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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 23 — Nov. 15, 2004
  • pp: 5640–5645

Bidirectional optical bistability in a dual-pumped erbium doped fiber ring laser

W. J. Lai, P. Shum, and L. N. Binh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 23, pp. 5640-5645 (2004)

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We investigate bidirectional optical wave propagations in a dual-pumped erbium doped fiber ring laser without isolator, and observe optical bistabillity behaviors. Consequently, we propose and construct a NOLM-NALM fiber ring laser to demonstrate and exploit this bidirectional optical bistability phenomenon in optical switching by introducing two tunable variable ratio couplers in the system. Numerical analyses based on the proposed laser structure have also been demonstrated corroborated with the experimental results.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(230.7020) Optical devices : Traveling-wave devices

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: September 20, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2004
Published: November 15, 2004

W. J. Lai, P. Shum, and L. Binh, "Bidirectional optical bistability in a dual-pumped erbium doped fiber ring laser," Opt. Express 12, 5640-5645 (2004)

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