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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2599–2601

Continuous-wave supercontinuum laser based on an erbium-doped fiber ring cavity incorporating a highly nonlinear optical fiber

Ju Han Lee, Yuichi Takushima, and Kazuro Kikuchi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 19, pp. 2599-2601 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.002599


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate a novel erbium-doped fiber based continuous-wave (cw) supercontinuum laser. The laser has a simple ring-cavity structure incorporating an erbium-doped fiber and a highly nonlinear dispersion-shifted fiber (HNL-DSF). Differently from previously demonstrated cw supercontinuum sources based on single propagation of a strong Raman pump laser beam through a highly nonlinear fiber, erbium gain inside the cavity generates a seed light oscillation, and the oscillated light subsequently evolves into a supercontinuum by nonlinear effects such as modulation instability and stimulated Raman scattering in the HNL-DSF. High quality of the depolarized supercontinuum laser output with a spectral bandwidth larger than 250 nm is readily achieved.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Citation
Ju Han Lee, Yuichi Takushima, and Kazuro Kikuchi, "Continuous-wave supercontinuum laser based on an erbium-doped fiber ring cavity incorporating a highly nonlinear optical fiber," Opt. Lett. 30, 2599-2601 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-19-2599

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