Abstract

We propose and experimentally demonstrate a continuous wave (CW) tunable-wavelength fiber laser using self-seeding Fabry-Perot laser diode (FP-LD) without optical amplifier inside gain cavity. By employing a tunable bandpass filter (TBF) and a fiber reflected mirror (FRM) within a gain cavity, the fiber laser can lase a single-longitudinal wavelength due to the self-seeding operation. The proposed tunable wavelength laser has a good performance of the output power (>-15 dBm) and optical side-mode suppression ratio (>40 dB) in the wavelength tuning range of 1533.75 to 1560.95 nm. In addition, the output stabilities of the fiber laser are also investigated.

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  1. C. R. Davidson, C. J. Chen, M. Nissov, A. PilipetskII, N. Ramanujam, H. D. Kidorf, B. Pedersen, M. A. Mills, C. Lin, M. I. Hayee, J. X. Cai, A. B. Puc, P. C. Corbett, R. Menges, H. Li, A. Elyamani, C. Rivers and N. S. Bergano, "1800 Gb/s transmission of one hundred and eighty 10Gb/s WDM channels' over 7000 km using the full EDFA C-band," in Optical Fiber Communication Conf., (2000), vol. 37, pp. 242-244.
  2. P. C. Reeves-Hall and J. R. Taylor, "Wavelength-tunable CW Raman fiber ring laser operating at 1486-1511 nm," Electron. Lett. 37, 491-492 (2001).
    [CrossRef]
  3. S. W. Harun, X. S. Cheng, N. K. Saat and H. Ahmad, "S-band Brillouin erbium fibre laser," Electron. Lett. 41, 174-175 (2005).
    [CrossRef]
  4. J. M. Oh and D. Lee, "Strong optical bistability in a simple L-band tunable erbium-doped fiber ring laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 374-377 (2004).
    [CrossRef]
  5. C. H. Yeh, C. C. Lee, C. Y. Chen and S. Chi, "A Stabilized and Tunable Erbium-Doped Fiber Ring Laser with Double Optical Filter," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 765-767 (2004).
    [CrossRef]

2005 (1)

S. W. Harun, X. S. Cheng, N. K. Saat and H. Ahmad, "S-band Brillouin erbium fibre laser," Electron. Lett. 41, 174-175 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

J. M. Oh and D. Lee, "Strong optical bistability in a simple L-band tunable erbium-doped fiber ring laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 374-377 (2004).
[CrossRef]

C. H. Yeh, C. C. Lee, C. Y. Chen and S. Chi, "A Stabilized and Tunable Erbium-Doped Fiber Ring Laser with Double Optical Filter," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 765-767 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

P. C. Reeves-Hall and J. R. Taylor, "Wavelength-tunable CW Raman fiber ring laser operating at 1486-1511 nm," Electron. Lett. 37, 491-492 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (2)

P. C. Reeves-Hall and J. R. Taylor, "Wavelength-tunable CW Raman fiber ring laser operating at 1486-1511 nm," Electron. Lett. 37, 491-492 (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. W. Harun, X. S. Cheng, N. K. Saat and H. Ahmad, "S-band Brillouin erbium fibre laser," Electron. Lett. 41, 174-175 (2005).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

J. M. Oh and D. Lee, "Strong optical bistability in a simple L-band tunable erbium-doped fiber ring laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 40, 374-377 (2004).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

C. H. Yeh, C. C. Lee, C. Y. Chen and S. Chi, "A Stabilized and Tunable Erbium-Doped Fiber Ring Laser with Double Optical Filter," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 765-767 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

C. R. Davidson, C. J. Chen, M. Nissov, A. PilipetskII, N. Ramanujam, H. D. Kidorf, B. Pedersen, M. A. Mills, C. Lin, M. I. Hayee, J. X. Cai, A. B. Puc, P. C. Corbett, R. Menges, H. Li, A. Elyamani, C. Rivers and N. S. Bergano, "1800 Gb/s transmission of one hundred and eighty 10Gb/s WDM channels' over 7000 km using the full EDFA C-band," in Optical Fiber Communication Conf., (2000), vol. 37, pp. 242-244.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

A simple scheme for the CW tunable-wavelength fiber laser.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a). Original output spectrum of multi-mode FP-LD without self-seeding when the bias current and temperature are 25 mA and 25 °C, respectively. (b) When the proposed self-seeding FP-LD is used, the single-longitudinal-mode wavelength output is observed while the TBF is set at 1547.2 nm.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Output wavelength spectra of the proposed laser in the tuning range of 1533.75 to 1560.95 nm with tuning step of ~1.38 nm.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Output power and SMSR versus the different lasing wavelength with ~1.38 nm tuning step.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Lasing wavelength is 1552.65 nm initially and the observing time is over 30 minutes for stability measurement.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

(a). Output power, (b) SMSR and (c) lasing wavelength versus different bias current of FP-LD (12 to 30 mA) in the proposed wavelength-tunable laser.

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