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  1. Ultrafast and widely tuneable vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser, mode-locked by a graphene-integrated distributed Bragg reflector.

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    Zaugg, C A; Sun, Z; Wittwer, V J; Popa, D; Milana, S; Kulmala, T S; Sundaram, R S; Mangold, M; Sieber, O D; Golling, M; Lee, Y; Ahn, J H; Ferrari, A C; Keller, U

    2013-12-16

    We report a versatile way of controlling the unsaturated loss, modulation depth and saturation fluence of graphene-based saturable absorbers (GSAs), by changing the thickness of a spacer between a single layer graphene (SLG) and a high-reflection mirror. This allows us to modulate the electric field intensity enhancement at the GSA from 0 up to 400%, due to the interference of incident and reflected light at the mirror. The unsaturated loss of the SLG-mirror-assembly can be reduced to ∼0. We use this to mode-lock a vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) from 935 to 981 nm. This approach can be applied to integrate SLG into various optical components, such as output coupler mirrors, dispersive mirrors or dielectric coatings on gain materials. Conversely, it can also be used to increase the absorption (up to 10%) in various graphene based photonics and optoelectronics devices, such as photodetectors.

  2. Commercial mode-locked vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Lubeigt, Walter; Bialkowski, Bartlomiej; Lin, Jipeng; Head, C. Robin; Hempler, Nils; Maker, Gareth T.; Malcolm, Graeme P. A.

    2017-02-01

    In recent years, M Squared Lasers have successfully commercialized a range of mode-locked vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSELs) operating between 920-1050nm and producing picosecond-range pulses with average powers above 1W at pulse repetition frequencies (PRF) of 200MHz. These laser products offer a low-cost, easy-to-use and maintenance-free tool for the growing market of nonlinear microscopy. However, in order to present a credible alternative to ultrafast Ti-sapphire lasers, pulse durations below 200fs are required. In the last year, efforts have been directed to reduce the pulse duration of the Dragonfly laser system to below 200fs with a target average power above 1W at a PRF of 200MHz. This paper will describe and discuss the latest efforts undertaken to approach these targets in a laser system operating at 990nm. The relatively low PRF operation of Dragonfly lasers represents a challenging requirement for mode-locked VECSELs due to the very short upper state carrier lifetime, on the order of a few nanoseconds, which can lead to double pulsing behavior in longer cavities as the time between consecutive pulses is increased. Most notably, the design of the Dragonfly VECSEL cavity was considerably modified and the laser system extended with a nonlinear pulse stretcher and an additional compression stage. The improved Dragonfly laser system achieved pulse duration as short as 130fs with an average power of 0.85W.

  3. Noise Effects in the Mode-Locked External Cavity Lasers

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    Nuran Dogru; M. Sadettin Ozyazici

    2003-01-01

    Effect of high level of spontaneous and carrier noise on mode-locked hybrid soliton pulse source and relative intensity noise is described. Transform limited pulses are not generated over a wide frequency range because of these noises.

  4. Tunable mode-locked semiconductor laser with Bragg mirror external cavity

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    Yvind, Kresten; Jørgensen, T.; Birkedal, Dan

    2002-01-01

    We present a simplified design for a wavelength tunable external cavity mode-locked laser by employing a wedged GaAs/AlGaAs Bragg mirror. The device emits 4-6 ps pulses at 10 GHz and is tunable over 15 nm. Although, in the present configuration, tunability is limited to 15 nm, however, we have...

  5. Mode-locked Pr3+-doped silica fiber laser with an external cavity

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    Shi, Yuan; Poulsen, Christian; Sejka, Milan

    1994-01-01

    We present a Pr3+-doped silica-based fiber laser mode-locked by using a linear external cavity with a vibrating mirror. Stable laser pulses with a FWHM of less than 44 ps, peak power greater than 9 W, and repetition rate up to 100 MHz are obtained. The pulse width versus cavity mismatch ΔL and pump...

  6. Performance of external cavity mode-locked semiconductor lasers employing reverse biased saturable absorbers

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    Yvind, Kresten; Skovgaard, P.M.W.; Mørk, Jesper;

    2002-01-01

    We have experimentally investigated the performance of external cavity mode-locked semiconductor lasers employing reverse biased saturable absorbers. We have measured the magnitude of trailing pulses when varying the chip length and studied the pulse quality when changing the driving conditions...

  7. Mode-locking external-cavity laser-diode sensor for displacement measurements of technical surfaces

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    Czarske, Jürgen; Möbius, Jasper; Moldenhauer, Karsten

    2005-09-01

    A novel laser sensor for position measurements of technical solid-state surfaces is proposed. An external Fabry-Perot laser cavity is assembled by use of an antireflection-coated laser diode together with the technical surface. Mode locking results from pumping the laser diode synchronously to the mode spacing of the cavity. The laser cavity length, i.e., the distance to the measurement object, is determined by evaluation of the modulation transfer function of the cavity by means of a phase-locked loop. The mode-locking external-cavity laser sensor incorporates a resonance effect that results in highly resolving position and displacement measurements. More than a factor-of-10 higher resolution than with conventional nonresonant sensing principles is achieved. Results of the displacement measurements of various technical surfaces are reported. Experimental and theoretical investigations are in good agreement.

  8. Analysis of timing jitter in external-cavity mode-locked semiconductor lasers

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    Mulet, Josep; Mørk, Jesper

    2006-01-01

    processes, self-phase modulation, and spontaneous emission noise. Fluctuations of the mode-locked pulses are characterized from the fully distributed model using direct integration of noise-skirts in the phase-noise spectrum and the soliton perturbations introduced by Haus. We implement the model in order...... to investigate the performance of a MQW buried heterostructure laser. Results from numerical simulations show that the optimum driving conditions for achieving the shortest pulses with minimum timing jitter occur for large reverse bias in the absorber section at an optimum optical bandwidth limited by Gordon...

  9. Absorber and gain chip optimization to improve performance from a passively modelocked electrically pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting laser

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    Zaugg, C. A., E-mail: zauggc@phys.ethz.ch; Mangold, M.; Pallmann, W. P.; Golling, M.; Tilma, B. W.; Keller, U. [Department of Physics, Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, 8093 Zürich (Switzerland); Gronenborn, S.; Moench, H.; Weichmann, U. [Philips Technologie GmbH Photonics Aachen, Steinbachstrasse 15, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Miller, M. [Philips Technologie GmbH U-L-M Photonics, Lise-Meitner-Strasse 13, 89081 Ulm (Germany)

    2014-03-24

    We present an electrically pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (EP-VECSEL) modelocked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) with significantly improved performance. In different cavity configurations, we present the shortest pulses (2.5 ps), highest average output power (53.2 mW), highest repetition rate (18.2 GHz), and highest peak power (4.7 W) to date. The simple and low-cost concept of EP-VECSELs is very attractive for mass-market applications such as optical communication and clocking. The improvements result from an optimized gain chip from Philips Technologie GmbH and a SESAM, specifically designed for EP-VECSELs. For the gain chip, we found a better trade-off between electrical and optical losses with an optimized doping scheme in the substrate to increase the average output power. Furthermore, the device's bottom contact diameter (60 μm) is smaller than the oxide aperture diameter (100 μm), which favors electro-optical conversion into a TEM{sub 00} mode. Compared to optically pumped VECSELs we have to increase the field enhancement in the active region of an EP-VECSEL which requires a SESAM with lower saturation fluence and higher modulation depth for modelocking. We therefore used a resonant quantum well SESAM with a 3.5-pair dielectric top-coating (SiN{sub x} and SiO{sub 2}) to enhance the field in the absorber at the lasing wavelength of 980 nm. The absorption bandedge at room temperature is detuned (965 nm) compared to the resonance (980 nm), which enables temperature-tuning of the modulation depth and saturation fluence from approximately 2.5% up to 15% and from 20 μJ/cm{sup 2} to 1.1 μJ/cm{sup 2}, respectively.

  10. Absorber and gain chip optimization to improve performance from a passively modelocked electrically pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting laser

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    Zaugg, C. A.; Gronenborn, S.; Moench, H.; Mangold, M.; Miller, M.; Weichmann, U.; Pallmann, W. P.; Golling, M.; Tilma, B. W.; Keller, U.

    2014-03-01

    We present an electrically pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (EP-VECSEL) modelocked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) with significantly improved performance. In different cavity configurations, we present the shortest pulses (2.5 ps), highest average output power (53.2 mW), highest repetition rate (18.2 GHz), and highest peak power (4.7 W) to date. The simple and low-cost concept of EP-VECSELs is very attractive for mass-market applications such as optical communication and clocking. The improvements result from an optimized gain chip from Philips Technologie GmbH and a SESAM, specifically designed for EP-VECSELs. For the gain chip, we found a better trade-off between electrical and optical losses with an optimized doping scheme in the substrate to increase the average output power. Furthermore, the device's bottom contact diameter (60 μm) is smaller than the oxide aperture diameter (100 μm), which favors electro-optical conversion into a TEM00 mode. Compared to optically pumped VECSELs we have to increase the field enhancement in the active region of an EP-VECSEL which requires a SESAM with lower saturation fluence and higher modulation depth for modelocking. We therefore used a resonant quantum well SESAM with a 3.5-pair dielectric top-coating (SiNx and SiO2) to enhance the field in the absorber at the lasing wavelength of 980 nm. The absorption bandedge at room temperature is detuned (965 nm) compared to the resonance (980 nm), which enables temperature-tuning of the modulation depth and saturation fluence from approximately 2.5% up to 15% and from 20 μJ/cm2 to 1.1 μJ/cm2, respectively.

  11. Efficient, tunable flip-chip-integrated III-V/Si hybrid external-cavity laser array.

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    Lin, Shiyun; Zheng, Xuezhe; Yao, Jin; Djordjevic, Stevan S; Cunningham, John E; Lee, Jin-Hyoung; Shubin, Ivan; Luo, Ying; Bovington, Jock; Lee, Daniel Y; Thacker, Hiren D; Raj, Kannan; Krishnamoorthy, Ashok V

    2016-09-19

    We demonstrate a surface-normal coupled tunable hybrid silicon laser array for the first time using passively-aligned, high-accuracy flip chip bonding. A 2x6 III-V reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) array with integrated total internal reflection mirrors is bonded to a CMOS SOI chip with grating couplers and silicon ring reflectors to form a tunable hybrid external-cavity laser array. Waveguide-coupled wall plug efficiency (wcWPE) of 2% and output power of 3 mW has been achieved for all 12 lasers. We further improved the performance by reducing the thickness of metal/dielectric stacks and achieved 10mW output power and 5% wcWPE with the same integration techniques. This non-invasive, one-step back end of the line (BEOL) integration approach provides a promising solution to high density laser sources for future large-scale photonic integrated circuits.

  12. High-Power Hybrid Mode-Locked External Cavity Semiconductor Laser Using Tapered Amplifier with Large Tunability

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    Andreas Schmitt-Sody

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We report on hybrid mode-locked laser operation of a tapered semiconductor amplifier in an external ring cavity, generating pulses as short as 0.5 ps at 88.1 MHz with an average power of 60 mW. The mode locking is achieved through a combination of a multiple quantum well saturable absorber (>10% modulation depth and an RF current modulation. This designed laser has 20 nm tuning bandwidth in continuous wave and 10 nm tuning bandwidth in mode locking around 786 nm center wavelength at constant temperature.

  13. High peak-power picosecond pulse generation at 1.26 µm using a quantum-dot-based external-cavity mode-locked laser and tapered optical amplifier.

