Abstract

A wide bandwidth, single-spacing half-open-cavity multiwavelength Brillouin–Raman fiber laser (MWBRFL) is demonstrated. The laser cavity contains a fiber loop mirror (FLM) with an arc-shaped optical fiber attenuator that is used to control the mirror reflectivity, thereby suppressing gain competition from longitudinal cavity modes. A tuning range of 45 nm with 632 lines at Raman and 1525 nm Brillouin pump powers of 1.2 W and 12 dBm can be achieved using the 10 dB arc-shaped optical fiber attenuator in the cavity. This is in comparison to 433 Stokes lines obtained over a 31 nm tuning range for the half-open MWBRFL cavity without any feedback power optimization. The MWBRFL has low power fluctuations of less than 0.1 dB over a 1 h test period. The inclusion of the arc-shaped optical fiber attenuator in the MWBRFL provides substantial control over the reflectivity of the FLM as well as improving the laser’s tuning range to generate a high number of Brillouin Stokes signals.

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