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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2013
  • pp: 5212–5215

2  GHz passively harmonic mode-locked fiber laser by a microfiber-based topological insulator saturable absorber

Zhi-Chao Luo, Meng Liu, Hao Liu, Xu-Wu Zheng, Ai-Ping Luo, Chu-Jun Zhao, Han Zhang, Shuang-Chun Wen, and Wen-Cheng Xu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 24, pp. 5212-5215 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.005212


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Abstract

We report on the generation of passive harmonic mode locking of a fiber laser using a microfiber-based topological insulator (TI) Bi2Te3 saturable absorber (SA). The optical deposition method was employed to fabricate the microfiber-based TISA. By virtue of the excellent nonlinear optical property of the proposed TISA, the fiber laser could operate at the pulse repetition rate of 2.04 GHz under a pump power of 126 mW, corresponding to the 418th harmonic of fundamental repetition frequency. The results demonstrate that the microfiber-based TI photonic device can operate as both the high nonlinear optical component and the SA in fiber lasers, and could also find other applications in the related fields of photonics.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(250.5530) Optoelectronics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2013
Published: December 3, 2013

Citation
Zhi-Chao Luo, Meng Liu, Hao Liu, Xu-Wu Zheng, Ai-Ping Luo, Chu-Jun Zhao, Han Zhang, Shuang-Chun Wen, and Wen-Cheng Xu, "2  GHz passively harmonic mode-locked fiber laser by a microfiber-based topological insulator saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 38, 5212-5215 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-24-5212


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