Abstract

In this paper, we report on the development of a short-pulse dual-wavelength source consisting of mode-locked diode lasers and a single Yb-doped double-clad fiber amplifier. Two mode-locked external-cavity semiconductor oscillators operating at a repetition rate of 577 MHz with center wavelengths of 1040 nm and 1079 nm are synchronized, producing short pulses that are injected into a Yb-doped polarization-maintaining fiber for amplification. Numerical simulations are used to determine the optimal fiber length and seeding configuration for dual-wavelength amplification in the fiber. Each signal is amplified to an average power of 0.5 W with pulse durations of around 5 ps. Performance issues associated with two-signal amplification in Yb-doped fibers are discussed, as well as perspectives for increasing the wavelength separation of the seed lasers.

© 2009 IEEE

PDF Article

References

  • View by:
  • |
  • |

  1. B. Adhimoolam, M. G. Hekelaar, P. Gross, I. D. Lindsay, K.-J. Boller, "Wavelength-tunable short-pulse diode-laser fiber-amplifier system around 1.06 um," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 838-840 (2006).
  2. A. J. Budz, A. S. Logan, D. Strickland, H. K. Haugen, "Ultrashort pulses from a mode-locked diode-oscillator Yb-fiber-amplifier system," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 94-96 (2007).
  3. P. Dupriez, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs," Opt. Exp. 14, 9611-9616 (2006).
  4. A. J. Budz, H. K. Haugen, "Wavelength and repetition-rate tunable mode-locked semiconductor-seed-source for Yb-fiber-amplifier systems," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1412-1414 (2007).
  5. S. Gee, "Self-stabilization of an actively mode-locked semiconductor-based fiber-ring laser for ultralow jitter," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 498-500 (2007).
  6. J. Limpert, "High-average-power femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplification system," Opt. Lett. 28, 1984-1986 (2003).
  7. L. Goldberg, J. Koplow, D. G. Lancaster, R. F. Curl, F. K. Tittel, "Mid-infrared difference-frequency generation source pumped by a 1.1โ€“1.5-$\mu$m dual-wavelength fiber amplifier for trace-gas detection," Opt. Lett. 23, 1517-1519 (1998).
  8. D. Creeden, "Compact fiber-pumped terahertz source based on difference frequency mixing in ZGP," IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 13, 732-737 (2007).
  9. R. Romero-Alvarez, R. Pettus, Z. Wu, D. Strickland, "Two-color fiber amplifier for short-pulse, midinfrared generation," Opt. Lett. 33, 1065-1067 (2008).
  10. R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. C. Tropper, D. C. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).
  11. Y.-H. Chuang, L. Zheng, D. D. Meyerhofer, "Propagation of light pulses in a chirped-pulse-amplification laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 270-280 (1993).
  12. C. R. Giles, E. Desurvire, "Modeling erbium-doped fiber amplifiers," J. Lightw. Technol. 9, 271-283 (1991).
  13. Y. Wang, H. Po, "Dynamic characteristics of double-clad fiber amplifiers for high-power pulse amplification," J. Lightw. Technol. 21, 2262-2270 (2003).
  14. M. Eichhorn, "Numerical modeling of Tm-doped double-clad fluoride fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 1574-1581 (2005).
  15. E. Desurvire, Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers: Principles and Applications (Wiley, 1994).
  16. S. Arahira, N. Mineo, K. Tachibana, Y. Ogawa, "40 GHz hybrid modelocked laser diode module operated at ultra-low RF power with impedance-matching circuit," Electron. Lett. 39, 287-289 (2003).
  17. P. J. Delfyett, "Hybrid mode-locked diode lasers for synchronous optical network applications," Proc. SPIE 2116, 8-13 (1994).
  18. J. B. Georges, "Stable picosecond pulse generation at 46 GHz by modelocking of a semiconductor laser operating in an optoelectronic phaselocked loop," Electron. Lett. 30, 69-71 (1994).
  19. D. J. Jones, "Ultralow-jitter, 1550-nm mode-locked semiconductor laser synchronized to a visible optical frequency standard," Opt. Lett. 28, 813-815 (2003).
  20. S. Arahira, Y. Ogawa, "480-GHz subharmonic synchronous mode locking in a short-cavity colliding-pulse mode-locked laser diode," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 14, 537-539 (2002).
  21. M. J. Brennan, H. F. Tiedje, H. K. Haugen, "Passively modelocked semiconductor laser synchronization and pulse cross-correlation with Ti:sapphire laser," Electron. Lett. 38, 713-714 (2002).
  22. F. Bugge, "Effect of growth conditions and strain compensation on indium incorporation for diode lasers emitting above 1050 nm," J. Cryst. Growth 221, 496-502 (2000).

2008 (1)

2007 (4)

A. J. Budz, H. K. Haugen, "Wavelength and repetition-rate tunable mode-locked semiconductor-seed-source for Yb-fiber-amplifier systems," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1412-1414 (2007).

S. Gee, "Self-stabilization of an actively mode-locked semiconductor-based fiber-ring laser for ultralow jitter," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 498-500 (2007).

A. J. Budz, A. S. Logan, D. Strickland, H. K. Haugen, "Ultrashort pulses from a mode-locked diode-oscillator Yb-fiber-amplifier system," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 94-96 (2007).

D. Creeden, "Compact fiber-pumped terahertz source based on difference frequency mixing in ZGP," IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 13, 732-737 (2007).

2006 (2)

B. Adhimoolam, M. G. Hekelaar, P. Gross, I. D. Lindsay, K.-J. Boller, "Wavelength-tunable short-pulse diode-laser fiber-amplifier system around 1.06 um," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 838-840 (2006).

