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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2002
  • pp: 3511–3516

Suppression of self-pulsing behavior in erbium-doped fiber lasers with a semiconductor optical amplifier

Hongmin Chen, Guanghao Zhu, Niloy K. Dutta, and Kevin Dreyer  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 18, pp. 3511-3516 (2002)

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We experimentally demonstrate that the stability of cw and mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring lasers can be improved significantly with a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) inside the cavity. The fast saturable gain of the SOA suppresses significantly the self-pulsing that is due to ion pairs in the erbium-doped fiber, which acts as a saturable absorber. A linear stabilization analysis of the laser system agrees with our experimental results.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(270.3100) Quantum optics : Instabilities and chaos

Original Manuscript: July 13, 2001
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2001
Published: June 20, 2002

Hongmin Chen, Guanghao Zhu, Niloy K. Dutta, and Kevin Dreyer, "Suppression of self-pulsing behavior in erbium-doped fiber lasers with a semiconductor optical amplifier," Appl. Opt. 41, 3511-3516 (2002)

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