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High-power single-mode all-fiber femtosecond laser system and its use in continuum generation
Author(s): Jeffrey W. Nicholson; Man F. Yan; Andrew D. Yablon; Paul S. Westbrook; Ken S. Feder
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Paper Abstract

We present a source of high power femtosecond pulses at 1550 nm generating compressed pulses at the end of a single mode fiber pigtail. The system generates sub 35 femtosecond pulses at a repetition rate of 50 MHz, with average powers greater than 400 mW. The pulses are generated in a passively modelocked, erbium doped fiber laser, and amplified in a short, erbium doped amplifier. The output of the fiber amplifier consists of highly chirped picosecond pulses. These picosecond pulses are then compressed in standard single mode fiber. While the compressed pulses in the SMF pigtail do show a low pedestal that could be avoided with the use of bulk-optic compression the desire to compress the pulses in SMF is motivated by the ability to splice the single mode fiber to a nonlinear fiber, for continuum generation applications. We demonstrate that with highly nonlinear dispersion shifted fiber (HNLF) fusion spliced directly to the amplifier output, we generate a supercontinuum spectrum that spans more than an octave, with an average power 350 mW. Such a high power, all-fiber supercontinuum source has many important applications including frequency metrology and biomedical imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5662, Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.596358
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey W. Nicholson, OFS Labs. (United States)
Man F. Yan, OFS Labs. (United States)
Andrew D. Yablon, OFS Labs. (United States)
Paul S. Westbrook, OFS Labs. (United States)
Ken S. Feder, OFS Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5662:
Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication
Isamu Miyamoto; Henry Helvajian; Kazuyoshi Itoh; Kojiro F. Kobayashi; Andreas Ostendorf; Koji Sugioka, Editor(s)

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