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    Ding, Y; Aviles-Espinosa, R; Cataluna, M A; Nikitichev, D; Ruiz, M; Tran, M; Robert, Y; Kapsalis, A; Simos, H; Mesaritakis, C; Xu, T; Bardella, P; Rossetti, M; Krestnikov, I; Livshits, D; Montrosset, Ivo; Syvridis, D; Krakowski, M; Loza-Alvarez, P; Rafailov, E

    2012-06-18

    In this paper, we present the generation of high peak-power picosecond optical pulses in the 1.26 μm spectral band from a repetition-rate-tunable quantum-dot external-cavity passively mode-locked laser (QD-ECMLL), amplified by a tapered quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifier (QD-SOA). The laser emission wavelength was controlled through a chirped volume Bragg grating which was used as an external cavity output coupler. An average power of 208.2 mW, pulse energy of 321 pJ, and peak power of 30.3 W were achieved. Preliminary nonlinear imaging investigations indicate that this system is promising as a high peak-power pulsed light source for nonlinear bio-imaging applications across the 1.0 μm - 1.3 μm spectral range.

  14. Monolithic integration of MQW wavelength tunable DBR lasers with external cavity electroabsorption modulators by selective-area MOCVD

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    Lammert, Robert M.; Smith, Gary M.; Hughes, J. S.; Osowski, Mark L.; Jones, A. M.; Coleman, James J.

    1997-01-01

    The design and operation of multiple-quantum well (MQW) wavelength tunable distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) lasers with nonabsorbing gratings and monolithically integrated external cavity electroabsorption modulators fabricated by selective-area metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) are presented. Uncoated devices exhibit cw threshold currents as low as 10.5 mA with slope efficiencies of 0.21 W/A from the laser facet and 0.06 W/A from the modulator facet. After the application of facet coatings, slope efficiencies from the modulator facet increase to 0.14 W/A. Wavelength tuning of 7 nm is obtained by injection current heating of the DBR section. These devices exhibit extinction ratios of 18 dB from the modulator facet at a low modulator bias of 1 V, when measured with a broad-area detector. When coupled to a singlemode fiber, these devices exhibit high extinction ratios of 40 dB at a modulator bias of 1.25 V. Photo-generated current versus optical power plots indicate that the extinction ratios are not limited by carrier build- up in the modulator quantum wells.

  15. Integration of mode-locked diode lasers

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    Coleman, A. Catrina; Hou, Lianping; Marsh, John H.

    2016-03-01

    Monolithic mode-locked semiconductor lasers are attractive sources of short optical pulses with advantages over more conventional sources in compactness, robustness, performance stability, power consumption, and cost savings. The use of quantum well intermixing (QWI) to integrate passive sections and surface etched distributed Bragg reflectors (DBR) into monolithic laser cavity will be described. The performance of the devices will be presented.

  16. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao, E-mail: luyaoxu.ee@ucla.edu; Curwen, Christopher A.; Williams, Benjamin S. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Hon, Philip W. C.; Itoh, Tatsuo [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Chen, Qi-Sheng [Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California 90278 (United States)

    2015-11-30

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  17. 2.5-Gb/s hybridly-integrated tunable external cavity laser using a superluminescent diode and a polymer Bragg reflector.

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    Yoon, Ki-Hong; Oh, Su Hwan; Kim, Ki Soo; Kwon, O-Kyun; Oh, Dae Kon; Noh, Young-Ouk; Lee, Hyung-Jong

    2010-03-15

    We presented a hybridly-integrated tunable external cavity laser with 0.8 nm mode spacing 16 channels operating in the direct modulation of 2.5-Gbps for a low-cost source of a WDM-PON system. The tunable laser was fabricated by using a superluminescent diode (SLD) and a polymer Bragg reflector. The maximum output power and the power slope efficiency of the tunable laser were 10.3 mW and 0.132 mW/mA, respectively, at the SLD current of 100 mA and the temperature of 25 degrees C. The directly-modulated tunable laser successfully provided 2.5-Gbps transmissions through 20-km standard single mode fiber. The power penalty of the tunable laser was less than 0.8 dB for 16 channels after a 20-km transmission. The power penalty variation was less than 1.4 dB during the blue-shifted wavelength tuning.

  18. Pulse properties of external cavity mode locked semiconductor lasers

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    Mulet, Josep; Kroh, Marcel; Mørk, Jesper

    2006-01-01

    The performance of an external-cavity mode-locked semiconductor laser is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The optimization analysis focuses on the regimes of stable mode locking and the generation of sub-picosecond optical pulses. We demonstrate stable output pulses down to one...... picosecond duration with more than 30 dB trailing pulse suppression. The limiting factors to the device performance are investigated on the basis of a fully-distributed time-domain model.We find that ultrafast gain dynamics effectively reduce the pulse-shaping strength and inhibit the generation...

  19. L-band tunable external cavity laser based on 1.58 μm superluminescent diode integrated with spot-size converter.

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    Oh, Su Hwan; Yoon, Ki-Hong; Kim, Ki Soo; Kim, Jongbae; Kwon, O-Kyun; Oh, Dae Kon; Noh, Young-Ouk; Lee, Hyung-Jong

    2010-09-13

    We report a 1.58 μm superluminescent diode (SLD) with a spot-size converter (SSC) designed and fabricated as a light source for a tunable external cavity laser (T-ECL). The active section of the SLD is fabricated by using a planar buried heterostructure (PBH) for low-threshold current and high-output power operation at a low injection current. The SSC structure of the SLD is designed to possess a buried deep-ridge waveguide (BD-RWG) and show a beam of less divergence. The full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of the horizontal and vertical far-field patterns (FFPs), due to the beam of the less divergence, are 14° and 13°, respectively. We also confirm that an L-band T-ECL employing the SSC SLD operates well enough to prove the characteristics of high performance.

  20. Integrated optics dissipative soliton mode-locked laser on glass

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    Charlet, Bertrand; Bastard, Lionel; Broquin, Jean-Emmanuel

    2011-01-01

    Mode-lock lasers have been studied a lot in the past years for producing pulses as short as possible. These devices have mostly been realized in bulk optics and they are consequently cumbersome and sensitive to vibrations. There are only a few studies on integrated optics mode-lock lasers, though this technology is very promising because of its stability, compactness and the possibility to integrate several functions on a single chip. In this paper, we present an ion-exchange passively mode-locked laser in dissipative soliton operation. One of the key characteristics of this structure is its mechanical stability. Indeed, no bulk optics is needed because the saturable absorber is hybridized on the top of the waveguide in order to interact with the evanescent part of the guided mode. Indeed, the device that has been obtained is composed of an ion-exchanged single mode waveguide realized in a Neodymium doped phosphate glass. The laser feedback is produced by a Fabry-Perot cavity realized with two multilayers dielectric mirrors stuck on the waveguides facets. We implemented a bis(4- dimethylaminodithiobenzil)nickel (BDN) dye included in a cellulose acetate thick film, which presents a saturable absorber behaviour around 1.06 μm. With this structure, pulses with repetition rates of 3.3 GHz and a single mode output have been measured. Moreover, the use of an autocorrelation set-up allowed us measuring picosecond pulse durations.

  1. 25 kHz narrow spectral bandwidth of a wavelength tunable diode laser with a short waveguide-based external cavity

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    Oldenbeuving, R. M.; Klein, E. J.; Offerhaus, H. L.; Lee, C. J.; Song, H.; Boller, K. J.

    2013-01-01

    We report on the spectral properties of a diode laser with a tunable external cavity mirror, realized as an integrated optics waveguide circuit. Even though the external cavity is short compared to that of other narrow bandwidth external cavity lasers, the spectral bandwidth of this tunable laser is

  2. Vertical external cavity surface emitting semiconductor lasers

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    Holm, M

    2001-01-01

    Active stabilisation showed a relative locked linewidth of approx 3 kHz. Coarse tuning over 7 nm was achieved using a 3-plate birefingent filter plate while fine-tuning using cavity length change allowed tuning over 250 MHz. Vertical external cavity semiconductor lasers have emerged as an interesting technology based on current vertical cavity semiconductor laser knowledge. High power output into a single transverse mode has attracted companies requiring good fibre coupling for telecommunications systems. The structure comprises of a grown semiconductor Bragg reflector topped with a multiple quantum well gain region. This is then included in an external cavity. This device is then optically pumped to promote laser action. Theoretical modelling of AIGaAs based VECSEL structures was undertaken, showing the effect of device design on laser characteristics. A simple 3-mirror cavity was constructed to assess the static characteristics of the structure. Up to 153 mW of output power was achieved in a single transver...

  3. External cavity diode laser around 657 nm

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    Desheng Lǖ (吕德胜); Kaikai Huang (黄凯凯); Fengzhi Wang (王凤芝); DonghaiYang (杨东海)

    2003-01-01

    Operating a laser diode in an external cavity, which provides frequency-selective feedback, is a very effective method to tune the laser frequency to a range far from its free running frequency. For the Ca atomic Ramsey spectroscopy experiment, we have constructed a 657-nm laser system based on the LittmanMetcalf configuration with a 660-nm commercial laser diode. Continuously 10-GHz tuning range was achieved with about 100-kHz spectral linewidth, measured with beat-note spectrum of two identical laser systems.

  4. Frequency stabilization in FBG external cavity semiconductor laser based on acetylene absorption method

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    Li Zhi-quan; Su Feng-yan; Kang Li-li

    2008-01-01

    A frequency-stabilized 1.53 μm FBG external-cavity semiconductor laser by using acetylene absorption is presented and its basic principles are introduced. Graded refractive index fiber and pigtailed fiber are used in the absorption air chamber to enhance the coupling stability. The impact of the background power is eliminated by using the third-harmonic modelocking technique. A lock-in amplifier is utilized to ensure that the output laser wavelength is locked at the C2H2 absorption line of 1530.37 nm. The frequency stability reaches 10-8 within 24 h.

  5. Porous photonic crystal external cavity laser biosensor

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    Huang, Qinglan; Peh, Jessie; Hergenrother, Paul J.; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2016-08-01

    We report the design, fabrication, and testing of a photonic crystal (PC) biosensor structure that incorporates a porous high refractive index TiO2 dielectric film that enables immobilization of capture proteins within an enhanced surface-area volume that spatially overlaps with the regions of resonant electromagnetic fields where biomolecular binding can produce the greatest shifts in photonic crystal resonant wavelength. Despite the nanoscale porosity of the sensor structure, the PC slab exhibits narrowband and high efficiency resonant reflection, enabling the structure to serve as a wavelength-tunable element of an external cavity laser. In the context of sensing small molecule interactions with much larger immobilized proteins, we demonstrate that the porous structure provides 3.7× larger biosensor signals than an equivalent nonporous structure, while the external cavity laser (ECL) detection method provides capability for sensing picometer-scale shifts in the PC resonant wavelength caused by small molecule binding. The porous ECL achieves a record high figure of merit for label-free optical biosensors.

  6. Porous photonic crystal external cavity laser biosensor

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    Huang, Qinglan [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Peh, Jessie; Hergenrother, Paul J. [Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Cunningham, Brian T. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    2016-08-15

    We report the design, fabrication, and testing of a photonic crystal (PC) biosensor structure that incorporates a porous high refractive index TiO{sub 2} dielectric film that enables immobilization of capture proteins within an enhanced surface-area volume that spatially overlaps with the regions of resonant electromagnetic fields where biomolecular binding can produce the greatest shifts in photonic crystal resonant wavelength. Despite the nanoscale porosity of the sensor structure, the PC slab exhibits narrowband and high efficiency resonant reflection, enabling the structure to serve as a wavelength-tunable element of an external cavity laser. In the context of sensing small molecule interactions with much larger immobilized proteins, we demonstrate that the porous structure provides 3.7× larger biosensor signals than an equivalent nonporous structure, while the external cavity laser (ECL) detection method provides capability for sensing picometer-scale shifts in the PC resonant wavelength caused by small molecule binding. The porous ECL achieves a record high figure of merit for label-free optical biosensors.

