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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: 614–617

High-power thulium fiber laser Q switched with single-layer graphene

Yulong Tang, Xuechao Yu, Xiaohui Li, Zhiyu Yan, and Qi Jie Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 614-617 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.000614


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Abstract

We report high-power 2 μm Tm3+ fiber lasers passively Q switched by double-piece single-layer graphene transferred onto a glass plate. Through manipulating intracavity laser beam size and increasing pump ratios, an average power of 5.2 W is directly achieved from the laser oscillator with an optical-to-optical slope efficiency of 26%. The laser pulse energy can be as high as 18μJ, comparable to that from actively Q-switched fiber lasers. The narrowest pulse width is 320 ns, and the pulse repetition rate can be tuned from tens of kilohertz to 280 kHz by changing the pump power. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average power and pulse energy, as well as the narrowest pulse width, from graphene-based Q-switched 2 μm fiber lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 23, 2013
Published: January 28, 2014

Citation
Yulong Tang, Xuechao Yu, Xiaohui Li, Zhiyu Yan, and Qi Jie Wang, "High-power thulium fiber laser Q switched with single-layer graphene," Opt. Lett. 39, 614-617 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-3-614

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