Abstract

Self-starting, stable mode-locked pulses can be generated from a wavelength-swept laser through the interplay between an intracavity scanning filter and self-phase modulation. From an Er3+-doped fiber laser employing a scanning Fabry–Perot filter, 100ps optical pulses are obtained at a 12-MHz repetition rate with center wavelengths that are swept over 27nm around 1.55μm in 1ms.

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[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the wavelength-swept fiber laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Average output power and (b) peak-hold spectrum.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Oscilloscope trace of the laser output and the driving signal applied to the filter (upper trace). (b) Mode-locked pulses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Temporal and (b) spectral widths of the pulses. Data points, experimental results; lines, numerical simulations.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Laser output in the presence of an intracavity frequency shifter. A frustration of mode locking is observed when the tuning speed and direction are matched to the frequency shift (resonant sweep), resulting in cw emission.

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