Patent Number: 7,821,704

Title: Compact, tunable, efficient IR laser and IR guiding silica fibers

Abstract: An IR laser source providing light in the IR spectrum, the laser source comprising a pump laser operating at a frequency equivalent to wavelength shorter than 2 .mu.m and at a predetermined power, and an optic fiber coupled to the pump laser. The optic fiber has at least a section of a hollow core photonic crystal fiber, the at least a section of hollow core photonic crystal fiber being designed to have at least a passband in the IR spectrum and being filled with a molecular gas for triggering at least one Stoke's shift in the light entering the at least a section of hollow core photonic crystal fiber for the particular power of the pump laser, the at least one Stoke's shift be selected to cause the light entering the at least a section of hollow core photonic crystal fiber to shift in frequency into the passband in the IR spectrum of the hollow core photonic crystal fiber.

Inventors: Pepper; David M. (Malibu, CA), Bruesselbach; Hans (Monte Nido, CA), Fong; Bryan (Los Angeles, CA)

Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC

International Classification: H04B 10/17 (20060101); G02B 6/032 (20060101); G02B 6/036 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00