Abstract

We present a mode-locked all-fiber erbium laser that can be tuned in wavelength while in pulsed operation. A low-cost multimode interference bandpass filter based solely on standard fibers was employed in a sigma-shaped cavity design. By bending the fiber filter, the spectrum could be continuously shifted by up to 11.6nm without interrupting pulsed operation, and output powers of more than 3.3mW at pulse durations below 350fs were achieved.

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T. Walbaum, T. Hellwig, M. Schäferling, and C. Fallnich, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuB19.

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S. M. Zhang, Q. S. Meng, and G. Z. Zhao, Eur. Phys. J. D 60, 383 (2010).
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J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

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H. F. Talbot, London Edinb. Philos. Mag. J. Sci. 9, 401 (1836).

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B. Oktem, C. Ülgüdür, and F. Ö. Ilday, Nat. Photon. 4, 307 (2010).
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Opt. Lett. (5)

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K. Y. Lau, in Telecommunications and Data Acquisition Progress Report 42–63, Rep. 310-10-62-15 (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1981), p. 26.

T. Walbaum, T. Hellwig, M. Schäferling, and C. Fallnich, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuB19.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup of the pulsed fiber laser. FOC, fiber-optic circulator; WDM, wavelength division multiplexer; PBS, fiber-based polarizing beam splitter; PC, polarization controller; OC, output coupler; MMIF, multimode interference filter; FRM, Faraday rotator mirror; A, B, output ports.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Optical autocorrelation and spectrum (inset, linear scale) of the laser for a pump power of 55 mW at the PBS output port. No external compression was applied after the rejection port.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Normalized optical spectra behind the filter (port B) for different translation stage positions. The bandwidths were between 10.5 and 8.25 nm . (b) First spectral momentum as a function of the position of the translation stage. Blue crosses were measured at port A, red circles at port B. (c) Variation of the output power at the PBS rejection port as a function of the position of the translation stage. Red circles indicate mode-locked operation; green squares and black diamonds represent cw and amplified spontaneous emission operation, respectively.

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