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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 25 — Dec. 3, 2012
  • pp: 27888–27895

Wavelength-tunable picosecond soliton fiber laser with Topological Insulator: Bi2Se3 as a mode locker

Chujun Zhao, Yanhong Zou, Yu Chen, Zhiteng Wang, Shunbin Lu, Han Zhang, Shuangchun Wen, and Dingyuan Tang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 25, pp. 27888-27895 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.027888


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Abstract

Based on the open-aperture Z-scan measurement, we firstly uncovered the saturable absorption property of the topological insulator (TI): Bi2Se3. A high absolute modulation depth up to 98% and a saturation intensity of 0.49 GWcm−2 were identified. By incorporating this novel saturable absorber material into an erbium-doped fiber laser, wavelength tunable soliton operation was experimentally demonstrated. Our result indicates that like the atomic layer graphene, the topological insulator Bi2Se3 could also operate as an effective saturable absorber for the passive mode locking of lasers at the telecommunication band.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2012
Published: November 29, 2012

Citation
Chujun Zhao, Yanhong Zou, Yu Chen, Zhiteng Wang, Shunbin Lu, Han Zhang, Shuangchun Wen, and Dingyuan Tang, "Wavelength-tunable picosecond soliton fiber laser with Topological Insulator: Bi2Se3 as a mode locker," Opt. Express 20, 27888-27895 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-25-27888


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