Supercontinuum Fiber Lasers: Technology & Applications

Speakers: Ross Holder, NKT Photonics
Time: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 1-2pm
Location: 521 Cory Hall

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 the development 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 2000nm 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

Speaker Information
Name: Ross Hodder
Job Function: Supercontinuum Applications Specialist
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Ross 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.

Company Information: NKT Photonics
NKT Photonics is the leading supplier of high performance fiber lasers and photonic crystal fibers. Our main markets are within imaging, the energy sector and material processing. Our products include OCT imaging systems, pulsed lasers, such as supercontinuum sources, ultra-low noise DFB fiber lasers and a wide range of specialty fibers. NKT Photonics has its headquarters in Denmark with sales and service worldwide.