Abstract

We present an all-fiber bidirectional passively mode-locked soliton laser with what we believe is a novel cavity configuration. Using a four-port circulator, we incorporate two different semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) into the laser cavity, which enables bidirectional mode locking. The laser allows the generation of two independent countercirculating mode-locked pulse trains, each with an individual fundamental repetition rate that can be adjusted by varying the SESAM pigtail length. Two countercirculating pulse trains with repetition rates of 21.3 and 15.2MHz are obtained simultaneously. By controlling the intracavity loss imposed on these two pulse trains, either one of the two pulse trains can be switched on or off. The bidirectional operation with other repetition rates is also demonstrated.

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[CrossRef]

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L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

K. Tamura, J. Jacobson, E. P. Ippen, H. A. Haus, and J. G. Fujimoto, Opt. Lett. 18, 220 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Z. Sun, A. G. Rozhin, F. Wang, T. Hasan, D. Popa, W. O. Neill, and A. C. Ferrari, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 253102 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Wang, L.

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L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

Z. Sun, A. G. Rozhin, F. Wang, T. Hasan, D. Popa, W. O. Neill, and A. C. Ferrari, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 253102 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett.

D. J. Richardson, R. I. Laming, D. N. Payne, M. W. Phillips, and V. J. Matsas, Electron. Lett. 27, 730 (1991).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the presented bidirectional passively mode-locked fiber laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Pulse trains and (b) rf spectra of the CW and CCW outputs.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Output optical spectra and the corresponding autocorrelation traces of the mode-locked pulses in the CW and CCW directions.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Temporal and spectral profiles coming out of the bidirectional mode-locked laser with 21.34 MHz CW and 24.68 MHz CCW pulses.

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