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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1046–1048

Polarization-switchable Q-switched DFB fiber laser

Alex Fraser, Martin Bernier, Jean-Daniel Deschênes, Éric Weynant, Jérome Genest, and Réal Vallée  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 1046-1048 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001046


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Abstract

A polarization switchable Q-switched distributed feedback (DFB) fiber laser is presented. This what we believe to be a new Q-switching method allows one to obtain linearly polarized laser emission in either x or y direction. The principle of this method is based on a variable birefringent phase shift induced by a lateral stress applied at a precise location along a fiber Bragg grating by a specially designed hyper-elastic device. A piezoelectric actuator controls the amount of stress delivered to the fiber, thus allowing a precise and rapid tuning of the cavity Q-factor.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 17, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 5, 2010
Published: March 31, 2010

Citation
Alex Fraser, Martin Bernier, Jean-Daniel Deschênes, Éric Weynant, Jérome Genest, and Réal Vallée, "Polarization-switchable Q-switched DFB fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 35, 1046-1048 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-7-1046


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