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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 14979–14992

Pump-induced, dual-frequency switching in a short-cavity, ytterbium-doped fiber laser

W. Guan and J. R. Marciante  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 14979-14992 (2007)

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Using a short linear cavity composed of a section of highly ytterbium-doped fiber surrounded by two fiber Bragg gratings, dual-frequency switching is achieved by tuning the pump power of the laser. The dual-frequency switching is generated by the thermal effects of the absorbed pump in the ytterbium-doped fiber. At each frequency, the laser shows single-longitudinal-mode behavior. In each single-mode regime, the optical signal-to-noise ratio of the laser is greater than 50 dB. The dual-frequency, switchable, fiber laser can be designed for various applications by the careful selection of the two gratings.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(120.6810) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Thermal effects
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 23, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2007
Published: October 29, 2007

W. Guan and J. R. Marciante, "Pump-induced, dual-frequency switching in a short-cavity, ytterbium-doped fiber laser," Opt. Express 15, 14979-14992 (2007)

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