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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 770–772

Extreme supercontinuum generation to the deep UV

S. P. Stark, J. C. Travers, and P. St. J. Russell  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 770-772 (2012)

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We report the formation of an ultrabroad supercontinuum down to 280 nm in the deep UV by pumping sharply tapered (5–30 mm taper lengths) solid-core photonic crystal fibers with 130 fs, 2 nJ pulses at 800 nm. The taper moves the point of soliton fission to a position where the core is narrower, a process that requires normal dispersion at the input face of the fiber. We find that the generation of deep-UV radiation is limited by strong two-photon absorption in the silica.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 15, 2012
Published: February 17, 2012

S. P. Stark, J. C. Travers, and P. St. J. Russell, "Extreme supercontinuum generation to the deep UV," Opt. Lett. 37, 770-772 (2012)

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