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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