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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2013
  • pp: 24281–24287

Mid-infrared ZBLAN fiber supercontinuum source using picosecond diode-pumping at 2 µm

A. M. Heidt, J. H. V. Price, C. Baskiotis, J. S. Feehan, Z. Li, S. U. Alam, and D. J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 20, pp. 24281-24287 (2013)

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We present the first demonstration of mid-IR supercontinuum generation directly pumped with picosecond pulses from a Thulium fiber-amplified gain-switched laser diode at 2 µm. We achieve more than two octaves of bandwidth from 750 – 4000 nm in step-index ZBLAN fiber with Watt-level average power and spectral flatness of less than 1.5 dB over a 1300 nm range in the mid-IR from 2450 - 3750 nm. The system offers high stability, power-scaling capability to the 10 W regime, and demonstrates an attractive route towards relatively inexpensive, versatile and practical sources of high power broadband mid-IR radiation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2013
Published: October 3, 2013

A. M. Heidt, J. H. V. Price, C. Baskiotis, J. S. Feehan, Z. Li, S. U. Alam, and D. J. Richardson, "Mid-infrared ZBLAN fiber supercontinuum source using picosecond diode-pumping at 2 µm," Opt. Express 21, 24281-24287 (2013)

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