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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2012
  • pp: 3426–3428

Electronic control of nonlinear-polarization-rotation mode locking in Yb-doped fiber lasers

Xuling Shen, Wenxue Li, Ming Yan, and Heping Zeng  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 16, pp. 3426-3428 (2012)

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We demonstrate a convenient approach to precisely tune the polarization state of a nonlinear-polarization-rotation mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser by using an electronic polarization controller. It is shown to benefit self-starting of mode-locking states, with precise tuning of the spectral profile, pulse width, and carrier-envelope offset frequency. The pulse width changed linearly by 0.78 ps in the time domain, and the carrier-envelope offset frequency shifted 77.5MHz in the frequency domain with a slight change of the driving voltage of 30.7 mV applied on the controller, corresponding to a polarization rotation of 0.0135π. This facilitated precise and automatic regeneration of a particular mode-locking state by setting an accurate voltage at the polarization controller with a programmed microprocessor control unit.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 8, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2012
Published: August 10, 2012

Xuling Shen, Wenxue Li, Ming Yan, and Heping Zeng, "Electronic control of nonlinear-polarization-rotation mode locking in Yb-doped fiber lasers," Opt. Lett. 37, 3426-3428 (2012)

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