Mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in the fingerprint region

Uffe Visbech Møller, Christian Rosenberg Petersen, Irnis Kubat, Ole Bang

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The mid-infrared spectral region is of great technical and scientific interest because most molecules display fundamental vibrational absorptions in this region, leaving distinctive spectral fingerprints. Here, we demonstrate experimentally that launching intense ultra-short pulses with a central wavelength of either 4.5 µm or 6.3 µm into short pieces of ultra-high numerical-aperture step-index chalcogenide glass optical fibre generates a mid-infrared supercontinuum spanning 1.5 µm to 11.7 µm and 1.4 µm to 13.3 µm, respectively [1]. This is the first experimental demonstration to truly reveal the potential of fibres to emit across the mid-infrared molecular fingerprint region, which is of key importance for applications such as early cancer diagnostics, gas sensing and food quality control.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventDanish Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light - Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 22 Jan 201523 Jan 2015


ConferenceDanish Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light
LocationTechnical University of Denmark


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