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Supercontinuum generation and beatnote detection using ultrafast VECSEL seed oscillators
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Paper Abstract

We present preliminary results showing the potential of VECSEL technology for the generation of high power coherent supercontinuum. Among these results, we demonstrate a stable output power of 16 W with a pulse duration of 71 fs and a repetition rate of 1.7 GHz from a VECSEL oscillator and Ytterbium fiber amplifier. This system was used to generate a coherent supercontinuum averaging 3 W of power using a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber. In addition, we discuss the possible methods for the detection and stabilization of the carrier offset frequency. The beatnote between a VECSEL seeded supercontinuum and an external CW laser reveals a relatively stable signal, well above the detection noise. A discussion about system design considerations for noise reduction and increased offset frequency stability is also included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10515, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) VIII, 105150M (15 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2291079
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Robert Rockmore, CREOL, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Caleb W. Baker, CREOL, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Alexandre Laurain, CREOL, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Tsung-Han Wu, CREOL, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
R. Jason Jones, CREOL, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jerome V. Moloney, CREOL, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10515:
Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) VIII
Juan L. Chilla, Editor(s)

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