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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 2 — Apr. 1, 2013
  • pp: 117–129

Wavelength-Tunable, Passively Mode-Locked Erbium-Doped Fiber Master-Oscillator Incorporating a Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror

Luis A. Vazquez-Zuniga and Yoonchan Jeong  »View Author Affiliations


Journal of the Optical Society of Korea, Vol. 17, Issue 2, pp. 117-129 (2013)


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Abstract

We briefly review the recent progress in passively mode-locked fiber lasers (PMLFLs) based on semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) and discuss the detailed characterization of a SESAM-based, passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser operating in the 1.5-μm spectral range for various configurations. A simple and compact design of the laser cavity enables the PMLFL to generate either femtosecond or wavelength-tunable picosecond pulses with high stability as the intra-cavity filtering method is altered. All the cavities investigated in our experiments present self-starting, continuous-wave mode-locking with no Q-switching instabilities. The excellent stability of the source eventually enables the wavelength-tunable PMLFL to be used as a master oscillator for a power-amplifier source based on a large-core EDF, generating picosecond pulses of >10-kW peak power and >100-nJ pulse energy.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

History
Original Manuscript: February 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2013
Published: April 25, 2013

Citation
Luis A. Vazquez-Zuniga and Yoonchan Jeong, "Wavelength-Tunable, Passively Mode-Locked Erbium-Doped Fiber Master-Oscillator Incorporating a Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror," J. Opt. Soc. Korea 17, 117-129 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josk/abstract.cfm?URI=josk-17-2-117


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