectral optical paths, each location Kerr coefficient, was sandwiched between two electrodes. To change the spectral optical across the width of the slab was subjected to a DC electric ﬁeld with a constant value and paths, each location across the width of the slab was subjected to a DC electric field with a variable length in y-axis. This was realized, as shown in Figure 4, by connecting one of a constant value and a variable length in y-axis. This was realized, as shown in Figure 4, the two electrodes to the ground and the other to a DC electric source. The latter electrode by connecting one of the two electrodes to the ground and the other to a DC electric was made from a photo-conducting material and was homogeneously illuminated with an source. The latter electrode was made from a photo-conducting material and was ho- array of LEDs. To change the phases of the spectral components, a stretchable computer- mogeneously illuminated with an array of LEDs. To change the phases of the spectral controlled opaque screen was used to control the illuminated area across the width of components, a stretchable computer-controlled opaque screen was used to control the the slab. The emitted radiation from the slab was redirected by the mirror M2 into the illuminated area across the width of the slab. The emitted radiation from the slab was lower set of prisms. The location of M2 was arranged such that the spectral components redirected by the mirror M2 into the 0 lower set of prisms. The location of M2 was ar- intersected the third prism P2 at the same locations with respect to the base from which ranged such that the spectral components intersected the third prism P2′ at the same lo- they were emitted from the second prism P2 of the upper set. Due to the symmetry of the cations with respect to the base from which they were emitted from the second prism P2 conﬁguration, the spectral components were overlapped at the output edge of the fourth of the upper set. Due to the symmetry of the configuration, the spectral components prism and had the same slope. The slab’s length was chosen so that the compressor would were overlapped at the output edge of the fourth prism and had the same slope. The be approximately quadratic-shaped and the electric ﬁeld across its thickness would have a slab’s length was chosen so that the compressor would be approximately quadrat- moderate value. For all spectral components to be constructively superimposed at a desired ic-shaped and the electric field across its thickness would have a moderate value. For all location, the spectral phases had to be equal or shifted by multiple of 2 at that location. spectral components to be constructively superimposed at a desired location, the spec- As shown in Figure 3, to fulﬁll this condition, the spectral optical path lengths across tral phases had to be equal or shifted by multiple of 2π at that location. As shown in the setup and outside it had to be determined without subjecting the slab to an electric Figure 3, to fulfill this condition, the spectral optical path lengths across the setup and ﬁeld. By dividing each of the obtained spectral optical path lengths by its corresponding vacuum outside it h wavelength ad to be d( e) ter and mined w ignoring ithout subject the integering numbe the slab to r, a dimensionless an electric fie fraction ld. By of divid- the ing each of the obtained spectral optical path lengths by its corresponding vacuum spectral wavelength was obtained. The corresponding phase of this fraction was obtained as wavelen follows: gth (λ) and ignoring the integer number, a dimensionless fraction of the spec- tral wavelength was obtained. The correspondi '(W) = 2 Fraction ng ph(ase of this fraction was obt ), ained (18) as follows: and the spectral angle D'(W) for completing '(W) to 2 was: ( ) ( ) (18) φ Ω = 2π × Fraction λ , D'(W) = 2 '(W). (19) and the spectral angle ∆φ(Ω) for completing φ(Ω) to 2π was: ∆φ(Ω) = 2π − φ(Ω). (19) ( ) To account for ∆φ Ω , as found in Equation (19), the nonlinear part of the refractive index of the slab’s material, given in Equation (1), was activated. This was realized by subjecting a particular length l(Ω) along the slab at the location corresponding to the frequency across the slab’s width to a DC electric field, according to: Photonics 2022, 9, x FOR PEER REVIEW 7 of 13 2π ( ) ( ) (20) ∆φ Ω = n E l Ω ( ) Solving Equation (20) for l Ω , one obtains ∆ ( ) ∆ ( ) l(Ω) = = , (21) where n is the nonlinear Kerr coefficient of the slab’s material that was chosen to be the same as that of the fiber’s material, l(Ω) is the length along the slab corresponding to the frequency Ω that was subjected to the DC electric field, and c is the vacuum velocity Photonics 2022, 9, 205 7 of 13 of light. Figure 4. Overview of cross-sections in the slab responsible for stimulating