Abstract

A diode-pumped stretched-pulse additive-pulse mode-locked Er-doped fiber laser is used to seed a KCl:Tl+ color-center amplifier crystal. The initial l-nJ chirped pulses are double passed through the amplifier, which is pumped by a 1-kHz Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The resulting 10-μJ pulses are then chirp compensated to 250-fs duration and are used to generate a spectral continuum. A few high-n2 materials are investigated for continuum generation, and spectral slicing of the continuum is demonstrated.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the amplified fiber laser. λ/2’s, half-wave plates; λ/4, quarter-wave plate; PBS, polarizing beam splitter.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Electro-optically selected signal pulse (a) before and (b) after one pass through the amplifier, showing a single-pass gain of G ~ 1000.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Continuum generated (a) in SF56 glass and (b) in ZnSe. The spectrum is displayed on a log axis normalized to the spectrum maximum and covers a spectral range of 1400–1700 nm.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spectral slicing of the continuum generated from ZnSe; the autocorrelation of a 75-nm slice centered at 1.57 μm is shown.

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