  7. Plasmonic external cavity laser refractometric sensor.

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    Zhang, Meng; Lu, Meng; Ge, Chun; Cunningham, Brian T

    2014-08-25

    Combining the high sensitivity properties of surface plasmon resonance refractive index sensing with a tunable external cavity laser, we demonstrate a plasmonic external cavity laser (ECL) for high resolution refractometric sensing. The plasmonic ECL utilizes a plasmonic crystal with extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) as the wavelength-selective element, and achieves single mode lasing at the transmission peak of the EOT resonance. The plasmonic ECL refractometric sensor maintains the high sensitivity of a plasmonic crystal sensor, while simultaneously providing a narrow spectral linewidth through lasing emission, resulting in a record high figure of merit for refractometric sensing with an active or passive optical resonator. We demonstrate single-mode and continuous-wave operation of the electrically-pumped laser system, and show the ability to measure refractive index changes with a 3σ detection limit of 1.79 × 10(-6) RIU. The demonstrated approach is a promising path towards label-free optical biosensing with enhanced signal-to-noise ratios for challenging applications in small molecule drug discovery and pathogen sensing.

  8. Coupled external cavity photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence.

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    Pokhriyal, Anusha; Lu, Meng; Ge, Chun; Cunningham, Brian T

    2014-05-01

    We report a fundamentally new approach to enhance fluorescence in which surface adsorbed fluorophore-tagged biomolecules are excited on a photonic crystal surface that functions as a narrow bandwidth and tunable mirror of an external cavity laser. This scheme leads to ∼10× increase in the electromagnetic enhancement factor compared to ordinary photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence. In our experiments, the cavity automatically tunes its lasing wavelength to the resonance wavelength of the photonic crystal, ensuring optimal on-resonance coupling even in the presence of variable device parameters and variations in the density of surface-adsorbed capture molecules. We achieve ∼10(5) × improvement in the limit of detection of a fluorophore-tagged protein compared to its detection on an unpatterned glass substrate. The enhanced fluorescence signal and easy optical alignment make cavity-coupled photonic crystals a viable approach for further reducing detection limits of optically-excited light emitters that are used in biological assays.

  9. Silicon reflectors for external cavity lasers based on ring resonators

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    Wang, Chao; Li, Xia; Jin, Hao; Yu, Hui; Yang, Jianyi; Jiang, Xiaoqing

    2017-01-01

    We propose and experimentally investigate types of silicon ring reflectors on Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) platform. These reflectors are used for realizing the silicon hybrid external cavity lasers. A suspended edge coupler is used to connect the reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) chip and the reflectors. The properties of the reflectors and the hybrid external cavity lasers with these reflectors are illustrated. The experimental results show that all of those reflectors have a high reflectivity and the highest reflectivity can up to be 95%. The lowest insertion loss can be as low as 0.4 dB. The output power of the hybrid external cavity lasers with these reflectors can reach mW magnitude and the highest output power is 6.1 mW. Over 30 dB side mode suppression ratio is obtained.

  10. Low frequency fluctuation with two external cavity reflectors

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    王春林; 伍剑; 林金桐

    2003-01-01

    The dynamics of a semiconductor laser with two optical feedbacks is studied in this paper. A new set of nonlinear rate equations that can describe external cavity semiconductor lasers with any amount of two optical feedbacks is proposed. It is found that when the laser is biased above the threshold and subjected to one feedback, the other feedback can induce low-frequency fluctuations.

  11. 25 kHz narrow spectral bandwidth of a wavelength tunable diode laser with a short waveguide-based external cavity

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    Oldenbeuving, R M; Offerhaus, H L; Lee, C J; Song, H; Boller, K -J

    2012-01-01

    We report on the spectral properties of a diode laser with a tunable external cavity in integrated optics. Even though the external cavity is short compared to other small-bandwidth external cavity lasers, the spectral bandwidth of this tunable laser is as small as 25 kHz (FWHM), at a side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) of 50 dB. Our laser is also able to access preset wavelengths in as little as 200 us and able to tune over the full telecom C-band (1530 nm - 1565 nm).

  12. High finesse external cavity VCSELs: from very low noise lasers to dual frequency lasers

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    Baili, Ghaya; Alouini, Medhi; Morvan, Loic; Bretenaker, Fabien; Sagnes, Isabelle; Garnache, Arnaud; Dolfi, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    Low noise-level optical sources are required for numerous applications such as microwave photonics, fiber-optic sensing and time/frequency references distribution. In this paper, we demonstrate how inserting a SC active medium into a centimetric high-Q external cavity is a simple way to obtain a shot-noise-limited laser source over a very wide frequency bandwidth. This approach ensures, with a compact design, a sufficiently long photon lifetime to reach the oscillation-relaxation- free class-A regime. This concept has been illustrated by inserting a 1/2-VCSEL in an external cavity including an etalon filter. A -156dB/Hz relative intensity noise level is obtained over the 100 MHz to 18 GHz bandwidth of interest. This is several orders of magnitude better than the noise, previously observed in VCSELs, belonging to the class-B regime. The optimization, in terms of noise, is shown to be a trade-off between the cavity length and the laser mode filtering. The transition between the class-B and class-A dynamical behaviors is directly observed by continuously controlling the photon lifetime is a sub-millimetric to a centimetric cavity length. It's proven that the transition occurs progressively, without any discontinuity. Based on the same laser architecture, tunable dual-frequency oscillation is demonstrated by reducing the polarized eigenstates overlap in the gain medium. The class-A dynamics of such a laser, free of relaxation oscillations, enables to suppress the electrical phase noise in excess, usually observed in the vicinity of the beat note. An original technique for jitter reduction in mode-locked VECSELs is also investigated. Such lasers are needed for photonic analog to digital converters.

  13. Towards monolithic integration of mode-locked vertical cavity surface emitting laser

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    Aldaz, Rafael I.

    2007-12-01

    The speed and performance of today's high end computing and communications systems have placed difficult but still feasible demands on off-chip electrical interconnects. However, future interconnect systems may need aggregate bandwidths well into the terahertz range thereby making electrical bandwidth, density, and power targets impossible to meet. Optical interconnects, and specifically compact semiconductor mode-locked lasers, could alleviate this problem by providing short pulses in time at 10s of GHz repetition rates for Optical Time Division Multiplexing (OTDM) and clock distribution applications. Furthermore, the characteristic spectral comb of frequencies of these lasers could also serve as a multi-wavelength source for Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) applications. A fully integrated mode-locked Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) is proposed as a low-cost high-speed source for these applications. The fundamental laser platform for such a device has been developed and a continuous-wave version of these lasers has been fabricated and demonstrated excellent results. Output powers close to 60mW have been obtained with very high beam quality factor of M2 unassisted ultrafast QD saturable absorbers, without the need to incorporate high concentrations of non radiative recombination centers by either ion-implantation or low temperature growth.

  14. The Complex Way to Laser Diode Spectra: Example of an External Cavity Laser With Strong Optical Feedback

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    Detoma, Enrico; Tromborg, Bjarne; Montrosset, Ivo

    2005-01-01

    An external cavity laser with strong grating-filtered feedback to an antireflection-coated facet is studied with a time-domain integral equation for the electric field, which reproduces the modes of the oscillation condition as steady-state solutions. For each mode, the stability and spectral...

  15. Variation of Lasing Wavelength of Fiber Grating Semiconductor Laser with Temperature for Different External Cavity Lengths

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    2003-01-01

    For different external cavity lengths, lasing wavelength variation of fiber grating external cavity semiconductor laser (FGECSL) with ambient temperature has been investigated theoretically, and the theoretical results are in agreement with reported experimental observations.

  16. Control of light polarization using optically spin-injected vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Frougier, J., E-mail: julien.frougier@thalesgroup.com; Jaffrès, H.; Deranlot, C.; George, J.-M. [Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-Thales and Université Paris Sud 11, 1 av. Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau (France); Baili, G.; Dolfi, D. [Thales Research and Technology, 1 av. Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau (France); Alouini, M. [Institut de Physique de Rennes, 263 Avenue Général Leclerc, 35042 Rennes (France); Sagnes, I. [Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures, Route de Nozay, 91460 Marcoussis (France); Garnache, A. [Institut d' électronique du Sud CNRS UMR5214, Université Montpellier 2 Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier (France)

    2013-12-16

    We fabricated and characterized an optically pumped (100)-oriented InGaAs/GaAsP multiple quantum well Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL). The structure is designed to allow the integration of a Metal-Tunnel-Junction ferromagnetic spin-injector for future electrical injection. We report here the control at room temperature of the electromagnetic field polarization using optical spin injection in the active medium of the VECSEL. The switching between two highly circular polarization states had been demonstrated using an M-shaped extended cavity in multi-modes lasing. This result witnesses an efficient spin-injection in the active medium of the LASER.

  17. A Digital Phase Lock Loop for an External Cavity Diode Laser

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    WANG Xiao-Long; TAO Tian-Jiong; CHENG Bing; WU Bin; XU Yun-Fei; WANG Zhao-Ying; LIN Qiang

    2011-01-01

    @@ A digital optical phase lock loop (OPLL) is implemented to synchronize the frequency and phase between two external cavity diode lasers (ECDL), generating Raman pulses for atom interferometry.The setup involves alldigital phase detection and a programmable digital proportional-integral-derivative (PID) loop in locking.The lock generates a narrow beat-note linewidth below 1 Hz and low phase-noise of 0.03rad2 between the master and slave ECDLs.The lock proves to be stable and robust, and all the locking parameters can be set and optimized on a computer interface with convenience, making the lock adaptable to various setups of laser systems.

  18. A Digital Phase Lock Loop for an External Cavity Diode Laser

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    Wang, Xiao-Long; Tao, Tian-Jiong; Cheng, Bing; Wu, Bin; Xu, Yun-Fei; Wang, Zhao-Ying; Lin, Qiang

    2011-08-01

    A digital optical phase lock loop (OPLL) is implemented to synchronize the frequency and phase between two external cavity diode lasers (ECDL), generating Raman pulses for atom interferometry. The setup involves all-digital phase detection and a programmable digital proportional-integral-derivative (PID) loop in locking. The lock generates a narrow beat-note linewidth below 1 Hz and low phase-noise of 0.03rad2 between the master and slave ECDLs. The lock proves to be stable and robust, and all the locking parameters can be set and optimized on a computer interface with convenience, making the lock adaptable to various setups of laser systems.

  19. External cavity beam combining of 21 semiconductor lasers using SPGD.

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    Montoya, Juan; Augst, Steven J; Creedon, Kevin; Kansky, Jan; Fan, Tso Yee; Sanchez-Rubio, Antonio

    2012-04-10

    Active coherent beam combining of laser oscillators is an attractive way to achieve high output power in a diffraction limited beam. Here we describe an active beam combining system used to coherently combine 21 semiconductor laser elements with an 81% beam combining efficiency in an external cavity configuration compared with an upper limit of 90% efficiency in the particular configuration of the experiment. Our beam combining system utilizes a stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) algorithm for active phase control. This work demonstrates that active beam combining is not subject to the scaling limits imposed on passive-phasing systems.

  20. External cavity diode laser with very-low frequency drift

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    Takamizawa, Akifumi; Yanagimachi, Shinya; Ikegami, Takeshi

    2016-03-01

    An external cavity diode laser with significant mechanical robustness was installed in a housing that was sealed from outside for eliminating variations in the refractive index of air. Using the feedback signal for a frequency lock, it was found that the variation in the laser frequency under free running was suppressed to 275 MHz over one month and depended on the room temperature. Moreover, the upper limit of the linear frequency drift rate was evaluated as intrinsically 40 Hz/s. The frequency lock is expected to be sustainable for more than 110 days with temperature-controlled housing.

