Abstract

We report the demonstration of a new wavelength-swept source. Utilizing narrowband, widely tunable fiber optical parametric process as the gain and the wavelength selection mechanism in a ring laser topology, simultaneous access to two distinct bands (NIR and SWIR) over 329 nm was achieved. A nonmechanical cavity-tuning mechanism allowed for ultrafast sweep rate, limited primarily by the speed of the tunable pump source confined to a conventional 1550-nm band. With the experimentally verified order-of-magnitude enhancement in sweep range and speed, the source opens a path for spectral scanning at an unprecedented speed and range while relying on existing tuning technologies.

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2010 (1)

J. E. Sharping, C. Pailo, C. Gu, L. Kiani, J. R. Sanborn, "Microstructure fiber optical parametric oscillator with femtoseoutput in the 1200 to 1350 nm wavelength range," Opt. Exp. 18, 3911-3916 (2010).

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J. M. C. Boggio, S. Moro, B. P.-P. Kuo, N. Alic, B. Stossel, S. Radic, "Tunable parametric all-fiber short-wavelength IR transmitter," J. Lightw. Technol. 28, 443-447 (2009).

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2007 (2)

J. M. C. Boggio, H. L. Fragnito, "Simple four-wave-mixing-based method for measuring the ratio between the third- and fourth-order dispersion in optical fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B 24, 2046-2054 (2007).

T. Torounidis, P. A. Andrekson, "Broadband single-pumped fiber-optic parametric amplifiers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 650-652 (2007).

2005 (1)

G. K. L. Wong, A. Y. H. Chen, S. G. Murdoch, R. Leonhardt, J. D. Harvey, N. Y. Joly, J. C. Knight, W. J. Wadsworth, P. St. J. Russell, "Continuous-wave tunable optical parametric generation in a photonic-crystal fiber," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B 22, 2505-2511 (2005).

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M. E. Marhic, K. K.-Y. Wong, L. G. Kazovsky, "Wide-band tuning of the gain spectra of one-pump fiber optical parametric amplifiers," IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 10, 1133-1141 (2004).

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1997 (2)

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M. E. Marhic, Y. Park, F. S. Yang, L. G. Kazovsky, "Broadband fiber-optical parametric amplifiers and wavelength converters with low-ripple Chebyshev gain spectra," Opt. Lett. 21, 1354-1356 (1996).

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M. Yu, C. J. McKinstrie, G. P. Agrawal, "Modulation instabilities in dispersion flattened fibers," Phys. Rev. E 52, 1072-1080 (1995).

1993 (1)

J. A. Izatt, D. Albagli, M. Britton, J. M. Jubas, I. Itzkan, M. S. Feld, "Wavelength dependence of pulsed laser ablation of calcified tissue," Lasers Surg. Med. 11, 238-249 (1993).

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1982 (1)

R. H. Stolen, J. E. Bjorkholm, "Parametric amplification and frequency conversion in optical fibers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 1062-1072 (1982).

Appl. Phys. B (1)

W. C. Eckhoff, R. S. Putnam, S. Wang, R. F. Curl, F. K. Tittel, "A continuously tunable long-wavlength cw IR source for high-resolution spectroscopy and trace-gas detection," Appl. Phys. B 63, 437-441 (1996).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

R. H. Stolen, J. E. Bjorkholm, "Parametric amplification and frequency conversion in optical fibers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 1062-1072 (1982).

IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. (3)

Y. Zhou, B. P. P. Kuo, K. Cheung, S. Yang, P. C. Chui, K. K. Y. Wong, "Wide-band generation of picosecond pulse using fiber optical parametric amplifier and oscillator," IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 45, 1350-1356 (2009).

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IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

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J. Lightw. Technol. (1)

J. M. C. Boggio, S. Moro, B. P.-P. Kuo, N. Alic, B. Stossel, S. Radic, "Tunable parametric all-fiber short-wavelength IR transmitter," J. Lightw. Technol. 28, 443-447 (2009).

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Lasers Surg. Med. (1)

J. A. Izatt, D. Albagli, M. Britton, J. M. Jubas, I. Itzkan, M. S. Feld, "Wavelength dependence of pulsed laser ablation of calcified tissue," Lasers Surg. Med. 11, 238-249 (1993).

Opt. Exp. (1)

J. E. Sharping, C. Pailo, C. Gu, L. Kiani, J. R. Sanborn, "Microstructure fiber optical parametric oscillator with femtoseoutput in the 1200 to 1350 nm wavelength range," Opt. Exp. 18, 3911-3916 (2010).

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Rev. E (1)

M. Yu, C. J. McKinstrie, G. P. Agrawal, "Modulation instabilities in dispersion flattened fibers," Phys. Rev. E 52, 1072-1080 (1995).

Other (3)

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic, 2003).

S. Todor, C. Jirauschek, B. Biedermann, R. Huber, "Spectral width optimization of Fourier domain mode-locked lasers," Proc. CLEO/QELS 2010 (2010).

B. P.-P. Kuo, N. Alic, P. F. Wysocki, S. Radic, "Simultaneous NIR and SWIR wavelength-swept generation over record 329-nm range using swept-pump fiber optical parametric oscillator," Proc. OFC/NFOEC 2010 (2010).

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