Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a simple compact, inexpensive, SOA-based, dual-wavelength tunable fiber laser, that can potentially be used for photoconductive mixing and generation of waves in the microwave and THz regions. A C-band semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is placed inside a linear cavity with two Sagnac loop mirrors at its either ends, which act as both reflectors and output ports. The selectivity of dual wavelengths and the tunability of the wavelength difference (Δλ) between them is accomplished by placing a narrow bandwidth (e.g., 0.3 nm) tunable thin film-based filter and a fiber Bragg grating (with bandwidth 0.28 nm) inside the loop mirror that operates as the output port. A total output power of + 6.9 dBm for the two wavelengths is measured and the potential for higher output powers is discussed. Optical power and wavelength stability are measured at 0.33 dB and 0.014 nm, respectively.

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2011

2009

2008

2007

J. Sun, X. Yuan, X. Zhang, and D. Huang, “Single-longitudinal-mode dual-wavelength fiber ring laser by incorporating variable saturable absorbers and feedback fiber loops,” Opt. Commun.273(1), 231–237 (2007).
[CrossRef]

V. Baby, L. R. Chen, S. Doucet, and S. LaRochelle, “Continuous-wave operation of semiconductor optical amplifier-based multiwavelength tunable fiber lasers with 25-GHz spacing,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.13(3), 764–769 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006

J. Sun, X. Yuan, X. Zhang, and D. Huang, “Single-longitudinal-mode fiber ring laser using fiber grating based Fabry-Perot filters and variable saturable absorbers,” Opt. Commun.267(1), 177–181 (2006).
[CrossRef]

I. Yoon, Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Tunable Multiwavelength Fiber Laser Employing a Comb Filter Based on a Polarization-Diversity Loop Configuration,” J. Lightwave Technol.24(4), 1805–1811 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. Yao, X. Chen, and S. Xie, “Dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser with a simple linear cavity and its application in microwave generation,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.18(1), 187–189 (2006).
[CrossRef]

X. Chen, Z. Deng, and J. Yao, “Photonic Generation of Microwave Signal using a Dual wavelength Single-Longitudinal Mode fiber Ring laser,” IEEE Trans. Micro. Theory Tech.54(2), 804–809 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005

X. Chen, J. Yao, and Z. Deng, “Ultranarrow dual-transmission-band fiber Bragg grating filter and its application in a dual-wavelength single-longitudinal-mode fiber ring laser,” Opt. Lett.30(16), 2068–2070 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y.-G. Han, G. Kim, J. H. Lee, S. H. Kim, and S. B. Lee, “Lasing wavelength and spacing switchable multiwavelength fiber laser from 1510 to 1620 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.17(5), 989–991 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004

C. Zhao, X. Yang, J. H. Ng, X. Dong, X. Guo, X. Wang, X. Zhou, and C. Lu, “Switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber-ring lasers using a fiber Bragg grating in high-birefringence fiber,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett.41(1), 73–75 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Liu, J. P. Yao, J. Yao, and T. H. Yeap, “Single-longitudinal-mode multiwavelength fiber ring laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(4), 1020–1022 (2004).
[CrossRef]

D. S. Moon, U.-C. Paek, and Y. Chung, “Multi-wavelength lasing oscillations in an Erbium-doped fiber laser using few-mode fiber Bragg grating,” Opt. Express12(25), 6147–6152 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003

P. C. Peng, H.-Y. Tseng, and S. Chi, “A tunable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber ring laser using a self-seeded fabrycprot laser diode,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.15(5), 661–663 (2003).
[CrossRef]

C.-S. Kim, R. M. Sova, and J. U. Kang, “Tunable multi-wavelength all fiber Raman source using fiber Sagnac loop filter,” Opt. Commun.218(4-6), 291–295 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2001

1999

N. J. C. Libatique and R. K. Jain, “Precisely and rapidly wavelength-switchable narrow-linewidth 1.5μm laser source for wavelength division multiplexing applications,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.11(12), 1584–1586 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1996

J. Chow, G. Town, B. Eggleton, M. Ibsen, K. Sugden, and I. Bennion, “Multiwavelength generation in an erbium-doped fiber laser using in-fiber comb filters,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.8(1), 60–62 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995

1992

H. Okamura and K. Iwatsuki, “Simultaneous oscillation of wavelength tunable, singlemode lasers using an Er doped fiber amplifier,” Electron. Lett.28(5), 461–463 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991

Ahmad, H.

Baby, V.

V. Baby, L. R. Chen, S. Doucet, and S. LaRochelle, “Continuous-wave operation of semiconductor optical amplifier-based multiwavelength tunable fiber lasers with 25-GHz spacing,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.13(3), 764–769 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bennion, I.

J. Chow, G. Town, B. Eggleton, M. Ibsen, K. Sugden, and I. Bennion, “Multiwavelength generation in an erbium-doped fiber laser using in-fiber comb filters,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.8(1), 60–62 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Biglary, M.

