Abstract

Delivery of sub-20-fs pulses through 80cm of a chirped photonic crystal fiber with chirped-mirror precompensation is experimentally demonstrated. The pulses out of the fiber are within 15% of the bandwidth limit and exhibit a pulse energy of 1nJ. Peak powers amount to 50kW directly out of the fiber. Measurements indicate a good pulse contrast with little satellite content. The combination of a specially designed hollow fiber with chirped mirrors sets a new record for the pulse durations directly delivered through a fiber.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup with a set of dispersion- compensating mirrors (DCMs), coupling optics (L1 and L2), beam splitters (BS1 and BS2), two spectrometers (SP1 and SP2), and the CPCF. For the temporal characterization, a commercial interferometric autocorrelator was employed. The inset shows a micrograph of the used CPCF with a core diameter of 13 μm and five cladding layers.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) IAC signal measured after the propagation. (b) Spectrum before (red) and after (black) the CPCF. (c) Intensity autocorrelation signals extracted from the measured signal (blue) and calculated for the reconstructed pulse shape (black dotted). (d) Reconstructed temporal pulse shape (black) and the bandwidth-limited pulse (red) calculated from the spectrum shown as a black curve in (b).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Dispersion of the CPCF: measured (red circles) and calculated (red curve) GVD and the calculated guiding losses (black curve).

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