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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 9547–9555

An efficient broad-band mid-wave IR fiber optic light source: design and performance simulation

A. Barh, S. Ghosh, R. K. Varshney, and B. P. Pal  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 9547-9555 (2013)

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Design of a mid-wave IR (MWIR) broad-band fiber-based light source exploiting degenerate four-wave mixing (D-FWM) in a meter long suitably designed highly nonlinear (NL) chalcogenide microstructured optical fiber (MOF) is reported. This superior FWM bandwidth (BW) was obtained through precise tailoring of the fiber’s dispersion profile so as to realize positive quartic dispersion at the pump wavelength. We consider an Erbium (Er3+) - doped continuous wave (CW) ZBLAN fiber laser emitting at 2.8 μm as the pump source with an average power of 5 W. Amplification factor as high as 25 dB is achievable in the 3 – 3.9 μm spectral range with average power conversion efficiency > 32%.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2013
Published: April 10, 2013

A. Barh, S. Ghosh, R. K. Varshney, and B. P. Pal, "An efficient broad-band mid-wave IR fiber optic light source: design and performance simulation," Opt. Express 21, 9547-9555 (2013)

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