  1. Artificial Neuron Based on Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Dot Mode-Locked Lasers.

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    Mesaritakis, Charis; Kapsalis, Alexandros; Bogris, Adonis; Syvridis, Dimitris

    2016-12-19

    Neuro-inspired implementations have attracted strong interest as a power efficient and robust alternative to the digital model of computation with a broad range of applications. Especially, neuro-mimetic systems able to produce and process spike-encoding schemes can offer merits like high noise-resiliency and increased computational efficiency. Towards this direction, integrated photonics can be an auspicious platform due to its multi-GHz bandwidth, its high wall-plug efficiency and the strong similarity of its dynamics under excitation with biological spiking neurons. Here, we propose an integrated all-optical neuron based on an InAs/InGaAs semiconductor quantum-dot passively mode-locked laser. The multi-band emission capabilities of these lasers allows, through waveband switching, the emulation of the excitation and inhibition modes of operation. Frequency-response effects, similar to biological neural circuits, are observed just as in a typical two-section excitable laser. The demonstrated optical building block can pave the way for high-speed photonic integrated systems able to address tasks ranging from pattern recognition to cognitive spectrum management and multi-sensory data processing.

  2. Artificial Neuron Based on Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Dot Mode-Locked Lasers

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    Mesaritakis, Charis; Kapsalis, Alexandros; Bogris, Adonis; Syvridis, Dimitris

    2016-12-01

    Neuro-inspired implementations have attracted strong interest as a power efficient and robust alternative to the digital model of computation with a broad range of applications. Especially, neuro-mimetic systems able to produce and process spike-encoding schemes can offer merits like high noise-resiliency and increased computational efficiency. Towards this direction, integrated photonics can be an auspicious platform due to its multi-GHz bandwidth, its high wall-plug efficiency and the strong similarity of its dynamics under excitation with biological spiking neurons. Here, we propose an integrated all-optical neuron based on an InAs/InGaAs semiconductor quantum-dot passively mode-locked laser. The multi-band emission capabilities of these lasers allows, through waveband switching, the emulation of the excitation and inhibition modes of operation. Frequency-response effects, similar to biological neural circuits, are observed just as in a typical two-section excitable laser. The demonstrated optical building block can pave the way for high-speed photonic integrated systems able to address tasks ranging from pattern recognition to cognitive spectrum management and multi-sensory data processing.

  3. Mode-locked InAs/InP quantum-dash-based DBR laser with monolithically integrated SOA

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    Joshi, Siddharth; Chimot, Nicolas; Barbet, Sophie; Accard, Alain; Lelarge, François

    2014-02-01

    We present the first demonstration of InAs/InP Quantum Dash based single-section frequency comb generator designed for use in photonic integrated circuits. The laser cavity is closed using a specific Bragg reflector without compromising the mode-locking performance of the laser. This enables the integration of single-section mode- locked laser on photonic integrated circuits as on-chip frequency comb source. As a demonstration, we integrate the Fabry Perot laser with a semiconductor optical amplifier. Such a device could be used for amplification or modulation of the frequency generated comb. We thus investigate the device operation to obtain a NRZ modulated comb.

  4. Tunable external cavity laser employing uncooled superluminescent diode.

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    Oh, Su Hwan; Kim, Ki Soo; Ju, Jung Jin; Kim, Min-Su; Yoon, Ki-Hong; Oh, Dae Kon; Noh, Young-Ouk; Lee, Hyung-Jong

    2009-06-08

    We have fabricated a tunable external cavity laser (T-ECL) based on a superluminescent diode and a polymeric waveguide Bragg reflector, providing a cost-effective solution for wavelength division multiplexing-passive optical network (WDM-PON) systems. The wavelength of the T-ECL is tuned through 100 GHz-spacing 16 channels by the thermo-optic tuning of the refractive index of the polymer waveguide at a low input power of 70 mW. The maximum output power and the slope efficiency of the uncooled diode at 20 (75) degrees C are 8.83 (3.80) mW and 0.107 (0.061) W/A, respectively. The T-ECL operated successfully in the direct modulation for 1.25 Gbit/s transmissions over 20 km.

  5. Intensity Tuning in Single Mode Microchip Nd:YAG Laser with External Cavity

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    TAN Yi-Dong; ZHANG Shu-Lian

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the characteristics of intensity tuning in a single mode microchip Nd:YAG laser with an external cavity. The undulation of laser intensity in a period of λ/2 change of the internal cavity length is observed.Two different optical feedback cases are performed. One is an external cavity reflector perfectly aligned and the other is an external cavity reflector tilted. However, the fluctuation frequency of laser intensity in a period of λ/2 change of the internal cavity length in these two cases is found to be determined by the ratio of external cavity length to internal cavity length. Meanwhile, for the tilted external cavity, the fluctuation frequency is also related to multiple feedbacks in the tilted external cavity.

  6. Tunable high-power blue external cavity semiconductor laser

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    Ding, Ding; Lv, Xueqin; Chen, Xinyi; Wang, Fei; Zhang, Jiangyong; Che, Kaijun

    2017-09-01

    A commercially available high-power GaN-based blue laser diode has been operated in a simple Littrow-type external cavity (EC). Two kinds of EC configurations with the grating lines perpendicular (A configuration) and parallel (B configuration) to the p-n junction are evaluated. Good performance has been demonstrated for the EC laser with B configuration due to the better mode selection effect induced by the narrow feedback wavelength range from the grating. Under an injection current of 1100 mA, the spectral linewidth is narrowed significantly down to ∼0.1 nm from ∼1 nm (the free-running width), with a good wavelength-locking behavior and a higher than 35 dB-amplified spontaneous emission suppression ratio. Moreover, a tuning bandwidth of 3.6 nm from 443.9 nm to 447.5 nm is realized with output power of 1.24 W and EC coupling efficiency of 80% at the central wavelength. The grating-coupled blue EC laser with narrow spectral linewidth, flexible wavelength tunability, and high output power shows potential applications in atom cooling and trapping, high-resolution spectroscopy, second harmonic generation, and high-capacity holographic data storage.

  7. Frequency and time domain analysis of an external cavity laser with strong filtered optical feedback

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    Detoma, Enrico; Tromborg, Bjarne; Montrosset, Ivo

    -signal analysis in the frequency domain allows a calculation of the range of operation without mode hopping around the grating reflectivity peak. This region should be as large as possible for proper operation of the tunable laser source. The analysis shows this stabilizing effect of mode coupling and gain......The stability properties of an external cavity laser with strong grating-filtered optical feedback to an anti-reflection coated facet are studied with a general frequency domain model. The model takes into account non-linear effects like four wave mixing and gain compression. A small...... copression in the lasing mode. An integral equation for the electrical field is derived from the frequency domain model and used for time domain simulations of large-signal behavior....

  8. Record bandwidth and sub-picosecond pulses from a monolithically integrated mode-locked quantum well ring laser.

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    Moskalenko, Valentina; Latkowski, Sylwester; Tahvili, Saeed; de Vries, Tjibbe; Smit, Meint; Bente, Erwin

    2014-11-17

    In this paper, we present the detailed characterization of a semiconductor ring passively mode-locked laser with a 20 GHz repetition rate that was realized as an indium phosphide based photonic integrated circuit (PIC). Various dynamical regimes as a function of operating conditions were explored in the spectral and time domain. A record bandwidth of the optical coherent comb from a quantum well based device of 11.5 nm at 3 dB and sub-picosecond pulse generation is demonstrated.

  9. Facet Reflection Coefficient of Phase-locked Diode Laser Array in an External Cavity

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    2003-01-01

    A diode laser array(DLA)positioned in an external cavity can receive the radiations emitted from its neighboring elements (C1) and that of itself (S) after being reflected at the DLA facet as well as from the external mirror (C0). Considering the fact that|C0/S| should be larger than unity if the external cavity is effective,and|C1/S| should be larger than unity if the phase locking may be established in the external cavity.The requirements on the reflection at the facet of the diode laser array have been specified in terms of the cavity length and reflection coefficient of the external mirror.

  10. A compact chaotic laser device with a two-dimensional external cavity structure

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    Sunada, Satoshi, E-mail: sunada@se.kanazawa-u.ac.jp; Adachi, Masaaki [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192 (Japan); Fukushima, Takehiro [Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Okayama Prefectural University, 111 Kuboki, Soja, Okayama 719-1197 (Japan); Shinohara, Susumu; Arai, Kenichi [NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Corporation, 2-4 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0237 (Japan); Harayama, Takahisa [NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Corporation, 2-4 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0237 (Japan); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyo University, 2100 Kujirai, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8585 (Japan)

    2014-06-16

    We propose a compact chaotic laser device, which consists of a semiconductor laser and a two-dimensional (2D) external cavity for delayed optical feedback. The overall size of the device is within 230 μm × 1 mm. A long time delay sufficient for chaos generation can be achieved with the small area by the multiple reflections at the 2D cavity boundary, and the feedback strength is controlled by the injection current to the external cavity. We experimentally demonstrate that a variety of output properties, including chaotic output, can be selectively generated by controlling the injection current to the external cavity.

  11. A Step Tunable External Cavity Semiconductor Laser for WDM Network Deployment

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    2003-01-01

    We put forward a kind of tunable external cavity semiconductor laser with feedback on both chip facets. It outputs the single-frequency laser with high side-mode suppression ratio and the frequency could be step tuned.

  12. Analysis of Trace Gas Mixtures Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser Sensor

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Brumfield, Brian E.; Kriesel, Jason M.

    2015-07-01

    We measure and analyze mixtures of trace gases at ppb-ppm levels using an external cavity quantum cascade laser sensor with a 1-second response time. Accurate spectral fits are obtained in the presence of overlapping spectra.

  13. Rapid Swept-Wavelength External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser for Open Path Sensing

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    Brumfield, Brian E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2015-07-01

    A rapidly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser system is used for open path sensing. The system permits acquisition of transient absorption spectra over a 125 cm-1 tuning range in less than 0.01 s.

  14. A low-temperature external cavity diode laser for broad wavelength tuning

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    Tobias, William G.; Rosenberg, Jason S.; Hutzler, Nicholas R.; Ni, Kang-Kuen

    2016-11-01

    We report on the design and characterization of a low-temperature external cavity diode laser (ECDL) system for broad wavelength tuning. The performance achieved with multiple diode models addresses the scarcity of commercial red laser diodes below 633 nm, which is a wavelength range relevant to the spectroscopy of many molecules and ions. Using a combination of multiple-stage thermoelectric cooling and water cooling, the operating temperature of a laser diode is lowered to -64 °C, more than 85 °C below the ambient temperature. The laser system integrates temperature and diffraction grating feedback tunability for coarse and fine wavelength adjustments, respectively. For two different diode models, single-mode operation is achieved with 38 mW output power at 616.8 nm and 69 mW at 622.6 nm, more than 15 nm below their ambient temperature free-running wavelengths. The ECDL design can be used for diodes of any available wavelength, allowing individual diodes to be tuned continuously over tens of nanometers and extending the wavelength coverage of commercial laser diodes.

  15. A low-temperature external cavity diode laser for broad wavelength tuning

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    Tobias, William G; Hutzler, Nicholas R; Ni, Kang-Kuen

    2016-01-01

    We report on the design and characterization of a low-temperature external cavity diode laser (ECDL) system for broad wavelength tuning. The performance achieved with multiple diode models addresses the scarcity of commercial red laser diodes below 633 nm, which is a wavelength range relevant to spectroscopy of many molecules and ions. Using a combination of multiple-stage thermoelectric cooling and water cooling, the operating temperature of a laser diode is lowered to -64{\\deg}C, more than 85{\\deg}C below the ambient temperature. The laser system integrates temperature and diffraction grating feedback tunability for coarse and fine wavelength adjustments, respectively. For two different diode models, single-mode operation was achieved with 38 mW output power at 616.8 nm and 69 mW at 622.6 nm, more than 15 nm below their ambient temperature free-running wavelengths. The ECDL design can be used for diodes of any available wavelength, allowing individual diodes to be tuned continuously over tens of nanometers ...

