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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2358–2363

Carbon nanotube films for ultrafast broadband technology

Samuli Kivistö, Tommi Hakulinen, Antti Kaskela, Brad Aitchison, David P. Brown, Albert G. Nasibulin, Esko I. Kauppinen, Antti Härkönen, and Oleg G. Okhotnikov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2358-2363 (2009)

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Mode-locked sub-picosecond operation of Yb-, Er- and Tm:Ho-doped fiber lasers operating at 1.05 μm, 1.56 μm and 1.99 μm, respectively, is demonstrated using the same sample carbon nanotube-based saturable absorber mirror. A mesh of single-walled carbon nanotubes was deposited on an Ag-mirror using a one-step dry-transfer contact press method to combine broadband saturable absorption and high reflectance properties. The novel fabrication method of the polymer-free absorber and device parameters determined using nonlinear reflectivity measurement are described in detail. To our knowledge the observed operation bandwidth of ~1 μm is the broadest reported to date for a single carbon nanotube-based saturable absorber.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 30, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2009
Published: February 5, 2009

Samuli Kivistö, Tommi Hakulinen, Antti Kaskela, Brad Aitchison, David P. Brown, Albert G. Nasibulin, Esko I. Kauppinen, Antti Härkönen, and Oleg G. Okhotnikov, "Carbon nanotube films for ultrafast broadband technology," Opt. Express 17, 2358-2363 (2009)

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