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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 1991
  • pp: 387–389

Acoustically tuned erbium-doped fiber ring laser

D. A. Smith, M. W. Maeda, J. J. Johnson, J. S. Patel, M. A. Saifi, and A. Von Lehman  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 16, Issue 6, pp. 387-389 (1991)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.16.000387


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Abstract

We report what is to our knowledge the first narrow-linewidth, continuously tunable laser that uses an acousto-optic filter to achieve a broad tuning range. The unidirectional ring-laser configuration incorporates an erbium-doped fiber amplifier as the gain medium and an integrated, frequency-shift-compensated acousto-optic filter as the tuning element. Using a 980-nm optical pump with 60 mW of launched power, we obtained nearly 2 mW of laser output with 10% output coupling. A tuning range of 40 nm was achieved, centered about 1545 nm. Single-longitudinal-mode operation with a 10-kHz linewidth was demonstrated, although the laser wavelength hopped between nearby longitudinal modes because of path-length fluctuations. Wavelength switching at rates up to 100 kHz was examined.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: September 5, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 1991
Published: March 15, 1991

Citation
D. A. Smith, M. W. Maeda, J. J. Johnson, J. S. Patel, M. A. Saifi, and A. Von Lehman, "Acoustically tuned erbium-doped fiber ring laser," Opt. Lett. 16, 387-389 (1991)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-16-6-387

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