the spectral phases to be Figure 4. Overview of cross-sections in the slab responsible for stimulating the spectral phases to be in in phase at phase at any desired loca any desired location. tion. To account for D'(W), as found in Equation (19), the nonlinear part of the refractive To simulate the temporal distribution resulting from the compressor at a desired index of the slab’s material, given in Equation (1), was activated. This was realized by location, an inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) algorithm was applied on the manipu- subjecting a particular length l(W) along the slab at the location corresponding to the lated spectral phases. frequency across the slab’s width to a DC electric ﬁeld, according to: 2.2.1. Computations D'(W) = n E l(W) (20) ( ) The computation for determining l Ω given in (21) was performed for equilateral prisms of side length l = 0.22 m, height as h = 0.19 m, length between the end of the Solving Equation (20) for l(W), one obtains base of the first prism and the apex of the second one as l = 0.05 m, slab length as 0.2 m, slab thickness as 0.003 m, and electric field influencing the slab as 100 V/mm. D'(W) D'(W) c l(W) = = , (21) 2 2 2 n E Wn E 2 2 2.2.2. Results and Discussion ( ) Figure 5 shows the fitted curve of the spectral length l Ω subjected to the DC elec- where n is the nonlinear Kerr coefﬁcient of the slab’s material that was chosen to be the same tric fiel asd tha thatt i ofnfthe luenced the sl ﬁber ’s material, ab to stimul l W is ate the the length frequen along cy com thep slab onents to be corresponding in-phase to ( ) at the desired location. The computation was carried out for a bandwidth of 10 1/s the frequency W that was subjected to the DC electric ﬁeld, and c is the vacuum velocity induced by modulating the pulsed laser phase by a frequency 1.2 GHz. of light. To simulate the temporal distribution resulting from the compressor at a desired location, an inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) algorithm was applied on the manipulated spectral phases. 2.2.1. Computations The computation for determining l(W) given in (21) was performed for equilateral prisms of side length l = 0.22 m, height as h = 0.19 m, length between the end of the base of the ﬁrst prism and the apex of the second one as l = 0.05 m, slab length as 0.2 m, slab thickness as 0.003 m, and electric ﬁeld inﬂuencing the slab as 100 V/mm. 2.2.2. Results and Discussion Figure 5 shows the ﬁtted curve of the spectral length l(W) subjected to the DC electric ﬁeld that inﬂuenced the slab to stimulate the frequency components to be in-phase at the desired location. The computation was carried out for a bandwidth of 10 1/s induced by modulating the pulsed laser phase by a frequency 1.2 GHz. Figure 6 represents the compressed laser pulses computed for the modulating frequen- cies of 100 MHz and 1.2 GHz. For each of the modulating frequencies, the computation was performed for a ﬁxed number of frequency samples 8 10 . The results showed that the compression for the modulation frequency at 100 MHz was better than that found at 1.2 GHz. This behavior was due to the larger ratio of the selected frequencies relative to the actual frequencies at 100 MHz compared to that at 1.2 GHz. This may be attributed to the Photonics 2022, 9, x FOR PEER REVIEW 8 of 13 0.18 0.16 Photonics 2022, 9, 205 8 of 13 0.14 0.12 fact that 1.2 GHz were more under-sampled or strongly aliased. In practical application, all frequencies would be in-phase if the slab is subjected to the desired distribution of Photonics 2022, 9, x FOR PEER0.1 REVIEW 8 of 13 the electric ﬁeld given by l(W). Therefore, in this case, it was suggested that much better 0.08 compression would be achieved. 0.06 0.18 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 x 10 Ω (1/s) 0.16 Figure 5. The fitted curve of the slab’s length l(Ω) subjected to a DC electric-field distribution across 0.14 the slab’s width to equalize the phases of the spectral components of the broadened laser pulse at any desired location considering a laser with a pulse duration of 10 s, maximum power of 1.8 W, 0.12 and phase modulated with a frequency of 1.2 GHz. 0.1 Figure 6 represents the compressed laser pulses computed for the modulating fre- quencies of 100 MHz and 1.2 GHz. For each of the modulating frequencies, the compu- 0.08 tation was performed for a fixed number of frequency samples 8×10 . The results 0.06 showed that the compression for the modulation frequency at 100 MHz was better than 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 that found at 1.2 GHz. This behavior was due to the larger ratio of the selected frequen- x 10 Ω (1/s) cies relative to the actual frequencies at 100 MHz compared to that at 1.2 GHz. This may Figure 5. The fitted curve of the slab’s length l(Ω) subjected