Irvine, CA (PressExposure) June 13, 2011 -- Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in lasers and photonics solutions that Make, Manage and Measure Light®, has introduced the WEU-02, a wavelength extension unit designed to expand the capability of femtosecond lasers. Through a series of user controls, the WEU-02 can be configured for use in various spectroscopy, imaging, and pump-probe applications. It can also be integrated into two-photon microscope set-ups to add modalities for enhanced imaging capabilities.
The design of the WEU-02 allows the fundamental beam to pass through, preserving the beam path and tuning range of the pump source. A portion of the fundamental can be sent to a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) to be converted to a broadband supercontinuum. This light can then be recombined with the remaining fundamental for use in pump-probe and multimodal spectroscopy and microscopy experiments. This supercontinuum can be used as a Stokes beam to add broadband Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) spectroscopy and microscopy capabilities around 3000 cm-1 in existing setups utilizing two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG).
User controls include a thumbwheel to either maintain the fundamental for two-photon imaging, or selectively split to add pump-probe and multimodal capability. Thumbwheels are also used to independently control the attenuation of the fundamental beam, the input to the PCF, and the output Stokes beams. Two-position slide controls allow the user to narrow the bandwidth to 3 nm around an 800 nm pump, or select whether or not to recombine the pump and Stokes. A micrometer is used to fine-tune the timing of the two beams in order to overlap them temporally.
For additional information, please contact Newport's Technology and Applications Center. http://www.newport.com/TAC