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White light lasers

Rose, CS, McDonald, GS and Christian, JM 2010, White light lasers , in: SEE Celebration of Research, 30th June 2011, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK.

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    Broadband multiline frequency combs present a wealth of applications, ranging from meteorology, sensing and measurements to those potentially in the domain of attosecond science. We report here on detailed investigations of a novel process that is accompanied by extreme enhancement of the bandwidth of the generated frequencies – resulting in a novel white light laser source. Cavity contexts where efficient broadband multiline generation have been reported include spherical micro-cavities [1], monolithic micro-resonators [2] and so-called ‘bottle micro-resonators’ [3], in which the cavity quality to mode volume ratio ( Q / V ) plays a dominant role in the characteristics of the device and its constituent whispering gallery modes. Typically, maximum quality and low volume lead to the optimal condition of high Q / V. To illustrate distinctiveness from these well-known contexts, we stress that the effects we report can be optimal in either low-Q resonators (with very moderate reflectivities) or larger volume cavities (e.g. with longer cavity lengths).

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
    Themes: Energy
    Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: JM Christian
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 16:06
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:14
    References: [1] Spillane S M, Kippenberg T J and Vahala K J, Nature 415, 621 (2002). [2] Del’Haye P et al, Nature 450, 1214 (2007). [3] Pollinger M et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 053901 (2009).

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