Applied Physics B

, Volume 75, Issue 6–7, pp 799–802

Wavelength-agile fiber laser using group-velocity dispersion of pulsed super-continua and application to broadband absorption spectroscopy

  • S.T. Sanders
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A swept-wavelength source is created by connecting four elements in series: a femtosecond fiber laser at 1.56 μm, a non-linear fiber, a dispersive fiber and a tunable spectral bandpass filter. The 1.56-μm pulses are converted to super-continuum (1.1–2.2 μm) pulses by the non-linear fiber, and these broadband pulses are stretched and arranged into wavelength scans by the dispersive fiber. The tunable bandpass filter is used to select a portion of the super-continuum as a scan-wavelength output. A variety of scan characteristics are possible using this approach. As an example, an output with an effective linewidth of approximately 1 cm-1 is scanned from 1350–1550 nm every 20 ns. Compared to previous scanning benchmarks of approximately 1 nm/μs, such broad, rapid scans offer new capabilities: a gas sensing application is demonstrated by monitoring absorption bands of H2O, CO2, C2H2 and C2H6O at a pressure of 10 bar.

PACS: 42.55.Wd; 07.57.Ty; 07.07.Df 


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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • S.T. Sanders
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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1500 Engineering Dr., Madison, WI 53706, USAUS

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