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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2012
  • pp: 2554–2558

Tunable graphene Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser with suppressed self-mode locking effect

Da-Peng Zhou, Li Wei, and Wing-Ki Liu  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 14, pp. 2554-2558 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.002554


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Abstract

Self-mode locking effect in a wideband tunable graphene-based passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser has been observed experimentally. Q-switching is achieved by using graphene as a saturable absorber, while a tunable bandpass filter with a narrow bandwidth is used to obtain wideband tunability. We propose to suppress the modulation on each pulse from self-mode locking by introducing three subring resonators constructed with three 3 dB couplers into the laser ring cavity. Moreover, the laser output characteristics with respect to pump power are studied in detail. A stable Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser with a tunable range from 1522 nm to 1568 nm is demonstrated experimentally.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2012
Published: May 4, 2012

Citation
Da-Peng Zhou, Li Wei, and Wing-Ki Liu, "Tunable graphene Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser with suppressed self-mode locking effect," Appl. Opt. 51, 2554-2558 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-14-2554

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