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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2866–2869

Coherent broadband light generation with a double-path configuration

Kai Wang, Miaochan Zhi, Xia Hua, James Strohaber, and Alexei V. Sokolov  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 13, pp. 2866-2869 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.002866


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Abstract

We generate broadband light by focusing two femtosecond pulses into a Raman-active crystal. By reflecting Raman sideband beams together with the two driving beams back to the same crystal (with a slight spatial offset), we generate sidebands covering a broader spectral range, compared to a single pass. In this novel double-path configuration, multiple Raman sideband beams interact with each other since the phase-matching condition is automatically fulfilled. This scheme enables an enhanced cascaded coherent anti-Stokes scattering process and also doubles the interaction length, thus it allows one to use relatively weak energy pump pulses and thereby avoid optical damage.

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OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 28, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 25, 2014
Published: April 25, 2014

Citation
Kai Wang, Miaochan Zhi, Xia Hua, James Strohaber, and Alexei V. Sokolov, "Coherent broadband light generation with a double-path configuration," Appl. Opt. 53, 2866-2869 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-53-13-2866


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