Abstract

We have developed a diode-pumped tunable 3μm fiber laser with a cw output power of the order of 10W with the use of an erbium-doped ZBLAN fiber. A tunability range of 110nm (2770 to 2880nm) with an output power between 8 and 11W was demonstrated. As the pump power was increased, the center of the wavelength range was shifted toward longer wavelengths, but the width of the wavelength range was largely unaffected. The total tunability range for various pump power levels was 170nm (2710 to 2880nm). To our knowledge, this is the highest performance (output power and tunability) obtained from a tunable 3μm fiber laser.

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B. Wang, L. Cheng, H. Zhong, J. Sun, Y. Tian, X. Zhang, and B. Chen, Opt. Mater. 31, 1658 (2009).
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Faucher, D.

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[CrossRef]

Jain, R.

Jain, R. K.

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[CrossRef]

B. Srinivasan, E. Poppe, J. Tafoya, and R. K. Jain, Electron. Lett. 35, 1338 (1999).
[CrossRef]

King, T. A.

S. D. Jackson, T. A. King, and M. Pollnau, Electron. Lett. 36, 223 (2000).
[CrossRef]

S. D. Jackson, T. A. King, and M. Pollnau, Opt. Lett. 24, 1133(1999).
[CrossRef]

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M. Pollnau and S. D. Jackson, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 162 (2002).
[CrossRef]

S. D. Jackson, T. A. King, and M. Pollnau, Electron. Lett. 36, 223 (2000).
[CrossRef]

S. D. Jackson, T. A. King, and M. Pollnau, Opt. Lett. 24, 1133(1999).
[CrossRef]

Poppe, E.

B. Srinivasan, E. Poppe, J. Tafoya, and R. K. Jain, Electron. Lett. 35, 1338 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Sakabe, S.

Shimizu, S.

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B. Srinivasan, J. Tafoya, and R. Jain, Opt. Express 4, 490(1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Srinivasan, E. Poppe, J. Tafoya, and R. K. Jain, Electron. Lett. 35, 1338 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Sun, J.

B. Wang, L. Cheng, H. Zhong, J. Sun, Y. Tian, X. Zhang, and B. Chen, Opt. Mater. 31, 1658 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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N. J. C. Libatique, J. Tafoya, N. K. Viswanathan, R. K. Jain, and A. Cable, Electron. Lett. 36, 791 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. Srinivasan, J. Tafoya, and R. Jain, Opt. Express 4, 490(1999).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Srinivasan, E. Poppe, J. Tafoya, and R. K. Jain, Electron. Lett. 35, 1338 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Tian, Y.

B. Wang, L. Cheng, H. Zhong, J. Sun, Y. Tian, X. Zhang, and B. Chen, Opt. Mater. 31, 1658 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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L. Wetenkamp, Ch. Frerichs, G. F. West, and H. Többen, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 140, 19 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Tokita, S.

Vallée, R.

Viswanathan, N. K.

N. J. C. Libatique, J. Tafoya, N. K. Viswanathan, R. K. Jain, and A. Cable, Electron. Lett. 36, 791 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Wang, B.

B. Wang, L. Cheng, H. Zhong, J. Sun, Y. Tian, X. Zhang, and B. Chen, Opt. Mater. 31, 1658 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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L. Wetenkamp, Ch. Frerichs, G. F. West, and H. Többen, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 140, 19 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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L. Wetenkamp, Ch. Frerichs, G. F. West, and H. Többen, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 140, 19 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Williams, J. R.

C. R. Day, P. W. France, S. F. Carter, M. W. Moore, and J. R. Williams, Opt. Quantum Electron. 22, 259 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, X.

B. Wang, L. Cheng, H. Zhong, J. Sun, Y. Tian, X. Zhang, and B. Chen, Opt. Mater. 31, 1658 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Zhong, H.

B. Wang, L. Cheng, H. Zhong, J. Sun, Y. Tian, X. Zhang, and B. Chen, Opt. Mater. 31, 1658 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Zhu, X.

X. Zhu and N. PeyghambarianAdv. OptoElectron. 2010, 501956 (2010).

X. Zhu and R. Jain, Opt. Lett. 33, 1578 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Zhu and R. Jain, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 156 (2008).
[CrossRef]

X. Zhu and R. Jain, Opt. Lett. 32, 26 (2007).
[CrossRef]

X. Zhu and R. Jain, Opt. Lett. 32, 2381 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Zhu and R. Jain, Appl. Opt. 45, 7118 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Zhu and R. Jain, in IEEE/LEOS 2004 Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings (IEEE, 2004), paper ThP5.

Adv. OptoElectron. (1)

X. Zhu and N. PeyghambarianAdv. OptoElectron. 2010, 501956 (2010).

Appl. Opt. (1)

Electron. Lett. (4)

S. D. Jackson, T. A. King, and M. Pollnau, Electron. Lett. 36, 223 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. Srinivasan, E. Poppe, J. Tafoya, and R. K. Jain, Electron. Lett. 35, 1338 (1999).
[CrossRef]

S. D. Jackson, Electron. Lett. 45, 830 (2009).
[CrossRef]

N. J. C. Libatique, J. Tafoya, N. K. Viswanathan, R. K. Jain, and A. Cable, Electron. Lett. 36, 791 (2000).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

M. Pollnau and S. D. Jackson, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 162 (2002).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

X. Zhu and R. Jain, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 156 (2008).
[CrossRef]

J. Non-Cryst. Solids (1)

L. Wetenkamp, Ch. Frerichs, G. F. West, and H. Többen, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 140, 19 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (6)

Opt. Mater. (1)

B. Wang, L. Cheng, H. Zhong, J. Sun, Y. Tian, X. Zhang, and B. Chen, Opt. Mater. 31, 1658 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

C. R. Day, P. W. France, S. F. Carter, M. W. Moore, and J. R. Williams, Opt. Quantum Electron. 22, 259 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

X. Zhu and R. Jain, in IEEE/LEOS 2004 Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings (IEEE, 2004), paper ThP5.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the wavelength-tunable Er-doped ZBLAN fiber laser pumped by a laser diode. The inset shows how the spherical polishing of the fiber end ensures contact between the fiber core and the sapphire plate.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Tuning curves of the diode-pumped cw Er-doped ZBLAN fiber laser for different pump-power levels.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Continuous wave output power as a function of incident pump power at a wavelength of 2817 nm . Inset, a typical laser spectrum.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Temporal stability of the output power over a 1 h time span, as measured with a power meter with a response time of 1 s . Inset, a typical signal obtained with an InAs photodetector with a response time of 10 μs .

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