26 September 2013 Spectral flattening of supercontinua with a spatial light modulator
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We demonstrate the generation of broad spectra with a flat intensity distribution from originally highly structured supercontinua, obtained with femtosecond pulses in a photonic crystal fiber. This is accomplished by truncating the spectra at a constant level using a liquid crystal based spatial light modulator. The technique is useful for astronomical spectrograph calibration using frequency combs, where it allows to equalize the optical power of the calibration lines. This enables an improved calibration accuracy by maximizing each line’s signal-to-noise ratio.
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R. A. Probst, T. Steinmetz, T. Wilken, G. K. L. Wong, H. Hundertmark, S. P. Stark, P. St. J. Russell, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, Th. Udem, "Spectral flattening of supercontinua with a spatial light modulator", Proc. SPIE 8864, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VI, 88641Z (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2036601; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2036601
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