Abstract

A stretched-pulse fiber laser with a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) that produces 100-fs pulses with 1-nJ energy is demonstrated. These results constitute a 30-fold increase in pulse energy over previously reported femtosecond fiber lasers with a NOLM. Compared with previous stretched-pulse lasers, this laser offers a cleaner spectrum and improved stability, with comparable pulse duration and energy. Implications for the construction of truly environmentally stable lasers are discussed.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the stretched-pulsed fiber laser with a NOLM. DSF, dispersion-shifted fiber; SMFs, single-mode fibers.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Comparison of the two lasers: autocorrelation (AC) trace of (a) the NPE-SPL and (b) the NOLM-SPL and spectra of (c) the NPE-SPL and (d) the NOLM-SPL.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Intensity (solid curves) and phase (dashed curves) profiles of the two lasers calculated with a retrieval algorithm: (a) NOLM-SPL and (b) NPE-SPL.

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