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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 4 — Feb. 18, 2008
  • pp: 2670–2675

Visibly “white” light generation in uniform photonic crystal fiber using a microchip laser

J. M. Stone and J. C. Knight  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 2670-2675 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.002670


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Abstract

We report on visibly white supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibers using a sub ns pump source at 1064nm. The spectra extend from below 400nm to 2450nm, some 50nm further into the blue than previously reported spectra. The extra bandwidth which is achieved by a simple modification to the fiber structure gives a higher apparent color temperature and a truly “white” visual appearance. The mechanism for the generation of the deeper blue to ultraviolet frequencies is outlined and our modified fiber is compared with fibers which have been conventionally used for supercontinuum generation.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 10, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 9, 2008
Published: February 12, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
J. M. Stone and J. C. Knight, "Visibly “white” light generation in uniform photonic crystal fiber using a microchip laser," Opt. Express 16, 2670-2675 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-4-2670


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