Abstract

We propose and demonstrate an all-fiber self-Q-switched erbium laser system that is saturable-absorber Q switched by the mismatch of the mode-field areas in the resonator and stabilized with a saturable-amplifier pump switch. Sequential pulses with a pulse energy of 8–6 μJ and a pulse duration of 80–320 ns, corresponding to a pulse repetition rate of 0.25–1 kHz, were obtained using a cw 980 nm laser-diode pump. A peak pulse power of near 100 W was achieved.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2004 (1)

2002 (1)

N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, J. Mora, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 210, 361 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2000 (2)

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[CrossRef]

T.-Y. Tsai and M. Birnbaum, J. Appl. Phys. 87, 25 (2000).
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1999 (1)

1995 (1)

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[CrossRef]

Adel, P.

Andrés, M. V.

M. Delgado-Pinar, D. Zalvidea, A. Díez, P. Pérez-Millán, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Express 14, 1106 (2006).
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N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, J. Mora, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 210, 361 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Auerbach, M.

Birnbaum, M.

T.-Y. Tsai and M. Birnbaum, J. Appl. Phys. 87, 25 (2000).
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Camargo, M. B.

R. D. Stultz, M. B. Camargo, and M. Birnbaum, J. Appl. Phys. 78, 2959 (1995).
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Cruz, J. L.

D. Zalvidea, N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, M. Delgado-Pinar, A. Díez, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 244, 315 (2005).
[CrossRef]

N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, J. Mora, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 210, 361 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Delgado-Pinar, M.

M. Delgado-Pinar, D. Zalvidea, A. Díez, P. Pérez-Millán, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Express 14, 1106 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

Dianov, E. M.

Díez, A.

Duchowicz, R.

P. Pérez-Millán, A. Díez, M. V. Andrés, D. Zalvidea, and R. Duchowicz, Opt. Express 13, 5046 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Zalvidea, N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, M. Delgado-Pinar, A. Díez, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 244, 315 (2005).
[CrossRef]

N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, J. Mora, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 210, 361 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Dvoyrin, V. V.

Fallnich, C.

Fang, Y.-C.

Fotiadi, A. A.

A. A. Fotiadi, A. S. Kurkov, and I. M. Razdobreev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (Optical Society of America, 2005), p. 515.
[CrossRef]

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Guina, M.

Häring, R.

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D. W. Huang, W. F. Liu, and C. C. Yang, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1153 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Jackson, S. D.

Keller, U.

Kirchhof, J.

Kivistö, S.

Koskinen, R.

Kurkov, A. S.

A. A. Fotiadi, A. S. Kurkov, and I. M. Razdobreev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (Optical Society of America, 2005), p. 515.
[CrossRef]

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D. W. Huang, W. F. Liu, and C. C. Yang, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1153 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Mashinsky, V. M.

Melchior, H.

Mora, J.

N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, J. Mora, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 210, 361 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Müller, H.-R.

Okhotnikov, O. G.

Paajaste, J.

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R. Paschotta, R. Häring, E. Gini, H. Melchior, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 24, 388 (1999).
[CrossRef]

R. Paschotta, http://www.rp-photonics.com/spotlight_2009_03_07.html.

Pérez-Millán, P.

Razdobreev, I. M.

A. A. Fotiadi, A. S. Kurkov, and I. M. Razdobreev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (Optical Society of America, 2005), p. 515.
[CrossRef]

Russo, N. A.

D. Zalvidea, N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, M. Delgado-Pinar, A. Díez, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 244, 315 (2005).
[CrossRef]

N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, J. Mora, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 210, 361 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Stultz, R. D.

R. D. Stultz, M. B. Camargo, and M. Birnbaum, J. Appl. Phys. 78, 2959 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Tsai, T.-Y.

T.-Y. Tsai and Y.-C. Fang, Opt. Express 17, 1429 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T.-Y. Tsai and M. Birnbaum, J. Appl. Phys. 87, 25 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Unger, S.

Wang, Y.

Xu, C.-Q.

Yang, C. C.

D. W. Huang, W. F. Liu, and C. C. Yang, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1153 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Zalvidea, D.

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

D. W. Huang, W. F. Liu, and C. C. Yang, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 12, 1153 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (2)

R. D. Stultz, M. B. Camargo, and M. Birnbaum, J. Appl. Phys. 78, 2959 (1995).
[CrossRef]

T.-Y. Tsai and M. Birnbaum, J. Appl. Phys. 87, 25 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

D. Zalvidea, N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, M. Delgado-Pinar, A. Díez, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 244, 315 (2005).
[CrossRef]

N. A. Russo, R. Duchowicz, J. Mora, J. L. Cruz, and M. V. Andrés, Opt. Commun. 210, 361 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (5)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

A. A. Fotiadi, A. S. Kurkov, and I. M. Razdobreev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (Optical Society of America, 2005), p. 515.
[CrossRef]

R. Paschotta, http://www.rp-photonics.com/spotlight_2009_03_07.html.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of a passively Q-switched all-fiber erbium laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Multipeak saturable absorber Q-switched pulse and the spectrum. A pulse energy of 7 μJ and pulse FWHM of 30 ns were obtained using a modulated LD pump.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Normalized pulse energy, FWHM, estimated peak power, and repetition rate relative to the applied cw pump power. The SAPS was not employed.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Normalized pulse energy, FWHM, estimated peak power, and repetition rate relative to the applied cw pump power. The SAPS was employed.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Saturable absorber Q-switched lasers with the SAPS and cw pump. Multipeak pulses were observed at repetition rate below 650 Hz. (a) Sequentially Q-switched pulses at 250 Hz, (b) pulse energy 8.3 μJ, FWHM 80 ns at 250 Hz; (c) pulse energy 7 μJ, duration 160 ns at 650 Hz.

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