  16. External-cavity solid-state organic lasers: Design rules and application perspectives (Conference Presentation)

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    Chénais, Sébastien; Gallinelli, Thomas; Mhibik, Oussama; Blanchard, Cédric; Forget, Sébastien

    2016-09-01

    Among various laser architectures currently used to make lasers out of organic materials (distributed feedback lasers or organic vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers, ....), vertical EXTERNAL cavities have several distinctive features that enable making lasers with a high brightness, resulting from a combination of high efficiency and good beam quality, and also offer a superior flexibility to monitor the laser spectrum. In this talk I will highlight a few recent results on external-cavity organic lasers and reveal their potential through the example of a single mode organic laser device with an ultranarrow linewidth (art). From the material point of view, I will also show how ink-jet printing can be successfully used in vertical external-cavity organic lasers to make thick and optical-quality films that have the potential to be easily produced with a high throughput.

  17. Emergence of resonant mode-locking via delayed feedback in quantum dot semiconductor lasers.

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    Tykalewicz, B; Goulding, D; Hegarty, S P; Huyet, G; Erneux, T; Kelleher, B; Viktorov, E A

    2016-02-22

    With conventional semiconductor lasers undergoing external optical feedback, a chaotic output is typically observed even for moderate levels of the feedback strength. In this paper we examine single mode quantum dot lasers under strong optical feedback conditions and show that an entirely new dynamical regime is found consisting of spontaneous mode-locking via a resonance between the relaxation oscillation frequency and the external cavity repetition rate. Experimental observations are supported by detailed numerical simulations of rate equations appropriate for this laser type. The phenomenon constitutes an entirely new mode-locking mechanism in semiconductor lasers.

  18. Green high-power tunable external-cavity GaN diode laser at 515 nm

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    Chi, Mingjun; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2016-01-01

    A 480 mW green tunable diode laser system is demonstrated for the first time to our knowledge. The laser system is based on a GaN broad-area diode laser and Littrow external-cavity feedback. The green laser system is operated in two modes by switching the polarization direction of the laser beam ...

  19. Integrated Microwave Photonic Isolators: Theory, Experimental Realization and Application in a Unidirectional Ring Mode-Locked Laser Diode

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    Martijn J.R. Heck

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A novel integrated microwave photonic isolator is presented. It is based on the timed drive of a pair of optical modulators, which transmit a pulsed or oscillating optical signal with low loss, when driven in phase. A signal in the reverse propagation direction will find the modulators out of phase and, hence, will experience high loss. Optical and microwave isolation ratios were simulated to be in the range up to 10 dB and 20 dB, respectively, using parameters representative for the indium phosphide platform. The experimental realization of this device in the hybrid silicon platform showed microwave isolation in the 9 dB–22 dB range. Furthermore, we present a design study on the use of these isolators inside a ring mode-locked laser cavity. Simulations show that unidirectional operation can be achieved, with a 30–50-dB suppression of the counter propagating mode, at limited driving voltages. The potentially low noise and feedback-insensitive operation of such a laser makes it a very promising candidate for use as on-chip microwave or comb generators.

  20. Semiconductor Mode-Locked Lasers for Optical Communication Systems

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    Yvind, Kresten

    2003-01-01

    The thesis deals with the design and fabrication of semiconductor mode-locked lasers for use in optical communication systems. The properties of pulse sources and characterization methods are described as well as requirements for application in communication systems. Especially, the importance of......, and ways to reduce high-frequency jitter is discussed. The main result of the thesis is a new design of the epitaxial structure that both enables simplified fabrication and improves the properties of monolithic lasers. 40 GHz monolithic lasers with record low jitter and high power is presented as well...... as the first 10 GHz all-active monolithic laser with both short pulses and low jitter.Results from external cavity mode-locked lasers are also reported along with an investigation of the influence of the operating conditions on the performance of the device. Antireflection coatings are a critical limiting...

  1. Intensity modulation in single-mode microchip Nd:YAG lasers with asymmetric external cavity

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    Tan Yi-Dong; Zhang Shu-Lian; Liu Wei-Xin; Mao Wei

    2007-01-01

    Intensity modulation induced by the asymmetric external cavity in single-mode microchip Nd:YAG lasers is presented. Two kinds of experimental results are discussed based on multiple feedback effects. In one case, the intensity modulation curve is a normal sine wave, whose fringe frequency is four times higher than that of a conventional optical feedback system, caused by multiple feedback effects. In the other case, the intensity modulation curve is the overlapping of the above quadruple-frequency signal and conventional optical feedback signal, which is determined by the additional phase difference induced by the asymmetric external cavity. The theoretical analyses are in good agreement with the experimental results. The quadruple-frequency modulation of the laser output intensity can greatly increase the resolution of displacement measurement of an optical feedback system.

  2. Spectrally narrowed external-cavity high-power stack of laser diode arrays.

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    Zhu, H; Ruset, I C; Hersman, F W

    2005-06-01

    We describe an effective external cavity for narrowing the spectral linewidth of a multiarray stack of laser diode arrays. For a commercially available 279-W free-running five-array laser diode array operating at 60 A, we narrow the spectral linewidth to 0.40 nm at FWHM with 115 W of cw power output. This technique leads to the possibility of higher-efficiency, lower-cost production of hyperpolarized noble gases for magnetic resonance imaging.

  3. Power-efficient III-V/silicon external cavity DBR lasers.

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    Zilkie, A J; Seddighian, P; Bijlani, B J; Qian, W; Lee, D C; Fathololoumi, S; Fong, J; Shafiiha, R; Feng, D; Luff, B J; Zheng, X; Cunningham, J E; Krishnamoorthy, A V; Asghari, M

    2012-10-08

    We report the design and characterization of external-cavity DBR lasers built with a III-V-semiconductor reflective-SOA with spot-size converter edge-coupled to SOI waveguides containing Bragg grating mirrors. The un-cooled lasers have wall-plug-efficiencies of up to 9.5% at powers of 6 mW. The lasers are suitable for making power efficient, hybrid WDM transmitters in a CMOS-compatible SOI optical platform.

  4. Intracavity frequency-doubled green vertical external cavity surface emitting laser

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    Yanrong Song; Peng Zhang; Xinping Zhang; Boxia Yan; Yi Zhou; Yong Bi; Zhigang Zhang

    2008-01-01

    @@ An intracavity frequency-doubled vertical external cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) with green light is demonstrated. The fundamental frequency laser cavity consists of a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) of the gain chip and an external mirror. A 12-mW frequency-doubled output has been reached at 540 nm with a nonlinear crystal LBO when the fundamental frequency output is 44 mW at 1080 nm. The frequency doubling efficiency is about 30%.

  5. Extracavity and external cavity second-harmonic generation in a periodically poled silica fibre

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    Dontsova, E. I.; Kablukov, S. I.; Lobach, I. A.; Dostovalov, A. V.; Babin, S. A.; Gladyshev, A. V.; Dianov, E. M.; Corbary, C.; Ibsen, M.; Kazansky, P. G.

    2016-11-01

    We have studied second-harmonic generation (SHG) of a cw single-frequency ytterbium-doped fibre laser, using a periodically poled silica fibre as a nonlinear medium for frequency conversion. All-fibre external cavity SHG has been investigated for the first time. A twofold increase in second-harmonic power in a fibre ring cavity has been demonstrated and possibilities of further optimising the fibre scheme have been analysed.

  6. Actively controlled tuning of an external cavity diode laser by polarization spectroscopy.

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    Führer, Thorsten; Stang, Denise; Walther, Thomas

    2009-03-30

    We report on an universal method to achieve and sustain a large mode-hop free tuning range of an external cavity diode laser. By locking one of the resonators using a closed loop control based on polarization spectroscopy while tuning the laser we achieved mode-hop free tuning of up to 130 GHz with a non AR-coated, off-the-shelf laser diode.

  7. Green pulsed lidar-radar emitter based on a multipass frequency-shifting external cavity.

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    Zhang, Haiyang; Brunel, Marc; Romanelli, Marco; Vallet, Marc

    2016-04-01

    This paper investigates the radio frequency (RF) up-conversion properties of a frequency-shifting external cavity on a laser beam. We consider an infrared passively Q-switched pulsed laser whose intensity modulation results from the multiple round-trips in the external cavity, which contains a frequency shifter. The output beam undergoes optical second-harmonic generation necessary to reach the green wavelength. We model the pulse train using a rate-equation model to simulate the laser pulses, together with a time-delayed interference calculation taking both the diffraction efficiency and the Gaussian beam propagation into account. The predictions are verified experimentally using a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser passively Q-switched by Cr4+:YAG whose pulse train makes multiple round-trips in a mode-matched external cavity containing an acousto-optic frequency shifter driven at 85 MHz. Second-harmonic generation is realized in a KTP crystal, yielding RF-modulated pulses at 532 nm with a modulation contrast of almost 100%. RF harmonics up to the 6th order (1.020 GHz) are observed in the green output pulses. Such a RF-modulated green laser may find applications in underwater detection and ranging.

  8. Thermally Controlled Comb Generation and Soliton Modelocking in Microresonators

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    Joshi, Chaitanya; Luke, Kevin; Ji, Xingchen; Miller, Steven A; Klenner, Alexander; Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2016-01-01

    We report the first demonstration of thermally controlled soliton modelocked frequency comb generation in microresonators. By controlling the electric current through heaters integrated with silicon nitride microresonators, we demonstrate a systematic and repeatable pathway to single- and multi-soliton modelocked states without adjusting the pump laser wavelength. Such an approach could greatly simplify the generation of modelocked frequency combs and facilitate applications such as chip-based dual-comb spectroscopy.

  9. High frequency optoelectronic oscillators based on the optical feedback of semiconductor mode-locked laser diodes.

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    Haji, Mohsin; Hou, Lianping; Kelly, Anthony E; Akbar, Jehan; Marsh, John H; Arnold, John M; Ironside, Charles N

    2012-01-30

    Optical self seeding feedback techniques can be used to improve the noise characteristics of passively mode-locked laser diodes. External cavities such as fiber optic cables can increase the memory of the phase and subsequently improve the timing jitter. In this work, an improved optical feedback architecture is proposed using an optical fiber loop delay as a cavity extension of the mode-locked laser. We investigate the effect of the noise reduction as a function of the loop length and feedback power. The well known composite cavity technique is also implemented for suppressing supermode noise artifacts presented due to harmonic mode locking effects. Using this method, we achieve a record low radio frequency linewidth of 192 Hz for any high frequency (>1 GHz) passively mode-locked laser to date (to the best of the authors' knowledge), making it promising for the development of high frequency optoelectronic oscillators.

  10. Mode-locked semiconductor laser system with intracavity spatial light modulator for linear and nonlinear dispersion management.

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    Balzer, Jan C; Döpke, Benjamin; Brenner, Carsten; Klehr, Andreas; Erbert, Götz; Tränkle, Günther; Hofmann, Martin R

    2014-07-28

    We analyze the influence of second and third order intracavity dispersion on a passively mode-locked diode laser by introducing a spatial light modulator (SLM) into the external cavity. The dispersion is optimized for chirped pulses with highest possible spectral bandwidth that can be externally compressed to the sub picosecond range. We demonstrate that the highest spectral bandwidth is achieved for a combination of second and third order dispersion. With subsequent external compression pulses with a duration of 437 fs are generated.

  11. 1.38 W tunable high-power narrow-linewidth external-cavity tapered amplifier at 670 nm

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    Chi, Mingjun; Erbert, G.; Sumpf, B.;

    2010-01-01

    A diffraction-limited narrow-linewidth diode laser system based on a tapered amplifier in external cavity is demonstrated. 1.38 W output power is obtained. The laser system is tunable from 659 to 675 nm.......A diffraction-limited narrow-linewidth diode laser system based on a tapered amplifier in external cavity is demonstrated. 1.38 W output power is obtained. The laser system is tunable from 659 to 675 nm....