P. Dupriez, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs," Opt. Exp. 14, 9611-9616 (2006).

2005 (1)

M. Eichhorn, "Numerical modeling of Tm-doped double-clad fluoride fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 1574-1581 (2005).

2003 (4)

S. Arahira, N. Mineo, K. Tachibana, Y. Ogawa, "40 GHz hybrid modelocked laser diode module operated at ultra-low RF power with impedance-matching circuit," Electron. Lett. 39, 287-289 (2003).

J. Limpert, "High-average-power femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplification system," Opt. Lett. 28, 1984-1986 (2003).

D. J. Jones, "Ultralow-jitter, 1550-nm mode-locked semiconductor laser synchronized to a visible optical frequency standard," Opt. Lett. 28, 813-815 (2003).

Y. Wang, H. Po, "Dynamic characteristics of double-clad fiber amplifiers for high-power pulse amplification," J. Lightw. Technol. 21, 2262-2270 (2003).

2002 (2)

S. Arahira, Y. Ogawa, "480-GHz subharmonic synchronous mode locking in a short-cavity colliding-pulse mode-locked laser diode," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 14, 537-539 (2002).

M. J. Brennan, H. F. Tiedje, H. K. Haugen, "Passively modelocked semiconductor laser synchronization and pulse cross-correlation with Ti:sapphire laser," Electron. Lett. 38, 713-714 (2002).

2000 (1)

F. Bugge, "Effect of growth conditions and strain compensation on indium incorporation for diode lasers emitting above 1050 nm," J. Cryst. Growth 221, 496-502 (2000).

1998 (1)

1997 (1)

R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. C. Tropper, D. C. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).

1994 (2)

P. J. Delfyett, "Hybrid mode-locked diode lasers for synchronous optical network applications," Proc. SPIE 2116, 8-13 (1994).

J. B. Georges, "Stable picosecond pulse generation at 46 GHz by modelocking of a semiconductor laser operating in an optoelectronic phaselocked loop," Electron. Lett. 30, 69-71 (1994).

1993 (1)

Y.-H. Chuang, L. Zheng, D. D. Meyerhofer, "Propagation of light pulses in a chirped-pulse-amplification laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 270-280 (1993).

1991 (1)

C. R. Giles, E. Desurvire, "Modeling erbium-doped fiber amplifiers," J. Lightw. Technol. 9, 271-283 (1991).

Electron. Lett. (3)

S. Arahira, N. Mineo, K. Tachibana, Y. Ogawa, "40 GHz hybrid modelocked laser diode module operated at ultra-low RF power with impedance-matching circuit," Electron. Lett. 39, 287-289 (2003).

J. B. Georges, "Stable picosecond pulse generation at 46 GHz by modelocking of a semiconductor laser operating in an optoelectronic phaselocked loop," Electron. Lett. 30, 69-71 (1994).

M. J. Brennan, H. F. Tiedje, H. K. Haugen, "Passively modelocked semiconductor laser synchronization and pulse cross-correlation with Ti:sapphire laser," Electron. Lett. 38, 713-714 (2002).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

M. Eichhorn, "Numerical modeling of Tm-doped double-clad fluoride fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 41, 1574-1581 (2005).

R. Paschotta, J. Nilsson, A. C. Tropper, D. C. Hanna, "Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1049-1056 (1997).

Y.-H. Chuang, L. Zheng, D. D. Meyerhofer, "Propagation of light pulses in a chirped-pulse-amplification laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 270-280 (1993).

IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. (1)

D. Creeden, "Compact fiber-pumped terahertz source based on difference frequency mixing in ZGP," IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 13, 732-737 (2007).

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (5)

B. Adhimoolam, M. G. Hekelaar, P. Gross, I. D. Lindsay, K.-J. Boller, "Wavelength-tunable short-pulse diode-laser fiber-amplifier system around 1.06 um," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 838-840 (2006).

A. J. Budz, A. S. Logan, D. Strickland, H. K. Haugen, "Ultrashort pulses from a mode-locked diode-oscillator Yb-fiber-amplifier system," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 94-96 (2007).

A. J. Budz, H. K. Haugen, "Wavelength and repetition-rate tunable mode-locked semiconductor-seed-source for Yb-fiber-amplifier systems," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 1412-1414 (2007).

S. Gee, "Self-stabilization of an actively mode-locked semiconductor-based fiber-ring laser for ultralow jitter," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 498-500 (2007).

S. Arahira, Y. Ogawa, "480-GHz subharmonic synchronous mode locking in a short-cavity colliding-pulse mode-locked laser diode," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 14, 537-539 (2002).

J. Cryst. Growth (1)

F. Bugge, "Effect of growth conditions and strain compensation on indium incorporation for diode lasers emitting above 1050 nm," J. Cryst. Growth 221, 496-502 (2000).

J. Lightw. Technol. (2)

C. R. Giles, E. Desurvire, "Modeling erbium-doped fiber amplifiers," J. Lightw. Technol. 9, 271-283 (1991).

Y. Wang, H. Po, "Dynamic characteristics of double-clad fiber amplifiers for high-power pulse amplification," J. Lightw. Technol. 21, 2262-2270 (2003).

Opt. Exp. (1)

P. Dupriez, "High-power, high repetition rate picosecond and femtosecond sources based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of VECSELs," Opt. Exp. 14, 9611-9616 (2006).

Opt. Lett. (4)

Proc. SPIE (1)

P. J. Delfyett, "Hybrid mode-locked diode lasers for synchronous optical network applications," Proc. SPIE 2116, 8-13 (1994).

Other (1)

E. Desurvire, Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers: Principles and Applications (Wiley, 1994).

Cited By

OSA participates in Crossref's Cited-By Linking service. Citing articles from OSA journals and other participating publishers are listed here.