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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 1996
  • pp: 1679–1681

Longitudinal mode control of a narrow-linewidth fiber laser by use of the intrinsic birefringence of the fiber laser

R. J. Forster and N. Langford  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 20, pp. 1679-1681 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.001679


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Abstract

We present preliminary experimental data that show that the intrinsic birefringence in a ring erbium fiber laser containing a length of standard communications-grade optical fiber can be used to inhibit longitudinal mode hops. Mode-hop-free operation for periods in excess of several hours is observed with resolution-limited linewidths of 240 kHz.

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History
Original Manuscript: June 5, 1996
Published: October 15, 1996

Citation
R. J. Forster and N. Langford, "Longitudinal mode control of a narrow-linewidth fiber laser by use of the intrinsic birefringence of the fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 21, 1679-1681 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-21-20-1679


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