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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2006
  • pp: 1621–1623

Self-Q-switched Er–Brillouin fiber source with extra-cavity generation of a Raman supercontinuum in a dispersion-shifted fiber

Andrei A. Fotiadi and Patrice Mégret  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 11, pp. 1621-1623 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001621


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Abstract

Brillouin mirrors based on a single-mode optical fiber provide the simplest, completely passive, and most universal way to produce nanosecond pulses with extensive wavelength tunability. We propose an all-fiber solution, where a passively Q-switched Er-doped Briilouin fiber laser pumped by a low-power laser diode produces pulses with a peak/average power contrast of 500 W 25 mW and, in association with a conventional dispersion-shifted fiber employed as an extracavity nonlinear medium, causes the generation of a nanosecond supercontinuum extending from 900 to over 1800 nm . Expanding evolution of the spectrum kicked off by the multicascade Brillouin process is reported.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: February 9, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 2006

Citation
Andrei A. Fotiadi and Patrice Mégret, "Self-Q-switched Er-Brillouin fiber source with extra-cavity generation of a Raman supercontinuum in a dispersion-shifted fiber," Opt. Lett. 31, 1621-1623 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-11-1621


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