Abstract

We report a widely tunable single-frequency linear-cavity erbium-doped fiber laser covering both the conventional wavelength band (C-band) and the long wavelength band (L-band). The laser has low threshold, high slope efficiency and high signal-to-noise radio. A large tuning range of over 100 nm is realized by optimization of the active fiber length.

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    [CrossRef]

Electron. Lett.

P. L. Scrivener, E. J. Tarbox, and P. D. Maton, �??Narrow linewidth tunable operation of Er3+-doped singlemode fiber laser,�?? Electron. Lett. 25, 549-550 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. L. Zyskind, J. W. Sulhoff, J. Stone, D. J. Digiovanni, L. W. Stulz, H. M. Presby, A. Piccirilli, P. E. Pramayon, �??Electrically tunable, diode-pumped Erbium-doped fiber ring laser with fiber Fabry-Perot etalon,�?? Electron. Lett. 27, 1950-1951 (1991).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron.

S. Yamashita, and M. Nishihara, �??Widely tunable erbium-doped fiber ring laser covering both C-band and L-band,�?? IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron. 7, 41-43 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. Bellemare, M. Karasek, C. Riviere, F. Babin, G. He, V. Roy, and G. W. Schinn, �??A broadly tunable Erbium-doped fiber ring laser: experimentation and modeling,�?? IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electron. 7, 22-29 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.

Th. Pfeiffer, H. Schmuck, and H. Bülow, �??Output power characteristics of Erbium-doped fiber ring laser,�?? IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 847-849 (1992).
[CrossRef]

M. Mignon, E. Desurvire, �??An analytical model for the determination of optimal output reflectivity and fiber length in Erbium-doped fiber lasers,�?? IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 850-852 (1992).
[CrossRef]

E. Delevaque, T. Georges, M. Monerie, P. Lamouler, and J.-F. Bayon, �??Modeling of pair-induced quenching in erbium-doped silicate fibers,�?? IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 5, 73-5 (1993).
[CrossRef]

B.-H. Choi, H.-H. Park, M. Chu, and S. K. Kim, �??High-gain coefficient long-wavelength-band erbiumdoped fiber amplifier using 1530-nm band pump,�?? IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 13, 109-111 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol.

P. Myslinski, D. Nguyen, and J. Chrostowski, �??Effects of concentration on the performance of erbiumdoped fiber amplifiers,�?? J. Lightwave Technol. 15, 112-120 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave. Technol.

Y. T. Chieng, G. J. Cowle, and R. A. Minasian, �??Optimization of wavelength tuning of Erbium-doped fiber ring lasers,�?? J. Lightwave. Technol. 14, 1730-1739 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

X. Dong, N. Q. Ngo, P. Shum, B.-O. Guan, H.-Y Tam, X. Dong, �??Concentration-induced nonuniform power in tunable erbium-doped fiber laser,�?? to be published.

A. Bellemare, J.-F. Lemieux, M. Têtu, and S. LaRochelle, �??Erbium-doped fiber ring lasers step-tunable to exact multiples of 100 GHz (ITU-grid) using periodic filters,�?? ECOC�??98, 153-154 (1998).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram of the proposed laser configuration.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Laser power against emission wavelength for different EDF lengths.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Laser power against emission wavelength for different output coupling ratios.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Laser power against pump power at 1580 nm for different output coupling radios.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Tunable laser spectrum over 105 nm wavelength range.

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