Abstract

We show, for the first time to our knowledge, all-fiber chirped pulse amplification using an air-core photonic bandgap fiber. Pulses from a wavelength- and duration-tunable femtosecond/picosecond source at 10 GHz were dispersed in 100 m of dispersion compensating fiber before being amplified in an erbium-doped fiber amplifier and subsequently recompressed in 10 m of the anomalously dispersive photonic bandgap fiber. Pulses as short as 1.1 ps were obtained. As air-core fibers present negligible nonlinearity, the presented configuration can potentially be used to obtain ultra-high pulse peak powers. A study of the air-core fiber dispersion and dispersion slope is also presented.

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Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

A. Galvanauskas, M. E. Fermann, and D. Harter, �??All-fiber femtosecond pulse amplification circuit using chirped Bragg gratings,�?? Appl. Phys. Lett. 66, 1053-1055 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (2)

A. Boskovic, M. J. Guy, S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, and R. Kashyap, �??All-fibre diode pumped, femtosecond chirped pulse amplification system,�?? Electron. Lett. 31, 877-878 (1995).
[CrossRef]

P. C. Reeves-Hall and J. R. Taylor, �??Wavelength and duration tunable sub-picosecond source using adiabatic Raman compression,�?? Electron. Lett. 37, 417-418 (2001).
[CrossRef]

OFC 2003 (1)

T. P. Hansen, J. Broeng, C. Jakobsen, G. Vienne, H. R. Simonsen, M. D. Nielsen, P. M. W. Skovgaard, J. R. Folkenberg, and A. Bjarklev, �??Air guidance over 345m large-core photonic bandgap fiber,�?? Postdeadline paper PD4-1, OFC 2003, Atlanta (2003).

Opt. Commun. (1)

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[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Science (1)

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