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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2014
  • pp: 910–913

High-power supercontinuum generation in a ZBLAN fiber with very efficient power distribution toward the mid-infrared

Jacek Swiderski and Maria Michalska  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 4, pp. 910-913 (2014)

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We report high-power supercontinuum (SC) generation in a step-index fluorozirconate (ZBLAN) fiber with a zero-dispersion wavelength shifted to 1.9μm. Pumping the fluoride fiber with 2.75 W of power provided by a thulium-doped fiber amplifier, a continuous spectrum extending from 0.85 to 4.2 μm with 2.24 W of average output power was achieved. Over 61% (1.37 W) of the total output power corresponds to wavelengths longer than 3 μm, which shows, to the best of our knowledge, the highest power conversion efficiency toward the mid-IR spectral band in relation to the output spectrum width. A linear SC power scalability up to 5.24 W, with a spectral band of 0.94μm, with repetition rate and pump power provided by a 1.55 μm fiber master-oscillator power amplifier system, is also demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: November 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2014
Published: February 10, 2014

Jacek Swiderski and Maria Michalska, "High-power supercontinuum generation in a ZBLAN fiber with very efficient power distribution toward the mid-infrared," Opt. Lett. 39, 910-913 (2014)

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