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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13625–13633

Picosecond supercontinuum light source for stroboscopic white-light interferometry with freely adjustable pulse repetition rate

Steffen Novotny, Vasuki Durairaj, Igor Shavrin, Lauri Lipiäinen, Kimmo Kokkonen, Matti Kaivola, and Hanne Ludvigsen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13625-13633 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.013625


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Abstract

We present a picosecond supercontinuum light source designed for stroboscopic white-light interferometry. This source offers a potential for high-resolution characterization of vibrational fields in electromechanical components with frequencies up to the GHz range. The light source concept combines a gain-switched laser diode, the output of which is amplified in a two-stage fiber amplifier, with supercontinuum generation in a microstructured optical fiber. Implemented in our white-light interferometer setup, optical pulses with optimized spectral properties and below 310 ps duration are used for stroboscopic illumination at freely adjustable repetition rates. The performance of the source is demonstrated by characterizing the surface vibration field of a square-plate silicon MEMS resonator at 3.37 MHz. A minimum detectable vibration amplitude of less than 100 pm is reached.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(110.3175) Imaging systems : Interferometric imaging
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: April 16, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 2014
Published: May 29, 2014

Citation
Steffen Novotny, Vasuki Durairaj, Igor Shavrin, Lauri Lipiäinen, Kimmo Kokkonen, Matti Kaivola, and Hanne Ludvigsen, "Picosecond supercontinuum light source for stroboscopic white-light interferometry with freely adjustable pulse repetition rate," Opt. Express 22, 13625-13633 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-11-13625


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