Calvez, S.

Cao, H.

Chen, G.

Chen, L. R.

V. Baby, L. R. Chen, S. Doucet, and S. LaRochelle, “Continuous-wave operation of semiconductor optical amplifier-based multiwavelength tunable fiber lasers with 25-GHz spacing,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.13(3), 764–769 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chen, X.

Y. Yao, X. Chen, and S. Xie, “Dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser with a simple linear cavity and its application in microwave generation,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.18(1), 187–189 (2006).
[CrossRef]

X. Chen, Z. Deng, and J. Yao, “Photonic Generation of Microwave Signal using a Dual wavelength Single-Longitudinal Mode fiber Ring laser,” IEEE Trans. Micro. Theory Tech.54(2), 804–809 (2006).
[CrossRef]

X. Chen, J. Yao, and Z. Deng, “Ultranarrow dual-transmission-band fiber Bragg grating filter and its application in a dual-wavelength single-longitudinal-mode fiber ring laser,” Opt. Lett.30(16), 2068–2070 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cheng, X. P.

X. P. Cheng, P. Shum, C. H. Tse, J. L. Zhou, M. Tang, W. C. Tan, R. F. Wu, J. Zhang, R. F. Wu, and J. Zhang, “Single-longitudinal-mode erbium-doped fiber ring laser based on high finesse fiber Bragg grating Fabry- Perot Etalon,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.20(12), 976–978 (2008).

Cheng, Y.

Chi, S.

P. C. Peng, H.-Y. Tseng, and S. Chi, “A tunable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber ring laser using a self-seeded fabrycprot laser diode,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.15(5), 661–663 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Chow, J.

J. Chow, G. Town, B. Eggleton, M. Ibsen, K. Sugden, and I. Bennion, “Multiwavelength generation in an erbium-doped fiber laser using in-fiber comb filters,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.8(1), 60–62 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Chung, Y.

Deng, Z.

X. Chen, Z. Deng, and J. Yao, “Photonic Generation of Microwave Signal using a Dual wavelength Single-Longitudinal Mode fiber Ring laser,” IEEE Trans. Micro. Theory Tech.54(2), 804–809 (2006).
[CrossRef]

X. Chen, J. Yao, and Z. Deng, “Ultranarrow dual-transmission-band fiber Bragg grating filter and its application in a dual-wavelength single-longitudinal-mode fiber ring laser,” Opt. Lett.30(16), 2068–2070 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dong, X.

C. Zhao, X. Yang, J. H. Ng, X. Dong, X. Guo, X. Wang, X. Zhou, and C. Lu, “Switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber-ring lasers using a fiber Bragg grating in high-birefringence fiber,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett.41(1), 73–75 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Dorsinville, R.

Doucet, S.

V. Baby, L. R. Chen, S. Doucet, and S. LaRochelle, “Continuous-wave operation of semiconductor optical amplifier-based multiwavelength tunable fiber lasers with 25-GHz spacing,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.13(3), 764–769 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Eggleton, B.

J. Chow, G. Town, B. Eggleton, M. Ibsen, K. Sugden, and I. Bennion, “Multiwavelength generation in an erbium-doped fiber laser using in-fiber comb filters,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.8(1), 60–62 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Ezekiel, S.

Feng, S.

Goedgebuer, J.-P.

Guo, X.

C. Zhao, X. Yang, J. H. Ng, X. Dong, X. Guo, X. Wang, X. Zhou, and C. Lu, “Switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber-ring lasers using a fiber Bragg grating in high-birefringence fiber,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett.41(1), 73–75 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Han, Y.-G.

Y.-G. Han, G. Kim, J. H. Lee, S. H. Kim, and S. B. Lee, “Lasing wavelength and spacing switchable multiwavelength fiber laser from 1510 to 1620 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.17(5), 989–991 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Harun, S. W.

Huang, D.

G. Chen, D. Huang, X. Zhang, and H. Cao, “Photonic generation of a microwave signal by incorporating a delay interferometer and a saturable absorber,” Opt. Lett.33(6), 554–556 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Sun, X. Yuan, X. Zhang, and D. Huang, “Single-longitudinal-mode dual-wavelength fiber ring laser by incorporating variable saturable absorbers and feedback fiber loops,” Opt. Commun.273(1), 231–237 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Sun, X. Yuan, X. Zhang, and D. Huang, “Single-longitudinal-mode fiber ring laser using fiber grating based Fabry-Perot filters and variable saturable absorbers,” Opt. Commun.267(1), 177–181 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Ibsen, M.

J. Chow, G. Town, B. Eggleton, M. Ibsen, K. Sugden, and I. Bennion, “Multiwavelength generation in an erbium-doped fiber laser using in-fiber comb filters,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.8(1), 60–62 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Iwatsuki, K.

H. Okamura and K. Iwatsuki, “Simultaneous oscillation of wavelength tunable, singlemode lasers using an Er doped fiber amplifier,” Electron. Lett.28(5), 461–463 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Jain, R. K.

