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Ultraflat-top midinfrared coherent broadband supercontinuum using all normal As2S5-borosilicate hybrid photonic crystal fiber
Author(s): Amine Ben Salem; Mbaye Diouf; Rim Cherif; Ahmadou Wague; Mourad Zghal
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Paper Abstract

We report more than two octave spanning mid-IR flat-top supercontinuum (SC) generation using all normal As2S5-borosilicate hybrid photonic crystal fiber. Our design is based on a chalcogenide As2S5 photonic crystal fiber (PCF), where the first ring composed of six air holes is made by borosilicate glass. By injecting 50-fs pulses with 1.6 nJ energy at 2.5  μm in the all normal dispersion (ANDi) regime, a flat-top broadband SC extending from 1 to 5  μm with high-spectral flatness of 8 dB is obtained in only 4-mm fiber length. To the best of our knowledge, we present the broadest flat mid-IR spectrum generated in the ANDi regime of an optical fiber. The self-phase modulation and the optical wave breaking are identified as the main broadening mechanisms. The obtained broadband light source can be potentially used in the field of spectroscopy and in high-resolution optical coherent tomography owing to the high-spectral SC flatness generated by our designed fiber.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 55(6) 066109 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.55.6.066109
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 55, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Amine Ben Salem, SUP'COM (Tunisia)
Mbaye Diouf, SUP'COM (Tunisia)
Univ. of Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal)
Rim Cherif, SUP'COM (Tunisia)
Ahmadou Wague, Univ. Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal)
Mourad Zghal, SUP'COM (Tunisia)
Institut Mines-Télécom/Télécom SudParis (France)

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