Abstract

Ultrafast fiber lasers with a wide spectral range have huge demands for many applications. In this article, magnetron sputtering deposition (MSD) technique was utilized to prepare a new broadband microfiber based Sb thin film saturable absorber (SA), and ultrafast pulses in both 1.5 and 2 μm wavebands were generated with the integrated microfiber-based Sb thin film SA in erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) and thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL), respectively. Pulse duration of 544 fs/972 fs and output power of 21.76 mW/36.1 mW centered at 1557 nm/1892 nm were respectively produced from stable mode-locked EDFL and TDFL. To the best our knowledge, this is the first time that ultrafast fiber lasers including both 1.5 μm and 2 μm wavebands were mode locked by a single microfiber-based Sb thin film SA.

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