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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8945–8952

A stable polarization switching laser from a bidirectional passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber oscillator

Wei Zhou, Deyuan Shen, Yishan Wang, Hefeng Ma, and Fei Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8945-8952 (2013)

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We report on a novel polarization switching laser from a bidirectional passively mode-locked thulium(Tm)-doped fiber oscillator, which was characterized by the periodical change of polarization state of every pulse. The switching laser was created by combing two orthogonally stable vector solitons, which were found to be wave-breaking-free pulses in the all-anomalous-dispersion regime. The measured repetition rates of switching laser and the corresponding vector solitons were 49.596 MHz, 24.798 MHz, and 24.798MHz. By controlling wave plates, either of the polarized pulse trains can be switched on or off. To our knowledge, this is the first report of polarization switching laser with vector solitons in Tm fiber oscillators.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2013
Published: April 4, 2013

Wei Zhou, Deyuan Shen, Yishan Wang, Hefeng Ma, and Fei Wang, "A stable polarization switching laser from a bidirectional passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber oscillator," Opt. Express 21, 8945-8952 (2013)

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