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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2013
  • pp: 667–669

Transverse mode switchable fiber laser through wavelength tuning

Biao Sun, Anting Wang, Lixin Xu, Chun Gu, Yong Zhou, Zhongxi Lin, Hai Ming, and Qiwen Zhan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 5, pp. 667-669 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.000667


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Abstract

We report a fiber laser design that is capable of producing switchable transverse modes through wavelength tuning. The transverse mode switching is realized by exploiting the particular transverse mode-wavelength association characteristics of the few-mode fiber Bragg grating. Different transverse mode outputs with high spatial mode quality can be obtained by adjusting the oscillating wavelength with a tunable filter within the fiber laser cavity. For each of the spatial mode outputs, the laser operates at the corresponding single wavelength with narrow linewidth. Through adding polarization controllers in the laser cavity, output modes with cylindrical vector polarization are also realized.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2013
Published: February 22, 2013

Citation
Biao Sun, Anting Wang, Lixin Xu, Chun Gu, Yong Zhou, Zhongxi Lin, Hai Ming, and Qiwen Zhan, "Transverse mode switchable fiber laser through wavelength tuning," Opt. Lett. 38, 667-669 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-5-667

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