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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2005
  • pp: 572–581

Coupled-cavity analysis of the resonant loop mirror: closed-form expressions and simulations for enhanced performance lasing

Shailesh Srivastava and Krishnamurthy Srinivasan  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 4, pp. 572-581 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.000572


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Abstract

A coupled-cavity analysis of the resonant loop mirror with a signal flow graph technique is presented. Use of this technique has resulted in simple closed-form expressions for reflectance, transmittance, critical coupling, bandwidth, finesse, gain threshold, and mode splitting. Application of this device to enhance the single longitudinal mode operation of a fiber laser is also proposed. Detailed simulation results show a dramatic reduction in bandwidth and a threefold enhancement of the free spectral range by use of the vernier effect. The formulas and results obtained would also be useful in laser sensors and filters.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors

History
Original Manuscript: October 29, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: August 2, 2004
Published: February 1, 2005

Citation
Shailesh Srivastava and Krishnamurthy Srinivasan, "Coupled-cavity analysis of the resonant loop mirror: closed-form expressions and simulations for enhanced performance lasing," Appl. Opt. 44, 572-581 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-4-572


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