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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2014
  • pp: 6868–6873

Femtosecond pulse generation from a topological insulator mode-locked fiber laser

Hao Liu, Xu-Wu Zheng, Meng Liu, Nian Zhao, Ai-Ping Luo, Zhi-Chao Luo, Wen-Cheng Xu, Han Zhang, Chu-Jun Zhao, and Shuang-Chun Wen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 6868-6873 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.006868


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Abstract

We reported on the generation of femtosecond pulse in a fiber ring laser by using a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-based topological insulator (TI), Bi2Se3 saturable absorber (SA). The PVA-TI composite has a low saturable optical intensity of 12 MW/cm2 and a modulation depth of ~3.9%. By incorporating the fabricated PVA-TISA into a fiber laser, mode-locking operation could be achieved at a low pump threshold of 25 mW. After an optimization of the cavity parameters, optical pulse with ~660 fs centered at 1557.5 nm wavelength had been generated. The experimental results demonstrate that the PVA could be an excellent host material for fabricating high-performance TISA, and also indicate that the filmy PVA-TISA is indeed a good candidate for ultrafast saturable absorption device.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(250.5530) Optoelectronics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 28, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 9, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 9, 2014
Published: March 17, 2014

Citation
Hao Liu, Xu-Wu Zheng, Meng Liu, Nian Zhao, Ai-Ping Luo, Zhi-Chao Luo, Wen-Cheng Xu, Han Zhang, Chu-Jun Zhao, and Shuang-Chun Wen, "Femtosecond pulse generation from a topological insulator mode-locked fiber laser," Opt. Express 22, 6868-6873 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-6-6868


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