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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 4 — May. 22, 2013

Adaptive broadband continuum source at 1200–1400 nm based on an all-fiber dual-wavelength master-oscillator power amplifier and a high-birefringence fiber

L. A. Vazquez-Zuniga, Hong Sig Kim, Youngchul Kwon, and Yoonchan Jeong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 7712-7725 (2013)

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We experimentally analyze the stimulated Raman scattering characteristics of a high-birefringence fiber (HBF), which presents an extraordinary level of spectral broadening incurred by the strong nonlinear interaction between the pump and Stokes pulses via the polarization-mode dispersion and group-velocity dispersion of the fiber. We also investigate the impact of the inter-pulse time-delay on the additional spectra broadening when dual-wavelength pump pulses are used. Exploiting these unique SRS properties of the HBF, we develop a novel Raman continuum source based on an all-fiber dual-wavelength master-oscillator power amplifier that can generate a dip-free spectrum in the 1200−1400-nm spectral range. We finally obtain a broadband continuum having an average power of ~840 mW and a 3-dB bandwidth of ~240 nm centered at 1200−1400 nm, which also represents a good spectral flatness and conversion efficiency. This type of source is very useful and important for optical coherence tomography applications, for example.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(290.5910) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Raman
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 13, 2013
Published: March 21, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

L. A. Vazquez-Zuniga, Hong Sig Kim, Youngchul Kwon, and Yoonchan Jeong, "Adaptive broadband continuum source at 1200–1400 nm based on an all-fiber dual-wavelength master-oscillator power amplifier and a high-birefringence fiber," Opt. Express 21, 7712-7725 (2013)

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