Over 4000 nm bandwidth of mid-IR supercontinuum generation in sub-centimeter segments of highly nonlinear tellurite PCFs

P Domachuk, N A Wolchover, M Cronin-Golomb, A Wang, Alan K George, C M B Cordeiro, Jonathan C Knight, F G Omenetto

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Abstract

We report broad bandwidth, mid-IR supercontinuum generation using a sub-cm (8 mm) length of highly nonlinear tellurite microstructured photonic crystal fiber (PCF). We pump the fiber at telecommunication wavelengths by using 1550 nm, 100 fs pulses of energy E=1.9 nJ. When coupled in the PCF, these pulses result in a supercontinuum (SC) bandwidth of 4080 nm extending from 789 to 4870 nm measured at 20 dBm below the peak spectral power. This bandwidth is comparable or in excess of previously reported spectra for other nonlinear glass fiber formulations despite the significantly shorter fiber length. In addition, besides offering a convenient pump wavelength, short fiber lengths enable smoother SC spectra, lower dispersion, and reduced material absorption at longer wavelengths making the use of this PCF particularly interesting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7161-7168
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Volume16
Issue number10
Early online date1 May 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2008

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