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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 8720–8726

Low jitter Q-switched fiber laser using optically driven surface-normal saturable absorber modulator

Tommi Hakulinen, Riku Koskinen, and Oleg G. Okhotnikov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 8720-8726 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.008720


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Abstract

A technique for stabilizing the repetition frequency of a passively Q-switched laser is presented using an optically driven surface-normal semiconductor modulator. A method is capable of significant reduction of the timing jitter in a passively Q-switched laser by optical triggering the saturable absorber semiconductor reflector. The experimental demonstration using passively Q-switched ytterbium-doped fiber laser shows the jitter reduction by factor of 1.66×103 from 50 µs down to 30 ns.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: April 4, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2008
Published: May 29, 2008

Citation
Tommi Hakulinen, Riku Koskinen, and Oleg G. Okhotnikov, "Low jitter Q-switched fiber laser using optically driven surface-normal saturable absorber modulator," Opt. Express 16, 8720-8726 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-12-8720


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