A unidirectional erbium fiber laser incorporating a novel LiNbO3 overlay fiber-optic bandpass filter is demonstrated. By applying index-matching oils of different refractive indices to the surface of the overlay filter, we could tune the operating wavelength of the laser from 1531 to 1556 nm while maintaining a bandwidth of less than 0.2 nm (resolution limited). Output powers as high as 3 mW for 36 mW of pump power have been recorded.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 11, 1993
Published: June 1, 1994
A. Gloag, K. McCallion, W. Johnstone, and N. Langford, "Tunable erbium fiber laser using a novel overlay bandpass filter," Opt. Lett. 19, 801-803 (1994)