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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 19775–19780

Low noise GHz passive harmonic mode-locking of soliton fiber laser using evanescent wave interaction with carbon nanotubes

Chang Su Jun, Ju Hee Im, Sang Hwa Yoo, Sun Young Choi, Fabian Rotermund, Dong-Il Yeom, and Byoung Yoon Kim  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 19775-19780 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.019775


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Abstract

Passive harmonic mode-locking in soliton fiber laser is presented with excellent noise characteristics by employing a single-walled carbon nanotubes saturable absorber designed to interact with evanescent wave of the laser field. The 34th harmonic mode-locking pulses at 943.16 MHz repetition rate were stably generated with 18 mW output power, >50 dB side-mode suppression and −140 dB/Hz relative intensity noise. Soliton energy control with polarization controller further increased the harmonic order to 61st, 1.692 GHz, but with compromised performance. Scaling to higher-order harmonic mode-locking is discussed for practical application in optical communication system.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 11, 2011
Published: September 23, 2011

Citation
Chang Su Jun, Ju Hee Im, Sang Hwa Yoo, Sun Young Choi, Fabian Rotermund, Dong-Il Yeom, and Byoung Yoon Kim, "Low noise GHz passive harmonic mode-locking of soliton fiber laser using evanescent wave interaction with carbon nanotubes," Opt. Express 19, 19775-19780 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-20-19775


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