  12. Tunable single and dual mode operation of an external cavity quantum-dot injection laser

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    Biebersdorf, A [Photonics and Optoelectronics Group, Physics Department and CeNS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Amalienstrasse 54, D-80799 Munich (Germany); Lingk, C [Photonics and Optoelectronics Group, Physics Department and CeNS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Amalienstrasse 54, D-80799 Munich (Germany); De Giorgi, M [Photonics and Optoelectronics Group, Physics Department and CeNS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Amalienstrasse 54, D-80799 Munich (Germany); Feldmann, J [Photonics and Optoelectronics Group, Physics Department and CeNS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Amalienstrasse 54, D-80799 Munich (Germany); Sacher, J [Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH, Hannah Arendt Strasse 3-7, D-35037 Marburg (Germany); Arzberger, M [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Ulbrich, C [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Boehm, G [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Amann, M-C [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Abstreiter, G [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall, D-85748 Garching (Germany)

    2003-08-21

    We investigate quantum-dot (QD) lasers in an external cavity using Littrow and Littman configurations. Here, we report on a continuously tunable QD laser with a broad tuning range from 1047 to 1130 nm with high stability and efficient side mode suppression. The full-width at half-maximum of the laser line is 0.85 nm determined mainly by the quality of the external grating. This laser can be operated in a dual-mode modus, where the mode-spacing can be tuned continuously between 1.1 and 34 nm. Simultaneous emission of the two laser modes is shown by sum frequency generation experiments.

  13. 10-Gb/s direct modulation of polymer-based tunable external cavity lasers.

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    Choi, Byung-Seok; Oh, Su Hwan; Kim, Ki Soo; Yoon, Ki-Hong; Kim, Hyun Soo; Park, Mi-Ran; Jeong, Jong Sool; Kwon, O-Kyun; Seo, Jun-Kyu; Lee, Hak-Kyu; Chung, Yun C

    2012-08-27

    We demonstrate a directly-modulated 10-Gb/s tunable external cavity laser (ECL) fabricated by using a polymer Bragg reflector and a high-speed superluminescent diode (SLD). The tuning range and output power of this ECL are measured to be >11 nm and 2.6 mW (@ 100 mA), respectively. We directly modulate this laser at 10 Gb/s and transmit the modulated signal over 20 km of standard single-mode fiber. The power penalty is measured to be <2.8 dB at the bit-error rate (BER) of 10(-10).

  14. External-cavity diode lasers with different devices and collimating optics.

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    Kane, D M; Willis, A P

    1995-07-20

    Comparative operating characteristics of external-cavity diode lasers (ECDL's) with either a channel substrate planar device or a multi-quantum-well (MQW) device are presented. These include the output beam profile, which is significantly altered depending on the collimating lens used (either multielement or graded index), power versus injection-current characteristics, and the optical frequency and the rf spectra. The coherence lengths of the different laser diode-collimating-lens combinations in the ECDL are measured, and a new method for calculating the coupling coefficient and the coupled values of the internal quantum efficiency and the internal lumped loss is demonstrated for the MQW device.

  15. Laser absorption spectroscopy based on a broadband external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Sun, Juan; Liu, Ningwu; Deng, Hao; Ding, Junya; Sun, Jiancha; Zhang, Lei; Li, Jingsong

    2017-02-01

    A tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) system based on a broad band external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) near 7.78 μm was used to study volatile organic compounds (VOCs) measurements. Instead of using a standard infrared mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) detector, a quartz crystal tuning fork (QCTF) as a light detector was successfully used for laser signal detection. Fast Fourier transform (FFT) was used to extract vibration intensity information of QCTF. Primary results indicate that the new developed system has a good reproducibility, and a good agreement was obtained by comparing with data taken from standard spectroscopic database.

  16. Standoff Hyperspectral Imaging of Explosives Residues Using Broadly Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser Illumination

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    Bernacki, Bruce E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2010-05-01

    We describe experimental results on the detection of explosives residues using active hyperspectral imaging by illumination of the target surface using an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) and imaging using a room temperature microbolometer camera. The active hyperspectral imaging technique forms an image hypercube by recording one image for each tuning step of the ECQCL. The resulting hyperspectral image contains the full absorption spectrum produced by the illumination laser at each pixel in the image which can then be used to identify the explosive type and relative quantity using spectral identification approaches developed initially in the remote sensing community.

  17. Trace-gas sensing using the compliance voltage of an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.

    2013-06-04

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are increasingly being used to detect, identify, and measure levels of trace gases in the air. External cavity QCLs (ECQCLs) provide a broadly-tunable infrared source to measure absorption spectra of chemicals and provide high detection sensitivity and identification confidence. Applications include detecting chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals, monitoring building air quality, measuring greenhouse gases for atmospheric research, monitoring and controlling industrial processes, analyzing chemicals in exhaled breath for medical diagnostics, and many more. Compact, portable trace gas sensors enable in-field operation in a wide range of platforms, including handheld units for use by first responders, fixed installations for monitoring air quality, and lightweight sensors for deployment in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). We present experimental demonstration of a new chemical sensing technique based on intracavity absorption in an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL). This new technique eliminates the need for an infrared photodetector and gas cell by detecting the intracavity absorption spectrum in the compliance voltage of the laser device itself. To demonstrate and characterize the technique, we measure infrared absorption spectra of chemicals including water vapor and Freon-134a. Sub-ppm detection limits in one second are achieved, with the potential for increased sensitivity after further optimization. The technique enables development of handheld, high-sensitivity, and high-accuracy trace gas sensors for in-field use.

  18. Liquid detection with InGaAsP semiconductor lasers having multiple short external cavities.

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    Zhu, X; Cassidy, D T

    1996-08-20

    A liquid detection system consisting of a diode laser with multiple short external cavities (MSXC's) is reported. The MSXC diode laser operates single mode on one of 18 distinct modes that span a range of 72 nm. We selected the modes by setting the length of one of the external cavities using a piezoelectric positioner. One can measure the transmission through cells by modulating the injection current at audio frequencies and using phase-sensitive detection to reject the ambient light and reduce 1/f noise. A method to determine regions of single-mode operation by the rms of the output of the laser is described. The transmission data were processed by multivariate calibration techniques, i.e., partial least squares and principal component regression. Water concentration in acetone was used to demonstrate the performance of the system. A correlation coefficient of R(2) = 0.997 and 0.29% root-mean-square error of prediction are found for water concentration over the range of 2-19%.

  19. A digital frequency stabilization system of external cavity diode laser based on LabVIEW FPGA

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    Liu, Zhuohuan; Hu, Zhaohui; Qi, Lu; Wang, Tao

    2015-10-01

    Frequency stabilization for external cavity diode laser has played an important role in physics research. Many laser frequency locking solutions have been proposed by researchers. Traditionally, the locking process was accomplished by analog system, which has fast feedback control response speed. However, analog system is susceptible to the effects of environment. In order to improve the automation level and reliability of the frequency stabilization system, we take a grating-feedback external cavity diode laser as the laser source and set up a digital frequency stabilization system based on National Instrument's FPGA (NI FPGA). The system consists of a saturated absorption frequency stabilization of beam path, a differential photoelectric detector, a NI FPGA board and a host computer. Many functions, such as piezoelectric transducer (PZT) sweeping, atomic saturation absorption signal acquisition, signal peak identification, error signal obtaining and laser PZT voltage feedback controlling, are totally completed by LabVIEW FPGA program. Compared with the analog system, the system built by the logic gate circuits, performs stable and reliable. User interface programmed by LabVIEW is friendly. Besides, benefited from the characteristics of reconfiguration, the LabVIEW program is good at transplanting in other NI FPGA boards. Most of all, the system periodically checks the error signal. Once the abnormal error signal is detected, FPGA will restart frequency stabilization process without manual control. Through detecting the fluctuation of error signal of the atomic saturation absorption spectrum line in the frequency locking state, we can infer that the laser frequency stability can reach 1MHz.

  20. Narrow-line external cavity diode laser micro-packaging in the NIR and MIR spectral range

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    Jiménez, A.; Milde, T.; Staacke, N.; Aßmann, C.; Carpintero, G.; Sacher, J.

    2017-07-01

    Narrow-linewidth tunable diode lasers are an important tool for spectroscopic instrumentation. Conventional external cavity diode lasers offer high output power and narrow linewidth. However, most external cavity diode lasers are designed as laboratory instrument and do not allow portability. In comparison, other commonly used lasers, like distributed feedback lasers (DFB) that are capable of driving a handheld device, are limited in power and show linewidths which are not sufficiently narrow for certain applications. We present new miniaturized types of tunable external cavity diode laser which overcome the drawbacks of conventional external cavity diode lasers and which preserve the advantages of this laser concept. Three different configurations are discussed in this article. The three types of miniaturized external cavity diode laser systems achieve power values of more than 50 mW within the 1.4 μm water vapor absorption band with excellent side-mode suppression and linewidth below 100 kHz. Typical features outstand with respect to other type of laser systems which are of extended use such as DFB laser diodes. The higher output power and the lower linewidth will enable a higher sensitivity and resolution for a wide range of applications.

  1. Quantum modeling of semiconductor gain materials and vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser systems

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    Bueckers, Christina; Kuehn, Eckhard; Schlichenmaier, Christoph; Koch, Stephan W. [Department of Physics and Material Sciences Center, Philipps-University Marburg (Germany); Imhof, Sebastian; Thraenhardt, Angela [Faculty of Natural Sciences, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz (Germany); Hader, Joerg; Moloney, Jerome V. [Nonlinear Control Strategies, Inc., Tucson, AZ (United States); College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States); Rubel, Oleg [Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, Thunder Bay, ON (Canada); Department of Physics, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON (Canada); Zhang, Wei [Centre for Biophotonics, SIPBS, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom); Ackemann, Thorsten [SUPA and Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom)

    2010-04-15

    This article gives an overview of the microscopic theory used to quantitatively model a wide range of semiconductor laser gain materials. As a snapshot of the current state of research, applications to a variety of actual quantum-well systems are presented. Detailed theory-experiment comparisons are shown and it is analyzed how the theory can be used to extract poorly known material parameters. The intrinsic laser loss processes due to radiative and nonradiative Auger recombination are evaluated microscopically. The results are used for realistic simulations of vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser systems. To account for nonequilibrium effects, a simplified model is presented using pre-computed microscopic scattering and dephasing rates. Prominent deviations from quasi-equilibrium carrier distributions are obtained under strong in-well pumping conditions. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  2. Note: Demonstration of an external-cavity diode laser system immune to current and temperature fluctuations.

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    Miao, Xinyu; Yin, Longfei; Zhuang, Wei; Luo, Bin; Dang, Anhong; Chen, Jingbiao; Guo, Hong

    2011-08-01

    We demonstrate an external-cavity laser system using an anti-reflection coated laser diode as gain medium with about 60 nm fluorescence spectrum, and a Rb Faraday anomalous dispersion optical filter (FADOF) as frequency-selecting element with a transmission bandwidth of 1.3 GHz. With 6.4% optical feedback, a single stable longitudinal mode is obtained with a linewidth of 69 kHz. The wavelength of this laser is operating within the center of the highest transmission peak of FADOF over a diode current range from 55 mA to 142 mA and a diode temperature range from 15 °C to 35 °C, thus it is immune to the fluctuations of current and temperature.

  3. Littrow-type external-cavity blue laser for holographic data storage

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    Tanaka, Tomiji; Takahashi, Kazuo; Sako, Kageyasu; Kasegawa, Ryo; Toishi, Mitsuru; Watanabe, Kenjiro; Samuels, David; Takeya, Motonobu

    2007-06-01

    An external-cavity laser with a wavelength of 405 nm and an output of 80 mW has been developed for holographic data storage. The laser has three states: the first is a perfect single mode, whose coherent length is 14 m; the second is a three-mode state with a coherent length of 3 mm; and the third is a six-mode state with a coherent length of 0.3 mm. The first and second states are available for angular-multiplexing recording; all states are available for coaxial multiplexing recording. Due to its short wavelength, the recording density is higher than that of a 532 nm laser.

