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Chin. Phys. B, 2019, Vol. 28(6): 064205    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/28/6/064205

Monolithic all-fiber mid-infrared supercontinuum source based on a step-index two-mode As2S3 fiber

Jinmei Yao(姚金妹)1, Bin Zhang(张斌)1,2,3, Jing Hou(侯静)1,2,3
1 College of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China;
2 State Key Laboratory of Pulsed Power Laser Technology, Changsha 410073, China;
3 Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of High Energy Laser Technology, Changsha 410073, China

We demonstrate efficient supercontinuum generation extending into mid-infrared spectral range by pumping a two-mode As2S3 fiber in the normal dispersion regime. The As2S3 fiber is fusion spliced to the pigtail of a near-infrared supercontinuum pump source with ultra-low splicing loss of 0.125 dB, which enables a monolithic all-fiber mid-infrared supercontinuum source. By two-mode excitation and mixed-mode cascaded stimulated Raman scattering, a supercontinuum spanning from 1.8 μm to 4.2 μm is obtained. Over 70% of the supercontinuum power is converted to wavelengths beyond 2.4 μm. This is the first experimental report with respect to the multimode mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in a step-index two-mode chalcogenide fiber.

Keywords:  supercontinuum generation      infrared lasers      fiber lasers      nonlinear  
Received:  14 December 2018      Revised:  11 February 2019      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  42.55.Wd (Fiber lasers)  
  42.81.-i (Fiber optics)  
  42.65.Ky (Frequency conversion; harmonic generation, including higher-order harmonic generation)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61435009, 61235008, and 61405254).

Corresponding Authors:  Bin Zhang     E-mail:

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Jinmei Yao(姚金妹), Bin Zhang(张斌), Jing Hou(侯静) Monolithic all-fiber mid-infrared supercontinuum source based on a step-index two-mode As2S3 fiber 2019 Chin. Phys. B 28 064205

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