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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 3 — Feb. 5, 2007
  • pp: 865–871

Power scalable mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in ZBLAN fluoride fibers with up to 1.3 watts time-averaged power

Chenan Xia, Malay Kumar, Ming-Yuan Cheng, Ravi S. Hegde, Mohammed N. Islam, Almantas Galvanauskas, Herbert G. Winful, Fred L. Terry, Jr., Mike J. Freeman, Marcel Poulain, and Gwenael Mazé  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 865-871 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.000865


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Abstract

Mid-infrared supercontinuum (SC) extending to ≃4.0 μm is generated with 1.3 W time-averaged power, the highest power to our knowledge, in ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF…) fluoride fiber by using cladding-pumped fiber amplifiers and modulated laser diode pulses. We demonstrate the scalability of the SC average power by varying the pump pulse repetition rate while maintaining the similar peak power. Simulation results obtained by solving the generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation show that the long wavelength edge of the SC is primarily determined by the peak pump power in the ZBLAN fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: December 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2007
Published: February 5, 2007

Citation
Chenan Xia, Malay Kumar, Ming-Yuan Cheng, Ravi S. Hegde, Mohammed N. Islam, Almantas Galvanauskas, Herbert G. Winful, Fred L. Terry, Jr., Mike J. Freeman, Marcel Poulain, and Gwenael Mazé, "Power scalable mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in ZBLAN fluoride fibers with up to 1.3 watts time-averaged power," Opt. Express 15, 865-871 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-3-865


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