  4. Long-term frequency stabilization system for external cavity diode laser based on mode boundary detection.

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    Xu, Zhouxiang; Huang, Kaikai; Jiang, Yunfeng; Lu, Xuanhui

    2011-12-01

    We have realized a long-term frequency stabilization system for external cavity diode laser (ECDL) based on mode boundary detection method. In this system, the saturated absorption spectroscopy was used. The current and the grating of the ECDL were controlled by a computer-based feedback control system. By checking if there are mode boundaries in the spectrum, the control system determined how to adjust current to avoid mode hopping. This procedure was executed periodically to ensure the long-term stabilization of ECDL in the absence of mode hops. This diode laser system with non-antireflection coating had operated in the condition of long-term mode-hop-free stabilization for almost 400 h, which is a significant improvement of ECDL frequency stabilization system.

  5. High efficiency SHG of orbital angular momentum light in an external cavity

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    Zhou, Zhi-Yuan; Ding, Dong-Sheng; Jiang, Yun-Kun; Zhang, Wei; Shi, Shuai; Shi, Bao-Sen; Guo, Guang-Can

    2014-01-01

    Traditional methods for generating orbital angular momentum (OAM) light include holographic diffraction gratings, vortex phase plate and spatial light modulator. In this article, we report a new method for high efficient OAM light generation. By pumping an external cavity contains a quasi phase matching nonlinear crystal with a fundamental OAM carrying light and properly aligning the cavity, mode matching between the pump light and the cavitys higher order Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) mode is achieved, conversion efficiency up to 10.3 percentage have been obtained. We have demonstrated that the cavity can stably operate at its higher order LG mode just as Gaussian mode for the first time. The SHG light possesses a doubled OAM value with respect to the pump light. The parameters that affect the beam quality and conversion efficiency are discussed in detail. Our work opens a brand new field in laser optics, and makes the first step toward high efficiency OAM light processing.

  6. External cavity-quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) spectroscopy for protein analysis in bovine milk.

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    Kuligowski, Julia; Schwaighofer, Andreas; Alcaráz, Mirta Raquel; Quintás, Guillermo; Mayer, Helmut; Vento, Máximo; Lendl, Bernhard

    2017-04-22

    The analytical determination of bovine milk proteins is important in food and non-food industrial applications and yet, rather labour-intensive wet-chemical, low-throughput methods have been employed since decades. This work proposes the use of external cavity-quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) spectroscopy for the simultaneous quantification of the most abundant bovine milk proteins and the total protein content based on the chemical information contained in mid-infrared (IR) spectral features of the amide I band. Mid-IR spectra of protein standard mixtures were used for building partial least squares (PLS) regression models. Protein concentrations in commercial bovine milk samples were calculated after chemometric compensation of the matrix contribution employing science-based calibration (SBC) without sample pre-processing. The use of EC-QCL spectroscopy together with advanced multivariate data analysis allowed the determination of casein, α-lactalbumin, β-lactoglobulin and total protein content within several minutes.

  7. Scaling the spectral beam combining channel by multiple diode laser stacks in an external cavity

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    Meng, Huicheng; Ruan, Xu; Du, Weichuan; Wang, Zhao; Lei, Fuchuan; Yu, Junhong; Tan, Hao

    2017-04-01

    Spectral beam combining of a broad area diode laser is a promising technique for direct diode laser applications. We present an experimental study of three mini-bar stacks in an external cavity on spectral beam combining in conjunction with spatial beam combining. At the pump current of 70 A, a CW output power of 579 W, spectral bandwidth of 18.8 nm and electro-optical conversion efficiency of 47% are achieved. The measured M 2 values of spectral beam combining are 18.4 and 14.7 for the fast and the slow axis, respectively. The brightness of the spectral beam combining output is 232 MW · cm‑2 · sr‑1.

  8. Construction and characterization of external cavity diode lasers for atomic physics.

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    Hardman, Kyle S; Bennetts, Shayne; Debs, John E; Kuhn, Carlos C N; McDonald, Gordon D; Robins, Nick

    2014-04-24

    Since their development in the late 1980s, cheap, reliable external cavity diode lasers (ECDLs) have replaced complex and expensive traditional dye and Titanium Sapphire lasers as the workhorse laser of atomic physics labs. Their versatility and prolific use throughout atomic physics in applications such as absorption spectroscopy and laser cooling makes it imperative for incoming students to gain a firm practical understanding of these lasers. This publication builds upon the seminal work by Wieman, updating components, and providing a video tutorial. The setup, frequency locking and performance characterization of an ECDL will be described. Discussion of component selection and proper mounting of both diodes and gratings, the factors affecting mode selection within the cavity, proper alignment for optimal external feedback, optics setup for coarse and fine frequency sensitive measurements, a brief overview of laser locking techniques, and laser linewidth measurements are included.

  9. Mid-infrared gas absorption sensor based on a broadband external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Sun, Juan; Deng, Hao; Liu, Ningwu; Wang, Hongliang; Yu, Benli; Li, Jingsong

    2016-12-01

    We developed a laser absorption sensor based on a pulsed, broadband tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) centered at 1285 cm-1. Unlike traditional infrared spectroscopy system, a quartz crystal tuning fork (QCTF) as a light detector was used for laser signal detection. Fast Fourier transform was applied to extract vibration intensity information of QCTF. The sensor system is successfully tested on nitrous oxide (N2O) spectroscopy measurements and compared with a standard infrared detector. The wide wavelength tunability of ECQCL will allow us to access the fundamental vibrational bands of many chemical agents, which are well-suited for trace explosive, chemical warfare agent, and toxic industrial chemical detection and spectroscopic analysis.

  10. Piezo activated mode tracking system for widely tunable mode-hop-free external cavity mid-IR semiconductor lasers

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    Wysocki, Gerard (Inventor); Tittel, Frank K. (Inventor); Curl, Robert F. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A widely tunable, mode-hop-free semiconductor laser operating in the mid-IR comprises a QCL laser chip having an effective QCL cavity length, a diffraction grating defining a grating angle and an external cavity length with respect to said chip, and means for controlling the QCL cavity length, the external cavity length, and the grating angle. The laser of claim 1 wherein said chip may be tuned over a range of frequencies even in the absence of an anti-reflective coating. The diffraction grating is controllably pivotable and translatable relative to said chip and the effective QCL cavity length can be adjusted by varying the injection current to the chip. The laser can be used for high resolution spectroscopic applications and multi species trace-gas detection. Mode-hopping is avoided by controlling the effective QCL cavity length, the external cavity length, and the grating angle so as to replicate a virtual pivot point.

  11. Experimental demonstration of change of dynamical properties of a passively mode-locked semiconductor laser subject to dual optical feedback by dual full delay-range tuning.

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    Nikiforov, O; Jaurigue, L; Drzewietzki, L; Lüdge, K; Breuer, S

    2016-06-27

    In this contribution we experimentally demonstrate the change and improvement of dynamical properties of a passively mode-locked semiconductor laser subject to optical feedback from two external cavities by coupling the feedback pulses back into the gain segment. Hereby, we tune the full delay-phase of the pulse-to-pulse period of both external cavities separately and demonstrate the change of the repetition rate, timing jitter, multi-pulse formation and side-band suppression for the first time for such a dual feedback configuration. In addition, we thereby confirm modeling predictions by achieving both a good qualitative and quantitative agreement of experimental and simulated results. Our findings suggest a path towards the realization of side-band free all-optical photonic oscillators based on mode-locked lasers.

  12. A grating-coupled external cavity InAs/InP quantum dot laser with 85-nm tuning range

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    Wei, Heng; Jin, Peng; Luo, Shuai; Ji, Hai-Ming; Yang, Tao; Li, Xin-Kun; Wu, Jian; An, Qi; Wu, Yan-Hua; Chen, Hong-Mei; Wang, Fei-Fei; Wu, Ju; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2013-09-01

    The optical performance of a grating-coupled external cavity laser based on InAs/InP quantum dots is investigated. Continuous tuning from 1391 nm to 1468 nm is realized at an injection current of 1900 mA. With the injection current increasing to 2300 mA, the tuning is blue shifted to some extent to the range from 1383 nm to 1461 nm. By combining the effect of the injection current with the grating tuning, the total tuning bandwidth of the external cavity quantum-dot laser can reach up to 85 nm. The dependence of the threshold current on the tuning wavelength is also presented.

  13. Development and commercialization of mode-locked VECSELs

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    Hempler, Nils; Bialkowski, Bartlomiej; Hamilton, Craig J.; Maker, Gareth T.; Malcolm, Graeme P. A.

    2015-03-01

    This paper will describe the current state-of-the-art in commercial mode-locked Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSEL) and demonstrate their efficacy in key applications. Based on indium gallium arsenide quantum well gain structures, our systems operate between 920 nm - 1050 nm with >1 W output powers, 200 MHz pulse repetition rate and duration. Crucially, the development issues that have been overcome to bring this promising technology to market will be discussed. These include: thermal management challenges, electronic control system development and robust mechanical design requirements. Having the potential to replace more conventional titanium sapphire laser technology where wavelength flexibility can be traded off against a significantly lower cost point and form factor, we will discuss the use of VECSELs in key applications such as nonlinear microscopy.

  14. Use of external cavity quantum cascade laser compliance voltage in real-time trace gas sensing of multiple chemicals

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Kriesel, Jason M.

    2015-02-08

    We describe a prototype trace gas sensor designed for real-time detection of multiple chemicals. The sensor uses an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) swept over its tuning range of 940-1075 cm-1 (9.30-10.7 µm) at a 10 Hz repetition rate.

  15. Absorption and wavelength modulation spectroscopy of NO2 using a tunable, external cavity continuous wave quantum cascade laser.

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    Karpf, Andreas; Rao, Gottipaty N

    2009-01-10

    The absorption spectra and wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) of NO(2) using a tunable, external cavity CW quantum cascade laser operating at room temperature in the region of 1625 to 1645 cm(-1) are reported. The external cavity quantum cascade laser enabled us to record continuous absorption spectra of low concentrations of NO(2) over a broad range (approximately 16 cm(-1)), demonstrating the potential for simultaneously recording the complex spectra of multiple species. This capability allows the identification of a particular species of interest with high sensitivity and selectivity. The measured spectra are in excellent agreement with the spectra from the high-resolution transmission molecular absorption database [J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005)]. We also conduct WMS for the first time using an external cavity quantum cascade laser, a technique that enhances the sensitivity of detection. By employing WMS, we could detect low-intensity absorption lines, which are not visible in the simple absorption spectra, and demonstrate a minimum detection limit at the 100 ppb level with a short-path absorption cell. Details of the tunable, external cavity quantum cascade laser system and its performance are discussed.

