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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 27155–27168

Frequency stabilized coherent Brillouin random fiber laser: theory and experiments

Meng Pang, Xiaoyi Bao, Liang Chen, Zengguang Qin, Yang Lu, and Ping Lu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 27155-27168 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.027155


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Abstract

A coherent random fiber laser based on stimulated Brillouin scattering as gain and Rayleigh scattering as distributed feedback mirror was constructed. Its frequency is stabilized by a high finesse narrow-band Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) to select lasing frequency within the gain bandwidth. The light confinement within single-mode fiber enhances largely the random lasing directionality, which enables a high-quality coherent random lasing in the weak scattering region by using a milliwatt continuous-wave pump source. The FPI in the laser configuration acts as a frequency selection on the Rayleigh feedback light, and thus the random lasing frequency was locked at one of its transmission peaks giving a relative frequency fluctuation of ~2.5 × 10−11 at 100 s. The measured frequency jitter is within ~~ ± 20 kHz over 3 hours, 3 dB linewidth is ~50 Hz and frequency noise is ~20 mHz/Hz1/2 at 10 kHz.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2013
Published: November 1, 2013

Citation
Meng Pang, Xiaoyi Bao, Liang Chen, Zengguang Qin, Yang Lu, and Ping Lu, "Frequency stabilized coherent Brillouin random fiber laser: theory and experiments," Opt. Express 21, 27155-27168 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-22-27155


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