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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 12302–12308

Gain-switched all-fiber laser with narrow bandwidth

C. Larsen, M. Giesberts, S. Nyga, O. Fitzau, B. Jungbluth, H. D. Hoffmann, and O. Bang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 12302-12308 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.012302


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Abstract

Gain-switching of a CW fiber laser is a simple and cost-effective approach to generate pulses using an all-fiber system. We report on the construction of a narrow bandwidth (below 0.1 nm) gain-switched fiber laser and optimize the pulse energy and pulse duration under this constraint. The extracted pulse energy is 20 μJ in a duration of 135 ns at 7 kHz. The bandwidth increases for a higher pump pulse energy and repetition rate, and this sets the limit of the output pulse energy. A single power amplifier is added to raise the peak power to the kW-level and the pulse energy to 230 μJ while keeping the bandwidth below 0.1 nm. This allows frequency doubling in a periodically poled lithium tantalate crystal with a reasonable conversion efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 5, 2013
Published: May 13, 2013

Citation
C. Larsen, M. Giesberts, S. Nyga, O. Fitzau, B. Jungbluth, H. D. Hoffmann, and O. Bang, "Gain-switched all-fiber laser with narrow bandwidth," Opt. Express 21, 12302-12308 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-10-12302


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