to a DC electric-field distribution across Figure 5. The ﬁtted curve of the slab’s length l(W) subjected to a DC electric-ﬁeld distribution across be attributed to the fact that 1.2 GHz were more under-sampled or strongly aliased. In the slab’s width to equalize the phases of the spectral components of the broadened laser pulse at the slab’s width to equalize the phases of the spectral components of the broadened laser pulse at any practical application, all frequencies would be in-phase if the slab is subjected to the de- any desired location considering a laser with a pulse duration of 10 s, maximum power of 1.8 W, desired location considering a laser with a pulse duration of 10 s, maximum power of 1.8 W, and ( ) sired distribution of the electric field given by l Ω . Therefore, in this case, it was sug- and phase modulated with a frequency of 1.2 GHz. phase modulated with a frequency of 1.2 GHz. gested that much better compression would be achieved. Figure 6 represents the compressed laser pulses computed for the modulating fre- quenc 1000 ies of 100 MHz and 1.2 GHz. For each of the modulating frequencies, the compu- tation was performed for a fixed number of frequency samples 8×10 . The results showed that the compression for the modulation frequency at 100 MHz was better than that found at 1.2 GHz. This behavior was due to the larger ratio of the selected frequen- cies r 60 e0 lative to the actual frequencies at 100 MHz compared to that at 1.2 GHz. This may be attributed to the fact that 1.2 GHz were more under-sampled or strongly aliased. In pract 40 ic 0al application, all frequencies would be in-phase if the slab is subjected to the de- ( ) sired distribution of the electric field given by l Ω . Therefore, in this case, it was sug- gested tha 200 t much better compression would be achieved. Photonics 2022, 9, x FOR PEER REVIEW 9 of 13 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 -9 t(s) x 10 (a) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 -9 t(s) x 10 (a) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 -9 t(s) x 10 (b) Figure 6. The compressed laser pulses for modulating frequencies (a) 100 MHz and (b) 1.2 GHz. Figure 6. The compressed laser pulses for modulating frequencies (a) 100 MHz and (b) 1.2 GHz. 3. Conclusions Although this proposal allowed an ordinary femtosecond laser to be generated, it differed from previous studies in the following respects. The pulses to be compressed were obtained from a mode-locked laser of moderate halfwidth and low power, such that self-phase-modulation could not be initiated. The compression was achieved using a one-stage compressor. The compressed pulses were generated at any desired location without the movement of the compressor elements. Moreover, from the above, it is evi- dent that the spectral broadening of the laser pulse as well as the spectral phase manip- ulation depend only on n E that must be in the order of n . This condition can be easily achieved by the external variation of the electric field. Consequently, this model can be used for any frequency that is not markedly attenuated during propagation in the proposed setup. Author Contributions: Conceptualization, M.H.A.-e., S.E.I.H.E. and A.M.A.-R.; methodology, M.H.A.-e. and S.E.I.H.E.; software, M.H.A.-e. and A.M.A.-R.; validation, M.H.A.-e., S.E.I.H.E., A.F.H. and A.M.A.-R.; writing—original draft preparation, M.H.A.-e. and A.M.A.-R.; writ- ing—review and editing, M.H.A.-e. and A.F.H.; visualization, supervision, S.E.I.H.E. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript. Funding: This research received no external funding. Informed Consent Statement: Not applicable. Data Availability Statement: Not applicable. Acknowledgments: We would like to thank Jala El-Azab, head of the Department of Engineering Applications of Lasers at the National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Cairo University, for her fruitful discussion. Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest. Appendix A To uncover the desired electric-field strength distribution necessary for spectral broadening the laser pulse, Maxwell’s equations were solved: ∇×H = +J, (A1) Since the field is in the insulator, J will be set equal to zero to get with D = Εe ∂D ∂E (A2) ∇×H = = ε ∂t ∂t l(Ω ) Com p ressed Sig n al C om pre ssed S ign al l(Ω ) Com p ressed Sig n al Photonics 2022, 9, 205 9 of 13 3. Conclusions Although this proposal allowed an ordinary femtosecond laser to be generated, it differed from previous studies in the following respects. The pulses to be compressed were obtained from a mode-locked laser of moderate halfwidth and low power, such that self-phase-modulation could not be initiated. The compression was achieved using a one-stage compressor. The compressed pulses were generated at any desired location without the movement of the compressor elements. Moreover, from the above, it is evident that the spectral broadening of the laser pulse as well as the spectral phase manipulation depend only on n E that must be in the order of n . This condition can be easily achieved 2 0 by the external variation of the electric ﬁeld. Consequently, this model can be used for any frequency that is not markedly attenuated during propagation in the proposed setup. Author Contributions: Conceptualization, M.H.A.