Supercontinuum Generation in Optical Fibers

Authored by: Liang Dong , Bryce Samson

Fiber Lasers

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498725545
eBook ISBN: 9781315370521
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Self-phase modulation (SPM)-induced spectral broadening has been well known since 1968 [1]. Significant spectral broadening from 400 nm to 700 nm in borosilicate glasses was first reported by Alfano and Shapiro in 1970 [2]. It was achieved using picosecond pulses from a frequencydoubled Nd glass laser. The white light continuum was studied in liquids using picosecond and femtosecond pulses from dye lasers in subsequent years [3, 4] and was used in time-resolved spectroscopy. SPM was identified as the key physical mechanism. Gersten from the Alfano group first used Supercontinuum generation to describe the process in 1980 [5].

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