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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2010
  • pp: 6645–6650

Generation and optical parametric amplification of picosecond supercontinuum

Jing Zhang, Qiu-lin Zhang, Dong-xiang Zhang, Bao-hua Feng, and Jing-yuan Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 34, pp. 6645-6650 (2010)

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We have demonstrated the output characteristics of optical parametric amplification (OPA) seeded by a supercontinuum (SC) generated in deionized water excited by 1064 nm . The SC spectrum (from 426 to 943 nm ) overlaps well with the tuning range of a 355 nm pumped OPA for both the signal and idler. The tunable range covers from 430 to 2035 nm , with a maximum overall energy conversion efficiency of 32% in the OPA stage. A FWHM bandwidth of 54 nm near the degeneracy point from 658 to 760 nm can be generated by using a collinear OPA. Chirping of the SC pulses is also investigated with the OPA technique. The time delay between the 430 nm component and the 567 nm component of the generated SC due to chirp is measured to be 10.72 ps , increasing almost linearly with the wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 20, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2010
Published: November 30, 2010

Jing Zhang, Qiu-lin Zhang, Dong-xiang Zhang, Bao-hua Feng, and Jing-yuan Zhang, "Generation and optical parametric amplification of picosecond supercontinuum," Appl. Opt. 49, 6645-6650 (2010)

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