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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2014
  • pp: 4611–4615

High-fidelity all-fiber amplification of a gain-switched laser diode

Laura Abrardi, Marek A. Gusowski, and Thomas Feurer  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 20, pp. 4611-4615 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.004611


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Abstract

We demonstrate a multistage erbium fiber amplifier seeded by a gain-switched laser diode operating at a wavelength of 1550 nm and a repetition rate of 1 MHz. The pulse energy is 0.5 μJ, and the pulse duration is 40 ps, resulting in a peak power of 11.4 kW. The three-stage all-fiber amplifier system is designed to avoid any spectral distortions induced by gain saturation or nonlinear effects and high levels of amplified spontaneous emission. The output pulses are close to transform limited with a Gaussian pulse envelope.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 18, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 4, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 4, 2014
Published: July 10, 2014

Citation
Laura Abrardi, Marek A. Gusowski, and Thomas Feurer, "High-fidelity all-fiber amplification of a gain-switched laser diode," Appl. Opt. 53, 4611-4615 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-53-20-4611

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