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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 12 — Jun. 17, 2013
  • pp: 14859–14866

Actively manipulation of operation states in passively pulsed fiber lasers by using graphene saturable absorber on microfiber

Qiwen Sheng, Ming Feng, Wei Xin, Tianyu Han, Yange Liu, Zhibo Liu, and Jianguo Tian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 14859-14866 (2013)

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We experimentally demonstrate an operation switchable Erbium-doped fiber laser by employing graphene saturable absorber (GSA) on microfiber. With the introducing of a polydimethylsiloxane layer, a graphene can be considered as a parallel plate on microfiber and induces different propagation losses to TE and TM modes. By the use of such polarization sensitive GSA on microfiber, Erbium doped fiber laser with switchable operation states such as continuous wave, stable Q-switching, Q-switched mode-locking, and continuous-wave mode-locking, can be achieved by simply tuning the polarization states in the laser cavity. Our results show that covering graphene on microfibers could be a promising method for fabricating all fiber SA, and may have high potential in wide applications.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(310.5448) Thin films : Polarization, other optical properties

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2013
Published: June 14, 2013

Qiwen Sheng, Ming Feng, Wei Xin, Tianyu Han, Yange Liu, Zhibo Liu, and Jianguo Tian, "Actively manipulation of operation states in passively pulsed fiber lasers by using graphene saturable absorber on microfiber," Opt. Express 21, 14859-14866 (2013)

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