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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 24 — Dec. 2, 2013
  • pp: 29488–29504

Numerical investigation on high power mid-infrared supercontinuum fiber lasers pumped at 3 µm

Chen Wei, Xiushan Zhu, Robert A. Norwood, Feng Song, and N. Peyghambarian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 24, pp. 29488-29504 (2013)

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High power mid-infrared (mid-IR) supercontinuum (SC) laser sources in the 3-12 µm region are of great interest for a variety of applications in many fields. Although various mid-IR SC laser sources have been proposed and investigated experimentally and theoretically in the past several years, power scaling of mid-IR SC lasers beyond 3 μm with infrared edges extending beyond 7 μm are still challenges because the wavelengths of most previously used pump sources are below 2 μm. These problems can be solved with the recent development of mode-locked fiber lasers at 3 μm. In this paper, high power mid-IR SC laser sources based on dispersion engineered tellurite and chalcogenide fibers and pumped by ultrafast lasers at 3 µm are proposed and investigated. Our simulation results show that, when a W-type tellurite fiber with a zero dispersion wavelength (ZDW) of 2.7 µm is pumped at 2.78 μm, the power proportion of the SC laser beyond 3 µm can exceed 40% and the attainable SC output power of the proposed solid-cladding tellurite fiber is one order of magnitude higher than that of existing microstructured tellurite fibers. Our calculation also predicts that a very promising super-broadband mid-IR SC fiber laser source covering two atmospheric windows and molecules’ “fingerprint” region can be obtained with a microstructured As2Se3 chalcogenide fiber pumped at 2.78 μm.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2013
Published: November 21, 2013

Chen Wei, Xiushan Zhu, Robert A. Norwood, Feng Song, and N. Peyghambarian, "Numerical investigation on high power mid-infrared supercontinuum fiber lasers pumped at 3 µm," Opt. Express 21, 29488-29504 (2013)

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