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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 24218–24225

Mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in tapered chalcogenide fiber for producing octave-spanning frequency comb around 3 μm

Alireza Marandi, Charles W. Rudy, Victor G. Plotnichenko, Evgeny M. Dianov, Konstantin L. Vodopyanov, and Robert L. Byer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 24218-24225 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.024218


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Abstract

We demonstrate mid-infrared (mid-IR) supercontinuum generation (SCG) with instantaneous bandwidth from 2.2 to 5 μm at 40 dB below the peak, covering the wavelength range desirable for molecular spectroscopy and numerous other applications. The SCG occurs in a tapered As2S3 fiber prepared by in-situ tapering and is pumped by femtosecond pulses from the subharmonic of a mode-locked Er-doped fiber laser. Interference with a narrow linewidth c.w. laser verifies that the coherence properties of the near-IR frequency comb have been preserved through these cascaded nonlinear processes. With this approach stable broad mid-IR frequency combs can be derived from commercially available near-IR frequency combs without an extra stabilization mechanism.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2012
Published: October 8, 2012

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November 2, 2012 Spotlight on Optics

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Alireza Marandi, Charles W. Rudy, Victor G. Plotnichenko, Evgeny M. Dianov, Konstantin L. Vodopyanov, and Robert L. Byer, "Mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in tapered chalcogenide fiber for producing octave-spanning frequency comb around 3 μm," Opt. Express 20, 24218-24225 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-22-24218


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