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Supercontinuum Fiber lasers: Technology and Applications

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Supercontinuum Fiber lasers: Technology and Applications

 Ross Hodder

NKT Photonics

Monday, May 22th, 2017

11 am-12 pm, Spilker 232

 Refreshments will be served


Abstract: In the 1970s, wide spectral broadening of intense laser light in a non-linear material, or supercontinuum generation, was first demonstrated in the laboratory.  With thedevelopment of recent fiber and fiber laser technology, namely compact high power picosecond lasers and micro-structured Photonic Crystal Fiber (PCF) commercial supercontinuum lasers have become a reality.  With a typical spectral bandwidth covering over 2000 nm and output powers exceeding 20W, these sources have proved an invaluable tool. In this talk, we will cover:

• Fundamentals of how supercontinuum lasers work and the importance on the PCF design in tailoring the spectrum.

•  The properties of supercontinuum laser light and what make them unique sources.

• The main applications today for supercontinuum laser in imaging, spectroscopy, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and illumination.

•  Supercontinuum technology roadmap and future applications

Biography: Ross Hodder is a Supercontinuum Applications Specialist. He has worked for NKT Photonics for over 8 years helping develop the market for ultrafast fiber lasers including supercontinuum “white light” lasers.  He holds a degree in Physics with Lasers from the University of Southampton, UK, and previously worked at the Optoelectronics Research Centre in Southampton.

Spilker 232
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:00 to 12:00