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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 12880–12889

Passive mode locking of ytterbium- and erbium-doped all-fiber lasers using graphene oxide saturable absorbers

Hou-Ren Chen, Chih-Ya Tsai, Hsin-Ming Cheng, Kuei-Huei Lin, and Wen-Feng Hsieh  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 12880-12889 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.012880


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Abstract

Broadband graphene oxide/PVA films were used as saturable absorbers (SAs) for mode locking erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) and ytterbium-doped fiber laser (YDFL) at 1.06 μm and 1.55 μm. They provide modulation depths of 3.15% and 6.2% for EDFL and YDFL, respectively. Stable self-starting mode-locked pulses are obtained for both lasers, confirming that the graphene oxide is cost-effective. We have generated mode-locked pulses with spectral width, repetition rate, and pulse duration of 0.75 nm, 9.5 MHz, and 2.7 ps. This is the shortest pulse duration directly obtained from an all-normal-dispersion YDFL with graphene-oxide saturable absorber.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 26, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2014
Published: May 20, 2014

Citation
Hou-Ren Chen, Chih-Ya Tsai, Hsin-Ming Cheng, Kuei-Huei Lin, and Wen-Feng Hsieh, "Passive mode locking of ytterbium- and erbium-doped all-fiber lasers using graphene oxide saturable absorbers," Opt. Express 22, 12880-12889 (2014)
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