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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 6 — Mar. 16, 2009
  • pp: 4806–4814

Manipulation of operation states by polarization control in an erbium-doped fiber laser with a hybrid saturable absorber

Kuei-Huei Lin, Jung-Jui Kang, Hsiao-Hua Wu, Chao-Kuei Lee, and Gong-Ru Lin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 6, pp. 4806-4814 (2009)

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We propose an operation switchable ring-cavity erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) via intra-cavity polarization control. By using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror in the EDFL cavity, stable Q-switching, Q-switched mode-locking, continuous-wave mode-locking, pulse splitting, and harmonic mode-locking pulses can be manipulated simply by detuning a polarization controller while keeping the pump power at the same level. All EDFL operation states can be obtained under the polarization angles detuning within 180°. Continuous-wave mode-locking of EDFL with 800-fs pulsewidth repeated at 4 MHz has been obtained, for which the output pulse energy is 0.5 nJ and the peak power is 625 W. Interaction between solitons and the accompanied non-soliton component will lead to either pulse splitting or 5th-order harmonic mode-locking at repetition rate of 20 MHz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 21, 2009
Published: March 11, 2009

Kuei-Huei Lin, Jung-Jui Kang, Hsiao-Hua Wu, Chao-Kuei Lee, and Gong-Ru Lin, "Manipulation of operation states by polarization control in an erbium-doped fiber laser with a hybrid saturable absorber," Opt. Express 17, 4806-4814 (2009)

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