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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 12874–12880

Tunable single frequency fiber laser based on FP-LD injection locking

Aiqin Zhang, Xinhuan Feng, Minggui Wan, Zhaohui Li, and Bai-ou Guan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 12874-12880 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.012874


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Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a tunable single frequency fiber laser based on Fabry PĂ©rot laser diode (FP-LD) injection locking. The single frequency operation principle is based on the fact that the output from a FP-LD injection locked by a multi-longitudinal-mode (MLM) light can have fewer longitudinal-modes number and narrower linewidth. By inserting a FP-LD in a fiber ring laser cavity, single frequency operation can be possibly achieved when stable laser oscillation established after many roundtrips through the FP-LD. Wavelength switchable single frequency lasing can be achieved by adjusting the tunable optical filter (TOF) in the cavity to coincide with different mode of the FP-LD. By adjustment of the drive current of the FP-LD, the lasing modes would shift and wavelength tunable operation can be obtained. In experiment, a wavelength tunable range of 32.4 nm has been obtained by adjustment of the drive current of the FP-LD and a tunable filter in the ring cavity. Each wavelength has a side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) of at least 41 dB and a linewidth of about 13 kHz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 14, 2013
Published: May 17, 2013

Citation
Aiqin Zhang, Xinhuan Feng, Minggui Wan, Zhaohui Li, and Bai-ou Guan, "Tunable single frequency fiber laser based on FP-LD injection locking," Opt. Express 21, 12874-12880 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-10-12874


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