Ultra-flat supercontinuum from 1.95 to 2.65 µm in a nanosecond pulsed Thulium-doped fiber laser
We report on mid-IR supercontinuum generation in an all-silica nanosecond pulsed fiber laser. The laser topology is a master oscillator power amplifier which consists of a two stage Thulium-doped fiber amplifier seeded with a directly modulated semiconductor laser at 1952 nm. The supercontinuum performance is investigated for repetition rate frequencies between 35 kHz and 100 kHz and pulse widths between 6 ns and 21 ns. Supercontinuum average output powers greater than 1.5 W and spectra ranging from 1.95 µm to 2.65 µm are demonstrated.