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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 16 — Aug. 12, 2013
  • pp: 18994–19002

Simultaneous mode-locking at 1565 nm and 1944 nm in fiber laser based on common graphene saturable absorber

Jaroslaw Sotor, Grzegorz Sobon, Iwona Pasternak, Aleksandra Krajewska, Wlodek Strupinski, and Krzysztof M. Abramski  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 16, pp. 18994-19002 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.018994


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Abstract

We present for the first time to the best of our knowledge an all-fiber thulium (Tm) and erbium (Er) doped fiber laser simultaneously mode-locked by a common graphene saturable absorber. The laser consists of two ring resonators combined with a common saturable absorber (SA). The generated optical solitons have a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 3.9 nm and 4.2 nm for Tm- and Er-doped laser, respectively. The used graphene layers were grown on copper foils by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and transferred onto the fiber connector end. Broadband and flat absorption spectrum of used SA supports mode-locked operation at 1565 nm and 1944 nm. The repetition frequency of the resonator with Er-doped fiber was 20.19 MHz while the Tm-doped resonator was around 1 m longer and resulted with repetition rate of 18.43 MHz. The reported experiment unambiguously confirms one of the biggest advantage of the carbon nanomaterial (in this case graphene) SAs over semiconductor saturable absorption mirrors (SESAM), which is broadband operation range, allowing to mode-lock two lasers spectrally separated by almost 400 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2013
Published: August 2, 2013

Citation
Jaroslaw Sotor, Grzegorz Sobon, Iwona Pasternak, Aleksandra Krajewska, Wlodek Strupinski, and Krzysztof M. Abramski, "Simultaneous mode-locking at 1565 nm and 1944 nm in fiber laser based on common graphene saturable absorber," Opt. Express 21, 18994-19002 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-16-18994


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