Abstract

A novel method for efficient generation of a high-power, equalized continuous-wave supercontinuum source in an all-conventional silica fiber architecture is demonstrated. Highly nonlinear fiber is pumped in its anomalous dispersion region using a novel, high-power, L-band laser. The L-band laser encompasses a sixth-order cascaded Raman amplifier which is pumped with a high-power Ytterbium-doped fiber laser and amplifies a low-power, tunable L-band seed source. The supercontinuum generated 35 W of power with 40% efficiency. The supercontinuum spectrum was measured to have a high degree of flatness of better than 5 dB over 400 nm of bandwidth (1.3–1.7 μm, limited by spectrum analyzer range) and a power spectral density in this region of >50  mW/nm. The extent of the SC spectrum is estimated to be up to 2 μm.

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