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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 24 — Nov. 26, 2007
  • pp: 16035–16043

Grating-free Raman laser using highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber

S. Randoux, N. Y. Joly, G. Mélin, A. Fleureau, L. Galkovsky, S. Lempereur, and P. Suret  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 24, pp. 16035-16043 (2007)

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We demonstrate a Raman laser made from a grating-free highly-nonlinear photonic crystal fiber. The laser threshold power is lower than 600 mW and laser power characteristics recorded in experiments are accurately described from the usual simplest model dealing only with stationary evolutions of total optical powers [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 803–807 (1979)]. In our theoretical treatment, reflectivity coefficients are fixed parameters, in strong contrast with procedures usually implemented to describe Raman fiber lasers made with fiber Bragg gratings. Experimental investigations of the spectral properties of our grating-free Raman fiber laser evidence that the shape of the Stokes power spectrum remains remarkably Gaussian whatever the incident pump power. Increasing the incident pump power induces a drift of the Stokes wavelength together with a broadening of the Stokes optical spectrum. Investigations on the role of light polarization on laser characteristics show that our grating-free Raman fiber laser behaves as a Raman laser made with a standard polarization maintaining fiber.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3550) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Raman
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 28, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 3, 2007
Published: November 19, 2007

Stephane Randoux, Nicolas Y. Joly, G. Mélin, A. Fleureau, L. Galkovsky, S. Lempereur, and Pierre Suret, "Grating-free Raman laser using highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber," Opt. Express 15, 16035-16043 (2007)

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