Abstract

We report on a wavelength-tunable filter based on multimode interference (MMI) effects. A typical MMI filter consists of a multimode fiber (MMF) spliced between two single-mode fibers (SMF). The peak wavelength response of the filter exhibits a linear dependence when the length of the MMF is modified. Therefore a capillary tube filled with refractive-index-matching liquid is used to effectively increase the length of the MMF, and thus wavelength tuning is achieved. Using this filter a ring-based tunable erbium-doped fiber laser is demonstrated with a tunability of 30nm, covering the full C-band.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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Chia-Chin, C.

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L. Shien-Kuei, H. Kuan-Luen, L. Yi-Tseng, C. Chia-Chin, and S. Chow-Shing, Opt. and Laser Technol. 39, 1214 (2007).
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Clarkson, W. A.

Engelbrecht, M.

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Jetschke, S.

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Kracht, D.

Kuan-Luen, H.

L. Shien-Kuei, H. Kuan-Luen, L. Yi-Tseng, C. Chia-Chin, and S. Chow-Shing, Opt. and Laser Technol. 39, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Laurell, F.

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[CrossRef]

Lee, Y. L.

W. Shin, K. Oh, B.-A. Yu, Y. L. Lee, Y.-C. Noh, D.-K. Ko, and J. Lee, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 404 (2008).
[CrossRef]

LiKamWa, P.

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[CrossRef]

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G. Anzueto-Sánchez, A. Martínez-Ríos, D. A. May-Arrioja, I. Torres-Gómez, R. Selvas-Aguilar, and J. Alvárez-Chávez, Electron. Lett. 42, 1337 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Mohammed, W. S.

Müller, H.-R.

Noh, Y.-C.

W. Shin, K. Oh, B.-A. Yu, Y. L. Lee, Y.-C. Noh, D.-K. Ko, and J. Lee, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 404 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Oh, K.

W. Shin, K. Oh, B.-A. Yu, Y. L. Lee, Y.-C. Noh, D.-K. Ko, and J. Lee, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 404 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Otake, Y.

H. Sakata, H. Yoshimi, and Y. Otake, Opt. Commun. 282, 1179 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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Sahu, J. K.

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H. Sakata, H. Yoshimi, and Y. Otake, Opt. Commun. 282, 1179 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Selvas, R.

Selvas-Aguilar, R.

G. Anzueto-Sánchez, A. Martínez-Ríos, D. A. May-Arrioja, I. Torres-Gómez, R. Selvas-Aguilar, and J. Alvárez-Chávez, Electron. Lett. 42, 1337 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Shien-Kuei, L.

L. Shien-Kuei, H. Kuan-Luen, L. Yi-Tseng, C. Chia-Chin, and S. Chow-Shing, Opt. and Laser Technol. 39, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Shin, W.

W. Shin, K. Oh, B.-A. Yu, Y. L. Lee, Y.-C. Noh, D.-K. Ko, and J. Lee, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 404 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Smith, P. W. E.

Song, Y. W.

Y. W. Song, S. A. Havstad, D. Starodubov, Y. Xie, A. E. Willner, and J. Feinberg, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 13, 1167 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Starodubov, D.

Y. W. Song, S. A. Havstad, D. Starodubov, Y. Xie, A. E. Willner, and J. Feinberg, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 13, 1167 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Torres-Gomez, I.

Torres-Gómez, I.

G. Anzueto-Sánchez, A. Martínez-Ríos, D. A. May-Arrioja, I. Torres-Gómez, R. Selvas-Aguilar, and J. Alvárez-Chávez, Electron. Lett. 42, 1337 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Unger, S.

Wandt, D.

Willner, A. E.

Y. W. Song, S. A. Havstad, D. Starodubov, Y. Xie, A. E. Willner, and J. Feinberg, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 13, 1167 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Xie, Y.

Y. W. Song, S. A. Havstad, D. Starodubov, Y. Xie, A. E. Willner, and J. Feinberg, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 13, 1167 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Yi-Tseng, L.

L. Shien-Kuei, H. Kuan-Luen, L. Yi-Tseng, C. Chia-Chin, and S. Chow-Shing, Opt. and Laser Technol. 39, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Yoshimi, H.

H. Sakata, H. Yoshimi, and Y. Otake, Opt. Commun. 282, 1179 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Yu, B.-A.

W. Shin, K. Oh, B.-A. Yu, Y. L. Lee, Y.-C. Noh, D.-K. Ko, and J. Lee, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 404 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

G. Anzueto-Sánchez, A. Martínez-Ríos, D. A. May-Arrioja, I. Torres-Gómez, R. Selvas-Aguilar, and J. Alvárez-Chávez, Electron. Lett. 42, 1337 (2006).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (2)

Y. W. Song, S. A. Havstad, D. Starodubov, Y. Xie, A. E. Willner, and J. Feinberg, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 13, 1167 (2001).
[CrossRef]

W. Shin, K. Oh, B.-A. Yu, Y. L. Lee, Y.-C. Noh, D.-K. Ko, and J. Lee, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 404 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. and Laser Technol. (1)

L. Shien-Kuei, H. Kuan-Luen, L. Yi-Tseng, C. Chia-Chin, and S. Chow-Shing, Opt. and Laser Technol. 39, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

H. Sakata, H. Yoshimi, and Y. Otake, Opt. Commun. 282, 1179 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (2)

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the tuning mechanism for the tunable MMI fiber filter.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Tuning response of the tunable MMI filter and (b) peak wavelength against separation between SMF and 105 125 MMF.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Experimental setup for the tunable MMI fiber laser.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Superimposed spectral response of the tunable MMI fiber laser.

Equations (3)

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L = p ( 3 L π 4 ) with p = 0 , 1 , 2 , . . ,
L π 4 n MMF D 2 MMF 3 λ 0 .
λ 0 = p ( n MMF D 2 MMF L ) with p = 0 , 1 , 2 ,

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