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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13860–13869

Beam characteristics of fiber-based supercontinuum light sources with mirror- and lens-based beam collimators

Ian J. Arnold, Hans Moosmüller, Noopur Sharma, and Claudio Mazzoleni  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13860-13869 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.013860


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Abstract

Commercially available supercontinuum light sources that cover most of the solar spectrum are well suited for instrumentation, where a well-collimated beam with wide spectral coverage is needed. Typically, the optical power is emitted from a single-mode photonic-crystal fiber and the output can either be collimated using a proprietary, permanently integrated, lens-based collimator or with a customer-provided, off-axis parabolic mirror. Here, we evaluate both approaches and conclude that, superior beam quality and collimation over the whole spectral range can be obtained with an off-axis parabolic mirror, however at the price of a more complex and bulky system requiring additional user alignment.

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OCIS Codes
(120.1680) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Collimation
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 28, 2014
Published: May 30, 2014

Citation
Ian J. Arnold, Hans Moosmüller, Noopur Sharma, and Claudio Mazzoleni, "Beam characteristics of fiber-based supercontinuum light sources with mirror- and lens-based beam collimators," Opt. Express 22, 13860-13869 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-11-13860


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