Abstract

A simple system that simultaneously supports active mode-locking and self-seeding schemes for wavelength-tunable optical short-pulse generation is proposed. The system consists of a gain-switched Fabry–Perot laser diode, an erbium-doped fiber amplifier, a tunable optical filter, and two circulators. The mode-locked optical pulses exhibit good stability, a high side-mode suppression ratio of more than 31  dB over a wide wavelength tuning range of 42  nm, and a pulse width of around 35  ps at a repetition frequency of 2.8  GHz.

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