Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 1 (2006)

Compact supercontinuum source for the visible using gain-switched Ti:Sapphire laser as pump

E. Räikkönen, M. Kaivola, S. Buchter


We demonstrate the use of a miniature gain-switched Ti:Sapphire laser for efficient generation of visible supercontinuum light in a highly nonlinear microstructured optical fiber. This allows for a compact setup that puts out nanosecond pulses of light that cover the spectral range from 410 to 1300 nm. It offers a low-cost alternative to the mode-locked-laser-pumped systems as a source of visible supercontinuum light.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2006.06012]

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