Abstract

The spectral broadening performance of 1m and 3m long hollow fibers are compared. The 3m capillary clearly outperforms the 1m one in terms of both transmission and achievable spectral broadening. Starting from 1.1mJ 71fs pulses at 780nm, a spectral broadening ratio of 26 was achieved using a single 3m long argon-filled hollow fiber. After compression the measured pulse duration was 4.5fs corresponding to a compression ratio of 16 at an energy of 0.42mJ. Both the pulse duration and the pulse energy were limited by the applied chirped mirrors.

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