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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 9 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: 9525–9530

50 fs soliton compression of optical clock pulse recovered from NRZ data injected SOAFL

Gong-Ru Lin, Yu-Chan Lin, Kuen-Cherng Lin, Wei-Yu Lee, and Chung-Lun Wu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 9525-9530 (2010)

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Mode-locking of semiconductor optical amplifier fiber laser (SOAFL) with 50 fs pulses by extracting the clock of an optical non-return-to-zero (NRZ) data injection is demonstrated. The efficiency of mode-locking in the SOAFL is improved by increasing the seeding power of the large-duty-cycle NRZ data from 3 to 8 dBm into the SOA driven at biased current of 350 mA. After linear dispersion compensation, the mode-locked SOAFL pulsewidth can be further shortened from 20 to 3 ps by increasing the DCF length up to 110 m. By using a booster the EDFA to enlarge the average power of mode-locked SOAFL pulse to 1.3 W, the shortest soliton pulse is occurred after propagating through a 12-m-long SMF. The amplified SOAFL pulse can be compressed to 50 fs after nonlinear compression with its spectral linewidth broadening to 64 nm. Nearly transform-limited time-bandwidth product of 0.436 and the maximum pulse compressing ratio of 400 are reported to date.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 28, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 21, 2010
Published: April 22, 2010

Gong-Ru Lin, Yu-Chan Lin, Kuen-Cherng Lin, Wei-Yu Lee, and Chung-Lun Wu, "50 fs soliton compression of optical clock pulse recovered from NRZ data injected SOAFL," Opt. Express 18, 9525-9530 (2010)

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