A spectrum-sliced multi-wavelength fiber source (SS-MWFS) based on double-pass superfluorescent fiber source (SFS) with a reflection Mach-Zehnder filter (RMZF) as the reflected comb filter is demonstrated. With backward pumped configuration, MWFS with 50 wavelength channels of extinction ratio (ER) of 16.7 dB is obtained over the almost total C-band gain region. Total output power of the MWFS is 16.2 mW which shows that a power of about 0.3 mW of per channel is achieved. The SS-MWFS with forward pumped configuration is also discussed for comparing. The backward pumped configuration can provide a larger output power while only a little smaller ER than that of the forward pumped configuration.
© 2005 Chinese Optics Letters
(060.2380) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sources and detectors
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(060.2410) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, erbium
Wencai Huang, Hai Ming, Xiulin Wang, and Huiying Xu, "Multi-wavelength fiber source based on double-pass superfluorescent fiber source and a reflection Mach-Zehnder filter," Chin. Opt. Lett. 3, 253-256 (2005)