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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2012
  • pp: 1778–1780

Octave-spanning super-continuum from a silica photonic crystal fiber pumped by a 386 MHz Yb:fiber laser

C. Farrell, K. A. Serrels, T. R. Lundquist, P. Vedagarbha, and D. T. Reid  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 10, pp. 1778-1780 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.001778


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Abstract

We report octave-spanning super-continuum generation in a silica photonic crystal fiber (PCF) pumped by a compact, efficient, mode-locked all-normal dispersion Yb:fiber laser. The laser achieved 45% optical-to-optical efficiency by using an optimized resonator design, producing chirped 750 fs pulses with a repetition rate of 386 MHz and an average power of 605 mW. The chirped pulses were compressed to 110 fs with a loss of only 4% by using multiple reflections on a pair of Gires–Tournois interferometer mirrors, yielding an average power of up to 580 mW. The corresponding peak power was 13.7 kW and produced a super-continuum spectrum spanning from 696–1392 nm.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2012
Published: May 15, 2012

Citation
C. Farrell, K. A. Serrels, T. R. Lundquist, P. Vedagarbha, and D. T. Reid, "Octave-spanning super-continuum from a silica photonic crystal fiber pumped by a 386 MHz Yb:fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 37, 1778-1780 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-10-1778

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