Abstract

A stable and wavelength-tunable S-band erbium-doped fiber (EDF) ring laser with single-longitudinal-mode oscillation over the operating range of 1480.6 to 1522.9 nm is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The proposed ring laser provides a fine mode restriction and guarantees the single-frequency operation based on a shorter length EDF serving as auto-tracking filter. Therefore, the performances of output power of > 10 dBm, power stability of < 0.05 dB, central wavelength variation of < 0.01 nm, and side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) of > 49.1 dB have been experimentally demonstrated in the operating range of 1488.7 to 1505.7 nm.

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2003 (1)

C. H. Yeh, C. C. Lee, and S. Chi, “A tunable S-band erbium-doped fiber ring laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 1053–1054 (2003).
[Crossref]

1998 (1)

1996 (1)

J. Zhang, C. Y. Yue, G. W. Schinn, W. R. L. Clements, and J. W. Y. Lit, “Stable single-mode compound-ring erbium-doped fiber laser,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 104–109 (1996).
[Crossref]

1995 (1)

1993 (1)

K. J. Vahala, P. Namkyoo, J. Dawson, and S. Sanders, “Tunable single-frequency erbium fiber ring laser,” in IEEE LEOS’93 Conf. Proc., pp. 708–709 (1993)

Chen, Y. K.

Cheng, Y.

Chi, S.

C. H. Yeh, C. C. Lee, and S. Chi, “A tunable S-band erbium-doped fiber ring laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 1053–1054 (2003).
[Crossref]

Clements, W. R. L.

J. Zhang, C. Y. Yue, G. W. Schinn, W. R. L. Clements, and J. W. Y. Lit, “Stable single-mode compound-ring erbium-doped fiber laser,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 104–109 (1996).
[Crossref]

Dawson, J.

K. J. Vahala, P. Namkyoo, J. Dawson, and S. Sanders, “Tunable single-frequency erbium fiber ring laser,” in IEEE LEOS’93 Conf. Proc., pp. 708–709 (1993)

Kringlebotn, J. T.

Lee, C. C.

Liaw, S. K.

Lit, J. W. Y.

J. Zhang, C. Y. Yue, G. W. Schinn, W. R. L. Clements, and J. W. Y. Lit, “Stable single-mode compound-ring erbium-doped fiber laser,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 104–109 (1996).
[Crossref]

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K. J. Vahala, P. Namkyoo, J. Dawson, and S. Sanders, “Tunable single-frequency erbium fiber ring laser,” in IEEE LEOS’93 Conf. Proc., pp. 708–709 (1993)

Payne, D. N.

Sanders, S.

K. J. Vahala, P. Namkyoo, J. Dawson, and S. Sanders, “Tunable single-frequency erbium fiber ring laser,” in IEEE LEOS’93 Conf. Proc., pp. 708–709 (1993)

Schinn, G. W.

J. Zhang, C. Y. Yue, G. W. Schinn, W. R. L. Clements, and J. W. Y. Lit, “Stable single-mode compound-ring erbium-doped fiber laser,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 104–109 (1996).
[Crossref]

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K. J. Vahala, P. Namkyoo, J. Dawson, and S. Sanders, “Tunable single-frequency erbium fiber ring laser,” in IEEE LEOS’93 Conf. Proc., pp. 708–709 (1993)

Yeh, C. H.

C. H. Yeh, C. C. Lee, and S. Chi, “A tunable S-band erbium-doped fiber ring laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 1053–1054 (2003).
[Crossref]

Yue, C. Y.

J. Zhang, C. Y. Yue, G. W. Schinn, W. R. L. Clements, and J. W. Y. Lit, “Stable single-mode compound-ring erbium-doped fiber laser,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 104–109 (1996).
[Crossref]

Zhang, J.

J. Zhang, C. Y. Yue, G. W. Schinn, W. R. L. Clements, and J. W. Y. Lit, “Stable single-mode compound-ring erbium-doped fiber laser,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 104–109 (1996).
[Crossref]

IEEE LEOS’93 Conf. Proc. (1)

K. J. Vahala, P. Namkyoo, J. Dawson, and S. Sanders, “Tunable single-frequency erbium fiber ring laser,” in IEEE LEOS’93 Conf. Proc., pp. 708–709 (1993)

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

C. H. Yeh, C. C. Lee, and S. Chi, “A tunable S-band erbium-doped fiber ring laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 1053–1054 (2003).
[Crossref]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

J. Zhang, C. Y. Yue, G. W. Schinn, W. R. L. Clements, and J. W. Y. Lit, “Stable single-mode compound-ring erbium-doped fiber laser,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 104–109 (1996).
[Crossref]

Opt. Lett. (2)

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Experimental setup of the proposed single-frequency S-band EDF ring laser.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Output wavelength spectra of the proposed S-band fiber laser over the operation range of 1480.6 to 1522.9 nm. And the insert of Fig. 2 is the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) spectrum of an original S-band EDFA.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Output power and SMSR of this proposed fiber laser with 1-m-long unpumped EDF at optical wavelengths ranging from 1480.6 to 1522.9 nm

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

The self-homodyne spectra of the fiber laser with conventional structure (without saturable-absorber) and the stabilized fiber laser (with saturable-absorber) with 1-m-long unpumped EDF at 1498.8 nm.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Wavelength variation and the power fluctuation of the stabilized S-band fiber ring laser while the lasing wavelength is 1498.8 nm initially and the observing time is over 900 s.

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