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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 24 — Dec. 1, 2003
  • pp: 3196–3201

Supercontinuum generation with 200 pJ laser pulses in an extruded SF6 fiber at 1560 nm

Holger Hundertmark, Dietmar Kracht, Dieter Wandt, Carsten Fallnich, V.V. Ravi Kanth Kumar, A.K. George, J.C. Knight, and P. St. J. Russell  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 24, pp. 3196-3201 (2003)

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We report an all-fiber diode-pumped Erbium-fiber oscillator-amplifier system as a source for supercontinuum generation in a photonic crystal fiber at 1560 nm. The passively mode-locked oscillator-amplifier system provides linearly polarized output pulses of 60 fs and an average output power of 59 mW at a repetition rate of 59.1 MHz. The laser pulses were launched into an extruded SF6-fiber for generation of an ultrabroadband supercontinuum. The evolution of the supercontinuum as a function of launched pulse energy was investigated. With pulse energies of about 200 pJ we observed a more than octave-spanning supercontinuum from 400 nm to beyond 1750 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: October 16, 2003
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2003
Published: December 1, 2003

Holger Hundertmark, Dietmar Kracht, Dieter Wandt, Carsten Fallnich, V. V. Ravi Kanth Kumar, A. George, J. Knight, and P. Russell, "Supercontinuum generation with 200 pJ laser pulses in an extruded SF6 fiber at 1560 nm," Opt. Express 11, 3196-3201 (2003)

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