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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 22 — Oct. 25, 2010
  • pp: 23054–23061

Optical deposition of graphene and carbon nanotubes in a fiber ferrule for passive mode-locked lasing

Amos Martinez, Kazuyuki Fuse, Bo Xu, and Shinji Yamashita  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 22, pp. 23054-23061 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.023054


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Abstract

Mode-locked fiber lasers are currently undergoing a significant evolution towards higher pulse energies and shorter pulse durations. A key enabler in this progress has been the discovery of novel saturable absorbers (SA) such as carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphene. The exceptional properties of CNTs as SA have been extensively studied in recent years. Graphene, a one atom thick planar sheet of carbon atoms arranged into a hexagonal lattice, has been recently proposed as an alternative to CNTs in several photonics applications. Here, we propose a method for the integration of graphene into a fiber ferrule using an optical deposition technique, which has been also employed for the deposition of CNT directly on the core of a fiber edge and in tapered fibers. We investigate and compare the optical properties of CNT-SA and graphene-SA fabricated by this optical deposition technique. Soliton-like, mode-locked lasing is confirmed using an erbium doped optical fiber in an all-fiber ring cavity laser configuration.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 6, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2010
Published: October 18, 2010

Citation
Amos Martinez, Kazuyuki Fuse, Bo Xu, and Shinji Yamashita, "Optical deposition of graphene and carbon nanotubes in a fiber ferrule for passive mode-locked lasing," Opt. Express 18, 23054-23061 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-22-23054


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