Abstract

A quasi-super-continuum (quasi-SC) source is demonstrated as a new broadband light source for the first time to our knowledge using electronically controlled ultrahigh-speed wavelength tuning of a femtosecond soliton pulse. The scanning speed is as fast as 1MHz. The center wavelength, bandwidth, and spectrum shape can be changed arbitrarily. The generated quasi-SC is evaluated by detecting the interference signal in a Michelson interferometer. It was confirmed that the quasi-SC source worked like the conventional SC source for the incoherent interferometer system.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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Wang, Y.

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J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

T. Hori, N. Nishizawa, H. Nagai, M. Yoshida, and T. Goto, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 13, 13 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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N. Nishizawa and T. Goto, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 7, 518 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. (3)

T. Hori, N. Nishizawa, H. Nagai, M. Yoshida, and T. Goto, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 13, 13 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

N. Nishizawa and T. Goto, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 11, 325 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Science (1)

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of an all-PM-fiber interferometer system, which consists of a quasi-SC light source and a Michelson interferometer. AOM, acousto-optical modulator.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Quasi-SC spectrum observed when the wavelength of the soliton pulses is changed continuously. (b) Nearly Gaussian-shaped quasi-SC spectrum with bandwidth of 78 nm . Inset, calculated temporal waveform of the modulator-input voltage.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Interference signal point-spread function and (b) logarithmically demodulated signal.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Axial resolution in terms of (a) the spectrum bandwidth of a quasi-SC light at the scanning speed of 1 MHz and (b) the AOM driving frequency at the bandwidth of 78 nm .

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Radio-frequency noise spectrum of the output from the mode-locked Er-doped fiber laser and the quasi SC.

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