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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 17 — Aug. 26, 2013
  • pp: 20062–20072

Mode-locked pulse generation from an all-fiberized, Tm-Ho-codoped fiber laser incorporating a graphene oxide-deposited side-polished fiber

Minwan Jung, Joonhoi Koo, Jaehyun Park, Yong-Won Song, Young Min Jhon, Kwanil Lee, Sangbae Lee, and Ju Han Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 17, pp. 20062-20072 (2013)

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An in-depth experimental investigation was conducted into the use of a graphene oxide-based saturable absorber implemented on a side-polished fiber platform for femtosecond pulse generation in the 2 μm region. First, it was experimentally shown that an all-fiberized thulium-holmium (Tm-Ho)-codoped fiber ring laser with reduced cavity length can produce stable femtosecond pulses by incorporating a graphene oxide-deposited side-polished fiber. Second, the measurement accuracy issue in obtaining a precise pulse-width value by use of an autocorrelator together with a silica fiber-based 2 μm-band amplifier was investigated. It showed that the higher-order soliton compression effect caused by the combination of anomalous dispersion and Kerr nonlinearity can provide incorrect pulse-width information. Third, an experimental investigation into the precise role of the graphene oxide-deposited side-polished fiber was carried out to determine whether its polarization-dependent loss (PDL) can be a substantial contributor to mode-locking through nonlinear polarization rotation. By comparing its performance with that of a gold-deposited side-polished fiber, the PDL contribution to mode-locking was found to be insignificant, and the dominant mode-locking mechanism was shown to be saturable absorption due to mutual interaction between the evanescent field of the oscillated beam and the deposited graphene oxide particles.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2013
Published: August 19, 2013

Minwan Jung, Joonhoi Koo, Jaehyun Park, Yong-Won Song, Young Min Jhon, Kwanil Lee, Sangbae Lee, and Ju Han Lee, "Mode-locked pulse generation from an all-fiberized, Tm-Ho-codoped fiber laser incorporating a graphene oxide-deposited side-polished fiber," Opt. Express 21, 20062-20072 (2013)

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