Abstract

An efficient and simple approach for converting pulsed near-IR laser radiation into visible and mid-IR light by exploiting degenerate four-wave-mixing in an endlessly single-mode, large-mode-area photonic-crystal fiber is presented. Coupling a 1MHz, 200ps, 8W average power pulsed source emitting at 1064nm into this fiber results in average powers of 3W at 673nm signal wavelength and of 450mW at 2539nm idler wavelength, respectively. The excellent pulse energy conversion efficiencies of 35% for the signal and 6% for the idler wavelength are due to the unique combination of characteristics of this type of fiber.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Nonlinear phase-matching diagram of the used PCF. Inset, calculated dispersion data.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental setup with a fiber-amplified microchip laser as pump source. The inset shows the cross section of the used LMA PCF.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Average power of signal (dotted line) and MIR idler (solid line) versus total output power. Inset, output spectrum with different pump peak powers.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Simulation of pulse shapes of pump, signal, and idler after conversion in the PCF.

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