Abstract

A novel cladding pumped Nd3+ fiber laser operating in an enhanced Q-switched regime with a stable repetition rate is described. By exploiting fiber nonlinearities in the laser cavity, we demonstrated a peak power of 3.7  kW enhanced by an order of magnitude greater than that of conventional Q-switched fiber devices. Pulse durations as short as 2  ns have been achieved.

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1997 (2)

G. P. Lees, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, and T. P. Newson, Electron. Lett. 33, 393 (1997).
[Crossref]

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, and V. P. Gapontsev, Opt. Lett. 22, 298 (1997).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

1992 (1)

P. R. Morkel, K. P. Jedrzejewski, E. R. Taylor, and D. N. Payne, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 545 (1992).
[Crossref]

1989 (2)

E. Desurvire, C. R. Giles, and J. R. Simpson, Proc. SPIE 1171, 103 (1989).
[Crossref]

A. V. Babushkin, N. S. Vorobev, A. M. Prokhorov, and M. Schelev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1310 (1989).
[Crossref]

Babushkin, A. V.

A. V. Babushkin, N. S. Vorobev, A. M. Prokhorov, and M. Schelev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1310 (1989).
[Crossref]

Chernikov, S. V.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, and V. P. Gapontsev, Opt. Lett. 22, 298 (1997).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 529.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Davydov, B. L.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 529.

Desurvire, E.

E. Desurvire, C. R. Giles, and J. R. Simpson, Proc. SPIE 1171, 103 (1989).
[Crossref]

Dong, L.

G. P. Lees, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, and T. P. Newson, Electron. Lett. 33, 393 (1997).
[Crossref]

Gapontsev, D. V.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 529.

Gapontsev, V. P.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, and V. P. Gapontsev, Opt. Lett. 22, 298 (1997).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 529.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Giles, C. R.

E. Desurvire, C. R. Giles, and J. R. Simpson, Proc. SPIE 1171, 103 (1989).
[Crossref]

Hakimi, F.

E. Snitzer, H. Po, F. Hakimi, R. Tumminelli, and B. C. McCollum, in Optical Fiber Sensors, Vol. 2 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD5.

Jedrzejewski, K. P.

P. R. Morkel, K. P. Jedrzejewski, E. R. Taylor, and D. N. Payne, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 545 (1992).
[Crossref]

Lees, G. P.

G. P. Lees, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, and T. P. Newson, Electron. Lett. 33, 393 (1997).
[Crossref]

McCollum, B. C.

E. Snitzer, H. Po, F. Hakimi, R. Tumminelli, and B. C. McCollum, in Optical Fiber Sensors, Vol. 2 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD5.

Morkel, P. R.

P. R. Morkel, K. P. Jedrzejewski, E. R. Taylor, and D. N. Payne, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 545 (1992).
[Crossref]

Newson, T. P.

G. P. Lees, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, and T. P. Newson, Electron. Lett. 33, 393 (1997).
[Crossref]

Payne, D. N.

P. R. Morkel, K. P. Jedrzejewski, E. R. Taylor, and D. N. Payne, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 545 (1992).
[Crossref]

Platonov, N. S.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Po, H.

E. Snitzer, H. Po, F. Hakimi, R. Tumminelli, and B. C. McCollum, in Optical Fiber Sensors, Vol. 2 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD5.

Prokhorov, A. M.

A. V. Babushkin, N. S. Vorobev, A. M. Prokhorov, and M. Schelev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1310 (1989).
[Crossref]

Richardson, D. J.

G. P. Lees, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, and T. P. Newson, Electron. Lett. 33, 393 (1997).
[Crossref]

Samartsev, I. E.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 529.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Schelev, M.

A. V. Babushkin, N. S. Vorobev, A. M. Prokhorov, and M. Schelev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1310 (1989).
[Crossref]

Simpson, J. R.

E. Desurvire, C. R. Giles, and J. R. Simpson, Proc. SPIE 1171, 103 (1989).
[Crossref]

Snitzer, E.

E. Snitzer, H. Po, F. Hakimi, R. Tumminelli, and B. C. McCollum, in Optical Fiber Sensors, Vol. 2 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD5.

Taverner, D.

G. P. Lees, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, and T. P. Newson, Electron. Lett. 33, 393 (1997).
[Crossref]

Taylor, E. R.

P. R. Morkel, K. P. Jedrzejewski, E. R. Taylor, and D. N. Payne, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 545 (1992).
[Crossref]

Taylor, J. R.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, and V. P. Gapontsev, Opt. Lett. 22, 298 (1997).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 529.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Tumminelli, R.

E. Snitzer, H. Po, F. Hakimi, R. Tumminelli, and B. C. McCollum, in Optical Fiber Sensors, Vol. 2 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD5.

Vorobev, N. S.

A. V. Babushkin, N. S. Vorobev, A. M. Prokhorov, and M. Schelev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1310 (1989).
[Crossref]

Zhu, Y.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, and V. P. Gapontsev, Opt. Lett. 22, 298 (1997).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Electron. Lett. (1)

G. P. Lees, D. Taverner, D. J. Richardson, L. Dong, and T. P. Newson, Electron. Lett. 33, 393 (1997).
[Crossref]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

P. R. Morkel, K. P. Jedrzejewski, E. R. Taylor, and D. N. Payne, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 545 (1992).
[Crossref]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. SPIE (1)

E. Desurvire, C. R. Giles, and J. R. Simpson, Proc. SPIE 1171, 103 (1989).
[Crossref]

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

A. V. Babushkin, N. S. Vorobev, A. M. Prokhorov, and M. Schelev, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1310 (1989).
[Crossref]

Other (3)

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 529.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

E. Snitzer, H. Po, F. Hakimi, R. Tumminelli, and B. C. McCollum, in Optical Fiber Sensors, Vol. 2 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper PD5.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup of an enhanced Q-switched Nd3+ fiber laser: LD's, laser diodes; MM, multimode fiber.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Typical output pulse train at a repetition rate of 14  kHz.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Peak power from (a) output  1 and (b) output  2 against fiber length. Insets, pulse shapes at the beginning and the end of the SM fiber.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Pulse shapes from (a) output  1 and (b) output  2 of the enhanced Q-switched fiber laser.

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