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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Feb. 24, 2014
  • pp: 4539–4546

Graphene-based passively mode-locked bidirectional fiber ring laser

Venkatesh Mamidala, R. I. Woodward, Y. Yang, H. H. Liu, and K. K. Chow  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 4539-4546 (2014)

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We present an all-fiber bidirectional passively mode-locked soliton laser with a graphene-based saturable absorber for the first time to the best of our knowledge. Our design includes a four-port circulator to introduce different sections of cavity for the two counter-propagating pulses, so they have distinct output characteristics. Simultaneous bidirectional operation is achieved by appropriately adjusting the net cavity birefringence and loss. In the clockwise direction, the laser emits ~750 fs pulses at 1561.6 nm, with a repetition rate of 7.68 MHz. In the counter clockwise direction, the central wavelength, pulse width, and repetition rate are 1561.0 nm, ~850 fs, and 6.90 MHz, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 9, 2014
Published: February 20, 2014

Venkatesh Mamidala, R. I. Woodward, Y. Yang, H. H. Liu, and K. K. Chow, "Graphene-based passively mode-locked bidirectional fiber ring laser," Opt. Express 22, 4539-4546 (2014)

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