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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2012
  • pp: 1067–1070

All-fiber Q-switched operation of thulium-doped silica fiber laser by piezoelectric microbending

Hajime Sakata, Shungo Araki, Ryo Toyama, and Masahiro Tomiki  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 8, pp. 1067-1070 (2012)

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We demonstrate an all-fiber Q-switched laser operation in the 2 µm region on the basis of a dynamic periodic microbend and pulsed-pump configuration. A single-mode thulium-doped silica fiber is pumped by 1.6 µm-band laser diodes, and the dynamic loss is introduced in the fiber ring resonator by the periodic microbend that is electrically controlled with a piezoelectric actuator. When the voltage-off period of the piezoelectric actuator is set at 20 µs for the pump power of 120 mW, the output pulse power is measured by 420 mW with a pulse width of 1.3 µs.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: November 8, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2012
Published: March 5, 2012

Hajime Sakata, Shungo Araki, Ryo Toyama, and Masahiro Tomiki, "All-fiber Q-switched operation of thulium-doped silica fiber laser by piezoelectric microbending," Appl. Opt. 51, 1067-1070 (2012)

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