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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17632–17640

Broad-range self-sweeping of a narrow-line self-pulsing Yb-doped fiber laser

Ivan A. Lobach, Sergey I. Kablukov, Evgeniy V. Podivilov, and Sergey A. Babin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17632-17640 (2011)

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The effect of broad-range (16 nm) self-sweeping of a narrow-line (less than 1 pm) Yb-doped fiber laser has been demonstrated experimentally. It is found that the effect arises from the self-sustained relaxation oscillations. As a result, the sweeping rate increases as square root of the laser power and decreases with increasing cavity length. Based on these results we propose a model describing dynamics of the laser frequency. The model takes into account the effects of gain saturation at the laser transition and spatial hole burning in the self-pulsing regime.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 24, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 5, 2011
Published: August 23, 2011

Ivan A. Lobach, Sergey I. Kablukov, Evgeniy V. Podivilov, and Sergey A. Babin, "Broad-range self-sweeping of a narrow-line self-pulsing Yb-doped fiber laser," Opt. Express 19, 17632-17640 (2011)

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