John T. Woodward IV, Allan W. Smith, Colleen A. Jenkins, Chungsan Lin, Steven W. Brown, Keith R. Lykke
Supercontinuum (SC) sources are novel laser-based sources that generate a broad, white-light continuum in single mode photonic crystal fibers. Currently, up to 6 W of optical power is available, spanning the spectral range from 460 nm to 2500 nm. Advances in these sources promise polarized radiant flux with expanded spectral coverage down to 380 nm. We evaluate the use of supercontinuum sources for fundamental optical metrological applications.