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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25337–25345

Low-noise, high-brightness, tunable source of picosecond pulsed light in the near-infrared and visible

Peter J. Mosley, Samuel A. Bateman, Laure Lavoute, and William J. Wadsworth  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25337-25345 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.025337


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Abstract

We have built a flexible source of picosecond pulsed light in both the near-infrared and visible spectral regions. A photonic crystal fiber (PCF) was pumped with a pulsed 1064 nm fiber laser to generate four-wave mixing (FWM) sidebands at 947 nm and 1213 nm. This process was seeded at the idler wavelength with a tunable diode laser to limit the spectral width of the sidebands to less than 0.5 nm. Subsequently the idler was mixed efficiently with the residual pump in a nonlinear crystal to yield their sum frequency at 567 nm. All three outputs were tunable by adjusting the seed wavelength and all had very low pulse-to-pulse amplitude noise. This technique could be extended to different wavelength ranges by selecting different seed lasers and PCF.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 13, 2011
Published: November 28, 2011

Citation
Peter J. Mosley, Samuel A. Bateman, Laure Lavoute, and William J. Wadsworth, "Low-noise, high-brightness, tunable source of picosecond pulsed light in the near-infrared and visible," Opt. Express 19, 25337-25345 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-25-25337


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