Abstract

Commercially available supercontinuum light sources that cover most of the solar spectrum are well suited for instrumentation, where a well-collimated beam with wide spectral coverage is needed. Typically, the optical power is emitted from a single-mode photonic-crystal fiber and the output can either be collimated using a proprietary, permanently integrated, lens-based collimator or with a customer-provided, off-axis parabolic mirror. Here, we evaluate both approaches and conclude that, superior beam quality and collimation over the whole spectral range can be obtained with an off-axis parabolic mirror, however at the price of a more complex and bulky system requiring additional user alignment.

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J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, “Supercontinuum light,” Phys. Today 66(7), 29 (2013).
[CrossRef]

N. Sharma, I. J. Arnold, H. Moosmüller, W. P. Arnott, C. Mazzoleni, “Photoacoustic and nephelometric spectroscopy of aerosol optical properties with a supercontinuum light source,” Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6(12), 3501–3513 (2013).
[CrossRef]

2008 (3)

2006 (1)

Arnold, I. J.

N. Sharma, I. J. Arnold, H. Moosmüller, W. P. Arnott, C. Mazzoleni, “Photoacoustic and nephelometric spectroscopy of aerosol optical properties with a supercontinuum light source,” Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6(12), 3501–3513 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Arnott, W. P.

N. Sharma, I. J. Arnold, H. Moosmüller, W. P. Arnott, C. Mazzoleni, “Photoacoustic and nephelometric spectroscopy of aerosol optical properties with a supercontinuum light source,” Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6(12), 3501–3513 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Carrasco-Sanz, A.

Corredera, P.

Dudley, J. M.

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, “Supercontinuum light,” Phys. Today 66(7), 29 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Genty, G.

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, “Supercontinuum light,” Phys. Today 66(7), 29 (2013).
[CrossRef]

González-Herráez, M.

Hernanz, M. L.

Hult, J.

Johnston, P. S.

Jones, R. L.

Kaminski, C. F.

Langridge, J. M.

Laurila, T.

Lehmann, K. K.

Martín-López, S.

Mazzoleni, C.

N. Sharma, I. J. Arnold, H. Moosmüller, W. P. Arnott, C. Mazzoleni, “Photoacoustic and nephelometric spectroscopy of aerosol optical properties with a supercontinuum light source,” Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6(12), 3501–3513 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Moosmüller, H.

N. Sharma, I. J. Arnold, H. Moosmüller, W. P. Arnott, C. Mazzoleni, “Photoacoustic and nephelometric spectroscopy of aerosol optical properties with a supercontinuum light source,” Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6(12), 3501–3513 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Sharma, N.

N. Sharma, I. J. Arnold, H. Moosmüller, W. P. Arnott, C. Mazzoleni, “Photoacoustic and nephelometric spectroscopy of aerosol optical properties with a supercontinuum light source,” Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6(12), 3501–3513 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Wadsworth, W. J.

Watt, R. S.

Xiong, C.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Atmos. Meas. Tech. (1)

N. Sharma, I. J. Arnold, H. Moosmüller, W. P. Arnott, C. Mazzoleni, “Photoacoustic and nephelometric spectroscopy of aerosol optical properties with a supercontinuum light source,” Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6(12), 3501–3513 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Phys. Today (1)

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, “Supercontinuum light,” Phys. Today 66(7), 29 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

R. R. Alfano, ed., The Supercontinuum Laser Source, 2nd Ed. (Springer-Verlag, 2006).

W. J. Smith, Modern Optical Engineering, 4th Ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

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