We experimentally demonstrate a simple method for generating a multiwavelength Brillouin comb by utilizing a linear cavity of hybrid Brillouin–erbium fiber lasers (BEFLs). The optimization of Brillouin pump wavelength, power, and erbium gain played a significant role in determining the maximum number of Brillouin Stokes signals generated. Simultaneous and stable multiple-wavelength laser output of 22 lines with 10.88-GHz channel spacing has been obtained with good flatness. Various parameters such as 980-nm pump power, Brillouin pump wavelength, and Brillouin pump power that affect the performance of a multiwavelength BEFL system have been investigated. An analysis of the tuning range of the system is presented.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 19, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 12, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2004
Published: May 10, 2005
Mohammed H. Al-Mansoori, Suhairi Saharudin, Hairul Abdul-Rashid, Mohd A. Mahdi, and Mohamad K. Abdullah, "Characterization of a multiwavelength Brillouin–erbium fiber laser based on a linear cavity configuration," Appl. Opt. 44, 2827-2831 (2005)