Abstract

We demonstrate an all-fiber picosecond soliton laser with dispersion management performed by a chirped Bragg grating that generates ~1.6 ps pulses representing the shortest pulsewidth reported to date using this technology. The large anomalous dispersion provided by the grating allows building of a long-length cavity laser with an extremely low fundamental repetition rate of 2.6 MHz. This source allows us to use an original approach for producing energetic pulses that after boosting in a medium power core-pumped amplifier produce an octave-spanning supercontinuum radiation in a nonlinear photonic crystal fiber.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Opt. Lett.

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

All-fiber supercontinuum source setup. CFBG: Chirped fiber Bragg grating, PCF: Photonic crystal fiber, SAM: Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Reflectivity of the chirped fiber Bragg grating.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a). Autocorrelation and (b) spectrum of the pulses with a repetition rate of 47 MHz generated by the fiber oscillator with a chirped fiber Bragg grating as a dispersion compensator. Mode-locking is initiated by the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Measured pulse width and time-bandwidth product for different cavity lengths/cavity anomalous dispersion of the laser.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

(a).Simulated pulse width and (b) time-bandwidth product for different fiber lengths and locations in the laser cavity

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

(a). Spectrum and (b) autocorrelation of the 2.6 MHz repetition rate pulses from the fiber laser (black lines) and at the output of the power amplifier (red lines).

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Supercontinuum spectra for single, 2, 4 and 8 pulses circulating in the master laser cavity. Pulse energy ranges from 5 to 30 nJ, as indicated in the figure.

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