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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2122–2124

Mode-locked fiber laser using an SU8/SWCNT saturable absorber

Ivan Hernandez-Romano, Dimitrios Mandridis, Daniel A. May-Arrioja, Jose J. Sanchez-Mondragon, and Peter J. Delfyett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 11, pp. 2122-2124 (2011)

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We report the fabrication of a saturable absorber based on SU8 single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) composite material. Thin films with a controllable thickness can be fabricated using a simple and reliable process. These films can be inserted between two FC/APC connectors in order to have an inline saturable absorber. A passive mode-locked laser was built by interleaving the fiberized saturable absorber in an erbium-doped fiber (L-band) ring cavity laser. The laser produces 871 fs pulses with a repetition rate of 21.27 MHz and a maximum average power of 1 mW .

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 27, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2011
Published: June 1, 2011

Ivan Hernandez-Romano, Dimitrios Mandridis, Daniel A. May-Arrioja, Jose J. Sanchez-Mondragon, and Peter J. Delfyett, "Mode-locked fiber laser using an SU8/SWCNT saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 36, 2122-2124 (2011)

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