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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5652–5657

Graphene-filled hollow optical fiber saturable absorber for efficient soliton fiber laser mode-locking

Sun Young Choi, Dae Kun Cho, Yong-Won Song, Kyunghwan Oh, Kihong Kim, Fabian Rotermund, and Dong-Il Yeom  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5652-5657 (2012)

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We demonstrate a novel in-line saturable absorber based on hollow optical fiber (HOF) filled with graphene composite for high power operation of mode-locked fiber laser. Evanescent field of guided mode propagating in few centimeter-long HOF interacts with the graphene/polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) composite, which enables robust and efficient nonlinear absorption leading to stable passive mode-locking. The mode-locked fiber laser generates soliton pulses with 5.9-nm spectral bandwidth and its maximum output power is measured up to 80 mW. We also observe passive harmonic mode-locking of soliton laser delivering stable pulses with a repetition rate of 506.9 MHz at 33rd harmonics.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 10, 2012
Published: February 22, 2012

Sun Young Choi, Dae Kun Cho, Yong-Won Song, Kyunghwan Oh, Kihong Kim, Fabian Rotermund, and Dong-Il Yeom, "Graphene-filled hollow optical fiber saturable absorber for efficient soliton fiber laser mode-locking," Opt. Express 20, 5652-5657 (2012)

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