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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 3 — Jan. 31, 2011
  • pp: 2485–2492

Beat-frequency adjustable Er3+-doped DBR fiber laser for ultrasound detection

Tuan Guo, Allan C. L. Wong, Wei-Sheng Liu, Bai-Ou Guan, Chao Lu, and Hwa-Yaw Tam  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 2485-2492 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.002485


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Abstract

A compact low beat-frequency dual-polarization distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) fiber laser whose beat frequency can be varied, for high-frequency ultrasound detection has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The laser was fabricated in small birefringent commercial erbium-doped fiber. It operated in a robust single-longitude mode with output power of more than 1 mW and high signal-to-noise ratio better than 60 dB. Induced birefringence to the fiber during the UV inscription process is small (~10−7) and consequently the laser beats at a low frequency of ~20 MHz which is at least one order of magnitude smaller than previously reported results, making frequency down-conversion unnecessary. The beat frequency can be adjusted by controlling the side-exposure time of the UV light irradiating the gain cavity, providing a simple approach to multiplex a large number of DBR fiber lasers of different frequencies in series using frequency division multiplexing (FDM) technique. The proposed DBR fiber laser is also temperature insensitive, making it a good candidate for hydrophone applications.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 22, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2010
Published: January 26, 2011

Citation
Tuan Guo, Allan C. L. Wong, Wei-Sheng Liu, Bai-Ou Guan, Chao Lu, and Hwa-Yaw Tam, "Beat-frequency adjustable Er3+-doped DBR fiber laser for ultrasound detection," Opt. Express 19, 2485-2492 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-3-2485


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