Abstract

Temporal coherence properties of supercontinuum pulse trains generated in nonlinear fibers are analyzed within the framework of the second-order coherence theory of nonstationary light. Time-resolved Michelson’s interference patterns are simulated, from which the full two-time mutual coherence function can (at least in principle) be determined experimentally. Standard time-integrated Michelson’s interferograms are also simulated and shown to provide a rough estimate for the coherence time of the quasi-stationary contribution. A simple but illustrative analytical model representing supercontinuum pulse trains is presented, and numerically simulated realizations of such pulse trains are considered.

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