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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 4 — Feb. 18, 2008
  • pp: 2381–2386

High power tunable femtosecond soliton source using hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber, and its use for frequency doubling

F. Gérôme, P. Dupriez, J. Clowes, J. C. Knight, and W. J. Wadsworth  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 2381-2386 (2008)

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We report a high power tunable femtosecond soliton-based source using a simple combination of fiber-amplified pulses at 1064nm and hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber. Compression of 5.5ps input pulses, strongly chirped by self phase modulation in the amplifier, results in stable 520fs-soliton formation with 77% conversion efficiency after only 8m propagation in the hollow-core fiber. The Raman self-frequency shift of the solitons was used to provide 33nm wavelength tuneability. The transform-limited output pulses were frequency doubled using a nonlinear crystal with high conversion efficiency of 60% to demonstrate a femtosecond green laser tunable from 534nm to 548nm with 180nJ pulse energy.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(140.3515) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, frequency doubled

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 14, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 24, 2008
Published: February 5, 2008

F. Gèrôme, P. Dupriez, J. Clowes, J. C. Knight, and W. J. Wadsworth, "High power tunable femtosecond soliton source using hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber, and its use for frequency doubling," Opt. Express 16, 2381-2386 (2008)

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