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Fiber-based broadband black-light source


Black-Light or Wood's lamp refers to sources that emit long-wavelength ultraviolet radiation (UV-A) from 315 nm and little visible light till 410 nm (blue). In this paper, we present a new fibre-based source of "black light", a source that emits broadband ultraviolet radiation but only small amounts of visible light and no infrared light. We made this source by pumping a specially designed silica photonic crystal fibre (PCF) with 355 nm light pulses from a Q-switched frequency-tripled Nd:YAG laser. Four-wave mixing and cascaded Raman generation combine in the fibre to provide a supercontinuum output that spans from around 350 nm to 390-470 nm, with the exact spectral width dependent on the pump power, as shown in Fig. 1. This broadband black-light source can find potential applications for diagnostic and therapeutic uses in medicine and in dermatology, for the detection of substances tagged with fluorescents and minerals, for counterfeit money, for absorption spectroscopy, and for military applications
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hal-00833003 , version 1 (11-06-2013)


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Thibaut Sylvestre, Min Won Lee, A. R. Ragueh, Birgit Stiller, Gil Fanjoux, et al.. Fiber-based broadband black-light source. The 7th International conference on Photonics and Applications (ICPA-7), Jan 2012, Vietnam. pp.A - 41. ⟨hal-00833003⟩
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