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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 12562–12569

Characterization of nonlinear saturation and mode-locking potential of ionically-doped colored glass filter for short-pulse fiber lasers

M. Zhang, E. J. R. Kelleher, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 12562-12569 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.012562


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Abstract

The nonlinear saturable absorption of an ionically-doped colored glass filter is measured directly using a Z-scan technique. For the first time, we demonstrate the potential of this material as a saturable asborber in fiber lasers. We achieve mode-locking of an ytterbium doped system. Mode-locking of cavities with all-positive and net-negative group velocity dispersion are demonstrated, achieving pulse durations of 60 ps and 4.1 ps, respectively. This inexpensive and optically robust material, with the potential for broadband operation, could surplant other saturable absorber devices in affordable mode-locked fiber lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2013
Published: May 15, 2013

Citation
M. Zhang, E. J. R. Kelleher, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor, "Characterization of nonlinear saturation and mode-locking potential of ionically-doped colored glass filter for short-pulse fiber lasers," Opt. Express 21, 12562-12569 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-10-12562


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