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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 21 — Oct. 8, 2012
  • pp: 23367–23373

Switchable dual-wavelength SOA-based fiber laser with continuous tunability over the C-band at room-temperature

M. A. Ummy, N. Madamopoulos, M. Razani, A. Hossain, and R. Dorsinville  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 21, pp. 23367-23373 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.023367


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Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a simple compact, inexpensive, SOA-based, dual-wavelength tunable fiber laser, that can potentially be used for photoconductive mixing and generation of waves in the microwave and THz regions. A C-band semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is placed inside a linear cavity with two Sagnac loop mirrors at its either ends, which act as both reflectors and output ports. The selectivity of dual wavelengths and the tunability of the wavelength difference (Δλ) between them is accomplished by placing a narrow bandwidth (e.g., 0.3 nm) tunable thin film-based filter and a fiber Bragg grating (with bandwidth 0.28 nm) inside the loop mirror that operates as the output port. A total output power of + 6.9 dBm for the two wavelengths is measured and the potential for higher output powers is discussed. Optical power and wavelength stability are measured at 0.33 dB and 0.014 nm, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(230.2285) Optical devices : Fiber devices and optical amplifiers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2012
Published: September 26, 2012

Citation
M. A. Ummy, N. Madamopoulos, M. Razani, A. Hossain, and R. Dorsinville, "Switchable dual-wavelength SOA-based fiber laser with continuous tunability over the C-band at room-temperature," Opt. Express 20, 23367-23373 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-21-23367


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