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Supercontinuum Sources for Metrology



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.


laser, radiometry, supercontinuum source


Woodward, J. , Smith, A. , Jenkins, C. , Lin, C. , Brown, S. and Lykke, K. (2009), Supercontinuum Sources for Metrology, Metrologia, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created June 2, 2009, Updated November 10, 2018