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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2011
  • pp: 253–260

Theoretical and experimental analysis of tunable Sagnac high-birefringence loop filter for dual-wavelength laser application

R. I. Álvarez-Tamayo, M. Durán-Sánchez, O. Pottiez, E. A. Kuzin, B. Ibarra-Escamilla, and A. Flores-Rosas  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 253-260 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.000253


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Abstract

We present detailed investigations of the spectral dependencies of the transmission of a fiber optical loop mirror (FOLM) consisting of a coupler with output ports spliced at arbitrary angles to a high-birefringence (Hi-Bi) fiber. The application for dual-wavelength lasers is discussed. For this aim, the spectral dependence of the reflection is tuned by the temperature of the Hi-Bi fiber that allows a fine adjustment of the cavity loss for generated wavelengths. The ratio between maximum and minimum reflection can be adjusted by the twist angle of the fiber at the splices, which also provides useful possibilities for the adjustment of cavity losses. We used the twist and temperature variation of the Hi-Bi fiber to change the operation from single wavelength to stable dual-wavelength generation with either equal or unequal powers of wavelengths.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2010
Published: January 13, 2011

Citation
R. I. Álvarez-Tamayo, M. Durán-Sánchez, O. Pottiez, E. A. Kuzin, B. Ibarra-Escamilla, and A. Flores-Rosas, "Theoretical and experimental analysis of tunable Sagnac high-birefringence loop filter for dual-wavelength laser application," Appl. Opt. 50, 253-260 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-3-253


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