Supercontinuum generation from ultraviolet to mid-infrared

Uffe Visbech Møller (Invited author), Simon Toft Sørensen (Invited author), Christian Rosenberg Petersen (Invited author), Irnis Kubat (Invited author), Peter M. Moselund (Invited author), Ole Bang (Invited author)

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    The advent of photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) has paved the road for commercial high-power supercontinuum light sources. The air-hole structuring in the PCF manipulates the properties of light and gives a tremendous degree of design freedom, which has enabled pushing the properties of PCFs to limits that can never be achieved with standard step index fibers. For example, one can move the zero dispersion wavelength (ZDW) into the visible [1] and make them endlessly single moded [2]. For efficient supercontinuum generation it is of great importance that the pump wavelength is close to the ZDW. We demonstrate how the spectral blue-edge can be manipulated by careful fiber design and tapering of the PCF enabling supercontinuum generation spanning all the way from 380 nm to 2.4μm [3]. We discuss the limiting factors of the supercontinuum bandwidth. Furthermore, we discuss how the fiber tapering influences the intensity noise of the supercontinuum source [4].

    Supercontinuum sources based on silica fibers are limited to the material loss edge at 2.4 μm. However, for wavelengths beyond 2.4 μm the attenuation of light in silica fibers is greatly increased making them useless for the mid-infrared region. Instead, other fiber materials such as fluoride-based glasses (ZBLAN) and chalcogenide glasses can be used for mid-infrared supercontinuum generation. We will show supercontinuum generation in ZBLAN fibers covering 1.5-4.5 μm [5] and super-continuum generation in microstructured chalcogenide fibers out to 9 μm. We discuss the prospects for extending the supercontinuum generation beyond 10 μm and highlight useful applications such as cancer detection and food analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication15th Conference on Optical Fibers and Their Applications
    Number of pages1
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event15th Conference on Optical Fibers and Their Applications (OFTA 2014) - Bialystok, Lipowy Most, Poland
    Duration: 29 Jan 20141 Feb 2014


    Conference15th Conference on Optical Fibers and Their Applications (OFTA 2014)
    CityBialystok, Lipowy Most
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