Abstract

Transition metal dichalcogenides have recently been considered the candidates for saturable absorption materials due to their advantages in both electronic and optoelectronic. Compared with MoS2 and WS2, MoTe2 exhibits smaller bandgap. As a result, MoTe2 owns inherent advantages in the near-infrared applications. In this paper, the MoTe2 saturable absorber (SA) were prepared by the magnetron sputtering deposition method. Owing to the enhanced light-materials interaction between MoTe2 and evanescent field from the microfiber, the modulation depth of the MoTe2 SA was up to 26.97%. By assembling the MoTe2 SA into the erbium-doped fiber laser, the mode-locked fiber laser at 1.5 μm was demonstrated. The pulse duration of 111.9 fs was proved to be the shortest in the fiber lasers based on transition metal dichalcogenides. Moreover, the mode-locked fiber laser maintains the long-term stability. Our results suggest that the proposed MoTe2 SA is promising for the ultrashort pulse generation and stable system operation.

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