-e., S.E.I.H.E. and A.M.A.-R.; methodology, M.H.A.-e. and S.E.I.H.E.; software, M.H.A.-e. and A.M.A.-R.; validation, M.H.A.-e., S.E.I.H.E., A.F.H. and A.M.A.-R.; writing—original draft preparation, M.H.A.-e. and A.M.A.-R.; writing—review and editing, M.H.A.-e. and A.F.H.; visualization, supervision, S.E.I.H.E. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript. Funding: This research received no external funding. Informed Consent Statement: Not applicable. Data Availability Statement: Not applicable. Acknowledgments: We would like to thank Jala El-Azab, head of the Department of Engineering Applications of Lasers at the National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Cairo University, for her fruitful discussion. Conﬂicts of Interest: The authors declare no conﬂict of interest. Appendix A To uncover the desired electric-ﬁeld strength distribution necessary for spectral broad- ening the laser pulse, Maxwell’s equations were solved: ¶D r H = + J, (A1) ¶t Since the ﬁeld is in the insulator, J will be set equal to zero to get with D = Ee ¶D ¶E r H = = " (A2) ¶t ¶t ¶B r E = ¶t with B = H ¶B r E = (A3) ¶t where H = magnetic ﬁeld strength Considering E to be parallel to the normal of the area of the capacitor plates, and its radial component to be omitted, H will build concentric circles about the center of the capacitor. Due to the considered geometry, the Maxwell equations have to be rewritten in cylindrical coordinates as: ¶E(r, t) ¶H(r, t) = (A4) ¶r ¶t ¶H(r, t) 1 ¶E(r, t) + H(r, tr, t) = " (A5) ¶r r ¶t i!t considering the ﬁelds to be sinusoidal in time such that H(r, t) = Re[H(r)e ], E(r, t) = i!t Re[E(r)e ]. Photonics 2022, 9, 205 10 of 13 The time derivative of the ﬁelds gives ¶H(r, t) i!t = i!H(r)e (A6) ¶t ¶E(r, t) i!t = i!E(r)e (A7) ¶t Substituting the obtained expression in Equations (A6) and (A7) in Equations (A4) and (A5), one obtains ¶E(r) = i!H r (A8) ( ) ¶r ¶H(r) 1 + H(r) = i"!E(r) (A9) ¶r r Since the above equations are coupled, to decouple them one has to differentiate Equation (A9) w.r.t. (r), to obtain ¶ H(r) 1 ¶H(r) 1 ¶E(r) + H(r) = i"! (A10) 2 2 ¶r r ¶r r ¶r ¶E(r) substituting for in Equation(A10) from Equation (A8) one obtains, ¶r ¶ H(r) 1 ¶H(r) 1 + H(r) + "! H(r) = 0 (A11) 2 2 ¶r r ¶r r Differentiating Equation (A8) w.r.t. (r) one obtains ¶ E(r) ¶H(r) = i! (A12) ¶r ¶r ¶H(r) Substituting for and H(r) in Equation (A9) from Equations (A12) and (A8), ¶r respectively, gives, 1 ¶ E(r) 1 1 ¶E(r) + i"!E(r) = 0 (A13) i! ¶r r i! ¶r with k = ! ", Equations (A11) and (A13) after normalization can be, respectively, written as ¶ H(r) 1 ¶H(r) 1 + + k H(r) = 0 (A14) 2 2 r ¶r ¶r r ¶ E(r) 1 ¶E(r) + + k E(r) = 0 (A15) ¶r r ¶r ¶x With kr = x, k¶r = ¶x, so k = and Equations (A14) and (A15) can be written as: ¶r ¶ E(r) 1 ¶E(r) + + E(r) = 0 (A16) ¶x x ¶x ¶ H(r) 1 ¶H(r) 1 + + 1 H(r) = 0 (A17) 2 2 ¶x x ¶x x The solution of Equations (A16) and (A17) are according to [30] given by: E(r) = AJ (kr) + A Y (kr) (A18) H(r) = BJ (kr) + B Y (kr) (A19) 1 Photonics 2022, 9, 205 11 of 13 Since Y , Y are second-kind Bessel functions of zero and ﬁrst order, respectively, and 0 1 0 0 have singularity at kr = 0, thus A and B must vanish, giving: E(r) = AJ (kr) H(r) = BJ (kr) since J 0 = 0, then H 0 = 0. ( ) ( ) To determine B, the Ampere’s law has to be applied on the magnetic ﬁeld distribu- tion H(r). From the relation ¶D H(r = a).2a = dS = I with D = " " .E ¶t where I is complex amplitude of the current through the wire feeding the capacitor. Setting r = a in the right-hand side of Equation (A19) one obtains, after substituting in the left-hand side for H(r = a) from the above relation I 1 B = , (A20) 2a J (ka) and thus H(r) can be written as I J kr ( ) H(r) = (A21) 2a J (ka) To determine E(r), the obtained equation of H(r) and its derivative w.r.t (r) have to be substituted into Equation (A9). This gives: 1 I 1 k 1 I J (kr) E(r) = J (kr) + kJ (kr) + 1 0 i!" 2a J (ka) kr r 2a J (ka) 1 1 I k E(r) = J (kr) (A22) i!"(2a)J (ka) I k With, A = (A23) i!"(2a)J (ka) The following relation is found B i!" A k Substituting for k from the relation k = ! 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**Published: ** Mar 22, 2022

**Keywords: **external phase modulation; femtosecond laser pulse; kerr effect; pulse compression; spectral phase modulation

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