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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11052–11057

Actively Q-switched all-fiber laser with an electrically controlled microstructured fiber

Zhangwei Yu, M. Malmström, O. Tarasenko, W. Margulis, and F. Laurell  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11052-11057 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.011052


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Abstract

Actively Q-switching of an all-fiber laser system is demonstrated. The active element is a polarization switch with nanosecond risetime based on a microstructured fiber with electrically driven internal electrodes. Optical feedback between two 100% reflectors is inhibited until a nanosecond current pulse Q-switches the laser. After a short optical pulse develops several roundtrips later, the fiber switch is turned off, removing the short optical pulse from the cavity through a polarization splitter. Pulses of 50 W peak power and ~12 ns duration are obtained with 400 mW pump power at 100 Hz.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2410) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 12, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 30, 2010
Published: May 11, 2010

Citation
Zhangwei Yu, M. Malmström, O. Tarasenko, W. Margulis, and F. Laurell, "Actively Q-switched all-fiber laser with an electrically controlled microstructured fiber," Opt. Express 18, 11052-11057 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-11-11052


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