N. J. C. Libatique and R. K. Jain, “Precisely and rapidly wavelength-switchable narrow-linewidth 1.5μm laser source for wavelength division multiplexing applications,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.11(12), 1584–1586 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Jian, S.

Joyo, A.

Jung, J.

I. Yoon, Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Tunable Multiwavelength Fiber Laser Employing a Comb Filter Based on a Polarization-Diversity Loop Configuration,” J. Lightwave Technol.24(4), 1805–1811 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kang, J. U.

C.-S. Kim, R. M. Sova, and J. U. Kang, “Tunable multi-wavelength all fiber Raman source using fiber Sagnac loop filter,” Opt. Commun.218(4-6), 291–295 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kim, C.-S.

C.-S. Kim, R. M. Sova, and J. U. Kang, “Tunable multi-wavelength all fiber Raman source using fiber Sagnac loop filter,” Opt. Commun.218(4-6), 291–295 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kim, G.

Y.-G. Han, G. Kim, J. H. Lee, S. H. Kim, and S. B. Lee, “Lasing wavelength and spacing switchable multiwavelength fiber laser from 1510 to 1620 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.17(5), 989–991 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kim, S. H.

Y.-G. Han, G. Kim, J. H. Lee, S. H. Kim, and S. B. Lee, “Lasing wavelength and spacing switchable multiwavelength fiber laser from 1510 to 1620 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.17(5), 989–991 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kishi, N.

M. Matsuura and N. Kishi, “Frequency Control Characteristics of a Single-Frequency Fiber Laser with an External Light Injection” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.7(1), 55–58 (2001).

Kouar, M.

Kringlebotn, J. T.

Lama, P.

Laming, R. I.

LaRochelle, S.

V. Baby, L. R. Chen, S. Doucet, and S. LaRochelle, “Continuous-wave operation of semiconductor optical amplifier-based multiwavelength tunable fiber lasers with 25-GHz spacing,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.13(3), 764–769 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Lee, B.

I. Yoon, Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Tunable Multiwavelength Fiber Laser Employing a Comb Filter Based on a Polarization-Diversity Loop Configuration,” J. Lightwave Technol.24(4), 1805–1811 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Lee, J. H.

Y.-G. Han, G. Kim, J. H. Lee, S. H. Kim, and S. B. Lee, “Lasing wavelength and spacing switchable multiwavelength fiber laser from 1510 to 1620 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.17(5), 989–991 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Lee, S. B.

Y.-G. Han, G. Kim, J. H. Lee, S. H. Kim, and S. B. Lee, “Lasing wavelength and spacing switchable multiwavelength fiber laser from 1510 to 1620 nm,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.17(5), 989–991 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Lee, Y. W.

I. Yoon, Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Tunable Multiwavelength Fiber Laser Employing a Comb Filter Based on a Polarization-Diversity Loop Configuration,” J. Lightwave Technol.24(4), 1805–1811 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Y. W. Lee, J. Jung, and B. Lee, “Multiwavelength-switchable SOA-fiber ring laser based on polarization-maintaining fiber loop mirror and polarization beam splitter,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(1), 54–56 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Libatique, N. J. C.

N. J. C. Libatique and R. K. Jain, “Precisely and rapidly wavelength-switchable narrow-linewidth 1.5μm laser source for wavelength division multiplexing applications,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.11(12), 1584–1586 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Liu, J.

J. Liu, J. P. Yao, J. Yao, and T. H. Yeap, “Single-longitudinal-mode multiwavelength fiber ring laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.16(4), 1020–1022 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Loh, W. H.

Lou, C. Y.

Lu, C.

C. Zhao, X. Yang, J. H. Ng, X. Dong, X. Guo, X. Wang, X. Zhou, and C. Lu, “Switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber-ring lasers using a fiber Bragg grating in high-birefringence fiber,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett.41(1), 73–75 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Lu, S.

Madamopoulos, N.

Mao, X.

Matsuura, M.

M. Matsuura and N. Kishi, “Frequency Control Characteristics of a Single-Frequency Fiber Laser with an External Light Injection” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.7(1), 55–58 (2001).

Mollier, P.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the SOA based dual loop mirror fiber laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Transmission spectrum of (a) Bragg Grating and (b) thin film filters.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Dual wavelength operation of the laser when the SOA is driven by a bias current of 100 mA.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Single-wavelength operation of the fiber laser (a) wavelength selected by the FBG (b) wavelength selected by the thin film based tunable filter.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Variable wavelength difference Δλ obtained by tuning the tunable thin film filter. (a) 5.3 nm, (b) 10.28 nm, (c) 15.28 nm. .

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Power and wavelength fluctuations of the laser at dual mode operation.

Tables (1)

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Table 1 3-dB bandwidth, OSNR and output power at different bias current for dual-wavelength operation selected by the Bragging grating (λBG) and the tunable filter (λTF).

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