Abstract

A wavelength tunable stretched-pulse mode-locked all-fiber ring laser using single polarization fiber (SPF) was demonstrated. In this laser, a segment of SPF was used simultaneously as a polarizer and a tunable filter in the laser cavity. Self-starting mode-locking with femtosecond output pulses was demonstrated. A wavelength tuning of ~20nm was achieved by bending the SPF with different radii.

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D. J. Jones, L. E. Nelson, H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, "Diode-pumped enviromentally stable streched-pulse fiber laser," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3,1076-1079 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

1993 (1)

1992 (1)

M. Hofer, M. H. Ober, F. Haberl, and M. E. Fermann, "Characterization of ultrashort pulse formation in passively mode-locked fiber lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28,720-728 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Berkey, G.E.

Chen, X.

Fermann, M. E.

M. Hofer, M. H. Ober, F. Haberl, and M. E. Fermann, "Characterization of ultrashort pulse formation in passively mode-locked fiber lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28,720-728 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Fleischer, S. B.

Haberl, F.

M. Hofer, M. H. Ober, F. Haberl, and M. E. Fermann, "Characterization of ultrashort pulse formation in passively mode-locked fiber lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28,720-728 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Haus, H. A.

D. J. Jones, L. E. Nelson, H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, "Diode-pumped enviromentally stable streched-pulse fiber laser," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3,1076-1079 (1997).
[CrossRef]

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, H. A. Haus, and L. E. Nelson, "77-fs pulse generation from a stretched-pulse mod-locked all-optical ring laser," Opt. Lett. 18,1080-1082 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hofer, M.

M. Hofer, M. H. Ober, F. Haberl, and M. E. Fermann, "Characterization of ultrashort pulse formation in passively mode-locked fiber lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28,720-728 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

Jones, D. J.

D. J. Jones, L. E. Nelson, H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, "Diode-pumped enviromentally stable streched-pulse fiber laser," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3,1076-1079 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lenz, G.

Li, M.-J.

Lim, H.

Nelson, L. E.

Nolan, D. A.

Ober, M. H.

M. Hofer, M. H. Ober, F. Haberl, and M. E. Fermann, "Characterization of ultrashort pulse formation in passively mode-locked fiber lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28,720-728 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Tamura, K.

Wise, F. W.

Wood, W.A.

Zenteno, L.A.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

M. Hofer, M. H. Ober, F. Haberl, and M. E. Fermann, "Characterization of ultrashort pulse formation in passively mode-locked fiber lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28,720-728 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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

D. J. Jones, L. E. Nelson, H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, "Diode-pumped enviromentally stable streched-pulse fiber laser," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3,1076-1079 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

I. Hartl, G. Imeshev, L. Dong, G. C. Cho, and M. E. Fermann, "Ultra-compact dispersion compensated femtosecond fiber oscillators and amplifiers," in Proc. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science and Photonic Applications, Systems and Technologies 2005 (Optical Society of America, Washington, DC, 2005), CThG1.

S. Li and D. V. Kuksenkov, "Stretched-pulse mode-locked all-fiber erbium ring laser with low-nonlinear negative dispersion singlemode fiber," in Fiber Lasers II: Technology, Systems, and Applications; L. N. Durvasula, A. J. Brown, J. Nilsson, eds., Proc. SPIE 5709, 18-22 (2005).

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the stretched-pulse mode-locked Er-doped all-fiber laser with SPF. PC: polarization controller. WDM: wavelength division multiplexer. R: bending radius of the SPF

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Transmission spectra of the two linear polarization modes for the 20cm SPF. Curves (a) and (b) are for the SPF bent with radii 11.5cm and 5.5cm.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

PDL versus wavelength for the 20 cm SPF with a bending radius of 6cm.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Output spectra of the laser for the four different bending radii (R) of the SPF.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Autocorrelation trace of the output pulses for the four different bending radii (R) of the SPF.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Calculated dispersion of the single polarization fiber as a function of wavelength.

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