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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 25077–25084

Tm-doped fiber laser mode-locked by graphene-polymer composite

M. Zhang, E. J. R. Kelleher, F. Torrisi, Z. Sun, T. Hasan, D. Popa, F. Wang, A. C. Ferrari, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 25077-25084 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.025077


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Abstract

We demonstrate mode-locking of a thulium-doped fiber laser operating at 1.94 μm, using a graphene-polymer based saturable absorber. The laser outputs 3.6 ps pulses, with ∼0.4 nJ energy and an amplitude fluctuation ∼0.5%, at 6.46 MHz. This is a simple, low-cost, stable and convenient laser oscillator for applications where eye-safe and low-photon-energy light sources are required, such as sensing and biomedical diagnostics.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2012
Published: October 18, 2012

Citation
M. Zhang, E. J. R. Kelleher, F. Torrisi, Z. Sun, T. Hasan, D. Popa, F. Wang, A. C. Ferrari, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor, "Tm-doped fiber laser mode-locked by graphene-polymer composite," Opt. Express 20, 25077-25084 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-22-25077


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