Abstract

An environmentally stable mode-locked fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization rotation is experimentally demonstrated. The laser is based on a novel laser configuration that has negligible low-power steady-state reflectivity from one side and, consequently, no CW gain. The laser is self starting and the configuration is implementable as an all-fiber laser with standard polarization-maintaining fiber-pigtailed components. A pulse duration of 5.6ps is obtained at a repetition rate of 5.96MHz and at an average power of 8mW. As an application of the proposed laser configuration, 213mW of supercontinuum (6001750nm) was demonstrated from a fiber laser system with no sections of free-space optics.

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