Abstract

An all-fiber passively wideband-tunable nanotube Q-switched low threshold erbium doped fiber laser is presented. With a low insertion loss carbon nanotube based saturable absorber, C- and L-band tunable Q-switched lasers are achieved by tuning the transmission wavelength of one C-band tunable filter and the other L-band one, respectively. The threshold of the Q-switched operation is only 12.8mW. The self-mode-locking effect on the Q-switching can be effectively reduced by introducing a spatial hole burning effect with two optical circulators. The tunable wavelength range of the Q-switching laser can be changed by inserting a variable optical attenuator in the laser cavity to tune the gain spectrum.

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Dong, B.

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Hu, J.

Kieu, K.

Liaw, C.-Y.

Liu, W.-K.

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[Crossref]

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Y.-W. Song, S. Yamashita, and S. Maruyama, “Single-walled carbon nanotubes for high-energy optical pulse formation,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 021115 (2008).
[Crossref]

Sun, Z.

F. Wang, A. G. Rozhin, V. Scardaci, Z. Sun, F. Hennrich, I. H. White, W. I. Milne, and A. C. Ferrari, “Wideband-tuneable, nanotube modelocked, fiber laser,” Nature Nanotechnol. 3, 738–742 (2008).
[Crossref]

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K. K. Chow, M. Tsuji, and S. Yamashita, “Single-walled carbon-nanotube-deposited tapered fiber for four-wave mixing based wavelength conversion,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 061104(2010).
[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

Wei, L.

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[Crossref]

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F. Wang, A. G. Rozhin, V. Scardaci, Z. Sun, F. Hennrich, I. H. White, W. I. Milne, and A. C. Ferrari, “Wideband-tuneable, nanotube modelocked, fiber laser,” Nature Nanotechnol. 3, 738–742 (2008).
[Crossref]

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Yamashita, S.

K. K. Chow, M. Tsuji, and S. Yamashita, “Single-walled carbon-nanotube-deposited tapered fiber for four-wave mixing based wavelength conversion,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 061104(2010).
[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

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D.-P. Zhou, L. Wei, B. Dong, and W.-K. Liu, “Tunable passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser with carbon nanotubes as a saturable absorber,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 22, 9–11 (2010).
[Crossref]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

Y.-W. Song, S. Yamashita, and S. Maruyama, “Single-walled carbon nanotubes for high-energy optical pulse formation,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 021115 (2008).
[Crossref]

K. K. Chow, M. Tsuji, and S. Yamashita, “Single-walled carbon-nanotube-deposited tapered fiber for four-wave mixing based wavelength conversion,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 061104(2010).
[Crossref]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

D.-P. Zhou, L. Wei, B. Dong, and W.-K. Liu, “Tunable passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser with carbon nanotubes as a saturable absorber,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 22, 9–11 (2010).
[Crossref]

Nature Nanotechnol. (1)

F. Wang, A. G. Rozhin, V. Scardaci, Z. Sun, F. Hennrich, I. H. White, W. I. Milne, and A. C. Ferrari, “Wideband-tuneable, nanotube modelocked, fiber laser,” Nature Nanotechnol. 3, 738–742 (2008).
[Crossref]

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Opt. Lett. (1)

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Fig. 1

Schematic configuration of the EDFL.

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Typical pulse outputs with (a) a 0.5 nm bandwidth filter and (b) a 2 nm bandwidth filter.

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Laser output spectra at 1570 nm under different pump powers with (a) a 0.5 nm bandwidth filter and (b) a 2 nm bandwidth filter.

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Pulse output power and repetition rate as a function of the pump power at 1570 nm with (a) a 0.5 nm bandwidth filter and (b) a 2 nm bandwidth filter.

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Laser output spectra at different wavelengths under pump power of 35.94 mW .

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Fig. 6

Pulse output power and repetition rate under different wavelengths.

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