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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 15 — Jul. 23, 2007
  • pp: 9176–9183

Optically driven deposition of single-walled carbon-nanotube saturable absorbers on optical fiber end-faces

J. W. Nicholson, R. S. Windeler, and D. J. DiGiovanni  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 15, pp. 9176-9183 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.009176


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Abstract

Optical radiation propagating in a fiber is used to deposit commercially available, single-walled carbon nanotubes on cleaved optical fiber end faces and fiber connectors. Thermophoresis caused by heating due to optical absorption is considered to be a likely candidate responsible for the deposition process. Single-walled carbon nanotubes have a fast saturable absorption over a broad wavelength range, and the demonstrated technique is an extremely simple and inexpensive method for making fiber-integrated, saturable absorbers for passive modelocking of fiber lasers. Pulse widths of 247 fs are demonstrated from an erbium-doped fiber laser operating at 1560 nm, and 137 fs pulses are demonstrated from an amplified Yb-doped fiber laser at 1070 nm.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: May 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 12, 2007
Published: July 11, 2007

Citation
J. W. Nicholson, R. S. Windeler, and D. J. DiGiovanni, "Optically driven deposition of single-walled carbon-nanotube saturable absorbers on optical fiber end-faces," Opt. Express 15, 9176-9183 (2007)
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