  16. High power external cavity laser diode arrays for the generation of hyperpolarized noble gases

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    Blasche, Gregory Paul

    Hyperpolarized noble gas magnetic resonance imaging promises to be a useful medical diagnostic tool due to its ability to image airways and brain function. A current limitation to widespread use is the time needed to generate gas quantities large enough for clinical patient imaging. Here I investigate line-narrowing of laser diode arrays in order to optimize the generation of hyperpolarized noble gases. Hyperpolarized noble gases are nuclear spin-½ isotopes that are polarized externally to have a large excess population of metastable spin up nuclei. When inhaled and imaged, they provide a novel tool for scientific studies and medical diagnosis in the human body. The gases are generated through a spin-exchange process via the spin-conserving hyperfine interaction of noble gas nuclei and optically pumped alkali metals. The net amount of polarized gas is limited by the optical power which is absorbed by the alkali metals as this is the first stage in the spin-exchange process. Laser diode arrays are typically used because they have a high available power for relatively low cost. Unfortunately, they are optically inefficient due to the factor of twenty larger inherent linewidth relative to the pressure broadened absorption linewidth of the alkali metal. In order to increase the efficiency of the system, I have designed and built an external cavity around the laser diode array consisting of a diffraction grating which acts as a wavelength dependent mirror tuned to the alkali metal rubidium absorption frequency. This causes the laser to operate solely at the desired wavelength, reducing the linewidth. External cavities have long been used for single element laser diodes. I extend this technique to laser diode arrays by imaging the diodes onto the grating using a set of imaging lenses forming individual cavities. I discuss the limitations on the power and linewidth achievable due to the optics of the cavity, as well as limitations caused by non-uniform heating effects

  17. External cavity tunable quantum cascade lasers and their applications to trace gas monitoring.

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    Rao, Gottipaty N; Karpf, Andreas

    2011-02-01

    Since the first quantum cascade laser (QCL) was demonstrated approximately 16 years ago, we have witnessed an explosion of interesting developments in QCL technology and QCL-based trace gas sensors. QCLs operate in the mid-IR region (3-24 μm) and can directly access the rotational vibrational bands of most molecular species and, therefore, are ideally suited for trace gas detection with high specificity and sensitivity. These sensors have applications in a wide range of fields, including environmental monitoring, atmospheric chemistry, medical diagnostics, homeland security, detection of explosive compounds, and industrial process control, to name a few. Tunable external cavity (EC)-QCLs in particular offer narrow linewidths, wide ranges of tunability, and stable power outputs, which open up new possibilities for sensor development. These features allow for the simultaneous detection of multiple species and the study of large molecules, free radicals, ions, and reaction kinetics. In this article, we review the current status of EC-QCLs and sensor developments based on them and speculate on possible future developments.

  18. Standoff detection of turbulent chemical mixture plumes using a swept external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Phillips, Mark C. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington; Brumfield, Brian E. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    2017-08-21

    We demonstrate standoff detection of turbulent mixed-chemical plumes using a broadly-tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL). The ECQCL was directed through plumes of mixed methanol/ethanol vapor to a partially-reflective surface located 10 m away. The reflected power was measured as the ECQCL was swept over its tuning range of 930-1065 cm-1 (9.4-10.8 µm) at rates up to 200 Hz. Analysis of the transmission spectra though the plume was performed to determine chemical concentrations with time resolution of 0.005 s. Comparison of multiple spectral sweep rates of 2 Hz, 20 Hz, and 200 Hz shows that higher sweep rates reduce effects of atmospheric and source turbulence, resulting in lower detection noise and more accurate measurement of the rapidly-changing chemical concentrations. Detection sensitivities of 0.13 ppm*m for MeOH and 1.2 ppm*m for EtOH are demonstrated for a 200 Hz spectral sweep rate, normalized to 1 s detection time.

  19. High power, widely tunable, mode-hop free, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser for multi-species trace gas detection

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    Centeno, R.; Marchenko, D.; Mandon, J.; Cristescu, S. M.; Harren, F. J. M., E-mail: F.Harren@science.ru.nl [Life Science Trace Gas Facility, Molecular and Laser Physics, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, P.O. Box 9010, NL-6500 GL Nijmegen (Netherlands); Wulterkens, G. [TechnoCentrum, Radboud University, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    2014-12-29

    We present a high power, widely tunable, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser designed for infrared vibrational spectroscopy of molecules exhibiting broadband and single line absorption features. The laser source exhibits single mode operation with a tunability up to 303 cm{sup −1} (∼24% of the center wavelength) at 8 μm, with a maximum optical output power of 200 mW. In combination with off-axis integrated output spectroscopy, trace-gas detection of broadband absorption gases such as acetone was performed and a noise equivalent absorption sensitivity of 3.7 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1 }Hz{sup −1/2} was obtained.

  20. Tunable continuous-wave dual-wavelength laser by external-cavity superluminescent diode with a volume Bragg grating and a diffraction grating

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    Zheng, Yujin; Kurita, Takashi; Sekine, Takashi; Kato, Yoshinori; Kawashima, Toshiyuki

    2016-10-01

    We demonstrate the tunable continuous-wave dual-wavelength laser based on a double external-cavity superluminescent diode (SLD). The double external cavity consisted of a volume Bragg grating (VBG) and a diffraction grating bracketing the SLD's two facets. The VBG was used as an output coupler to enable the external-cavity SLD to achieve a stable wavelength. A narrow bandwidth of 0.25 nm was achieved in single-wavelength operation. The diffraction grating served as an end mirror to create another tunable wavelength external cavity for the SLD. A wavelength tuning range of 23 nm was achieved. The laser output of the double external-cavity SLD had a tunable spectral separation with dual-wavelengths from +6.42 to -16.94 nm. An output power of up to 37.7 mW was achieved with a frequency difference of 7.1 THz.

  1. Demonstration of a rapidly-swept external cavity quantum cascade laser for atmospheric sensing applications

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    Brumfield, Brian E.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Phillips, Mark C.; Suter, Jonathan D.

    2016-07-01

    The application of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) in atmospheric science for trace detection of gases has been demonstrated using sensors in point or remote sensing configurations. Many of these systems utilize single narrowly-tunable (~10 cm-1) distributed feedback (DFB-) QCLs that limit simultaneous detection to a restricted number of small chemical species like H2O or N2O. The narrow wavelength range of DFB-QCLs precludes accurate quantification of large chemical species with broad rotationally-unresolved vibrational spectra, such as volatile organic compounds, that play an important role in the chemistry of the atmosphere. External-cavity (EC-) QCL systems are available that offer tuning ranges >100 cm-1, making them excellent IR sources for measuring multiple small and large chemical species in the atmosphere. While the broad wavelength coverage afforded by an EC system enables measurements of large chemical species, most commercial systems can only be swept over their entire wavelength range at less than 10 Hz. This prohibits broadband simultaneous measurements of multiple chemicals in plumes from natural or industrial sources where turbulence and/or chemical reactivity are resulting in rapid changes in chemical composition on sub-1s timescales. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory we have developed rapidly-swept EC-QCL technology that acquires broadband absorption spectra (~100 cm-1) on ms timescales. The spectral resolution of this system has enabled simultaneous measurement of narrow rotationally-resolved atmospherically-broadened lines from small chemical species, while offering the broad tuning range needed to measure broadband spectral features from multiple large chemical species. In this talk the application of this technology for open-path atmospheric measurements will be discussed based on results from laboratory measurements with simulated plumes of chemicals. The performance offered by the system for simultaneous detection of multiple chemical

  2. Wavelength beam combining of a 980-nm tapered diode laser bar in an external cavity

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    Vijayakumar, Deepak; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Thestrup, Birgitte

    2010-04-01

    High power diode lasers are used in a large number of applications. A limiting factor for more widespread use of broad area lasers is the poor beam quality. Gain guided tapered diode lasers are ideal candidates for industrial applications that demands watt level output power with good beam quality. By adapting a bar geometry, the output power could be scaled even up to several tens of watts. Unfortunately, the high divergence which is a characteristic feature of the bar geometry could lead to a degradation of the overall beam quality of the laser bar. However, spectral beam combining is an effective solution for preserving the beam quality of the bar in the range of that of a single emitter and at the same time, enabling the power scaling. We report spectral beam combining applied to a 12 emitter tapered laser bar at 980 nm. The external cavity has been designed for a wavelength separation of 4.0 nm between the emitters. An output power of 9 W has been achieved at an operating current of 30 A. The combined beam had an M2 value (1/e2) of 5.3 along the slow axis which is comparable to that of a single tapered emitter on the laser bar. The overall beam combining efficiency was measured to be 63%. The output spectrum of the individual emitters was narrowed considerably. In the free running mode, the individual emitters displayed a broad spectrum of the order of 0.5-1.0 nm while the spectral width has been reduced to 30-100 pm in the spectral beam combining mode.

  3. Broadband spectroscopy with external cavity quantum cascade lasers beyond conventional absorption measurements.

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    Lambrecht, Armin; Pfeifer, Marcel; Konz, Werner; Herbst, Johannes; Axtmann, Felix

    2014-05-07

    Laser spectroscopy is a powerful tool for analyzing small molecules, i.e. in the gas phase. In the mid-infrared spectral region quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) have been established as the most frequently used laser radiation source. Spectroscopy of larger molecules in the gas phase, of complex mixtures, and analysis in the liquid phase requires a broader tuning range and is thus still the domain of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. However, the development of tunable external cavity (EC) QCLs is starting to change this situation. The main advantage of QCLs is their high spectral emission power that is enhanced by a factor of 10(4) compared with thermal light sources. Obviously, transmission measurements with EC-QCLs in strongly absorbing samples are feasible, which can hardly be measured by FTIR due to detector noise limitations. We show that the high power of EC-QCLs facilitates spectroscopy beyond simple absorption measurements. Starting from QCL experiments with liquid samples, we show results of fiber evanescent field analysis (FEFA) to detect pesticides in drinking water. FEFA is a special case of attenuated total reflection spectroscopy. Furthermore, powerful CW EC-QCLs enable fast vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy of chiral molecules in the liquid phase - a technique which is very time consuming with standard FTIR equipment. We present results obtained for the chiral compound 1,1'-bi-2-naphthol (BINOL). Finally, powerful CW EC-QCLs enable the application of laser photothermal emission spectroscopy (LPTES). We demonstrate this for a narrowband and broadband absorber in the gas phase. All three techniques have great potential for MIR process analytical applications.

  4. Wideband digitally tunable lasers based on fiber Bragg grating external cavity array and 1×N optical switch

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    Haiwen Cai(蔡海文); Jianxin Geng(耿建新); Zuoren Dong(董作人); Gaoting Chen(陈高庭); Zujie Fang(方祖捷)

    2003-01-01

    A novel wideband digitally tunable laser based on fiber Bragg grating external cavities and 1 × N optical switch provides 5 ms fast tuning time with output power more than 1 dBm over whole C-band that is only limited by the laser emission bandwidth. Less than 50 pm wavelength drift over -10 to 55℃ temperature range make that the wavelength locker and monitor are not necessary in this tunable laser.

  5. A theoretical performance study of an external cavity fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer for displacement measurement

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    Arumugam, Kumar

    The objective of this research is to explore a mathematical model developed by Wilkinson and Pratt for the external cavity fiber-based Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) and to create a Michelson interferometer setup to validate a frequency modulation component of this model. A laser diode with nominal wavelength 635 nm is modulated by oscillating the diode current of maximum amplitude 22.62 mA to create correspondingly varying wavelength. Experiments are included to evaluate a rotating vector representation of the modulation harmonics in the signal received at the photodetector as of a cube corner translated by a piezo-electric actuator is displaced. Wavelength modulation as a function of diode current, the coherence length of the laser, and characteristics of the modulation harmonics are evaluated. A real time DAQ system and two lock-in amplifiers are utilized for detecting three side-band harmonics of the signal. For short range displacements this interferometer setup is monitored using a capacitance displacement sensor. The capacitance displacement measurement differed from the Michelson interferometer by 160 nm. The piezoelectric stage actuated with a 15 V Ramp signal produced 2.54 mum displacement of the cube corner. The setup is tested with Ramp signals of 75 V to 1.5 V and with the Ramp periods of 1 to 20 seconds to find the resolution of the interferometer, modulation of the wavelength sensitivity and the coherence length of the laser as 10.53 nm, 1.786 nm·A-1 and >1 m respectively. The best quadrature signal achieved corresponded to modulating the laser at amplitude of 18.86 mA at 1 kHz frequency with a path length difference of 6.35 mm. The amplitude comparison of side-band harmonics with Bessel function curves is consistent with a modulation amplitude of 1.28 rad corresponding to amplitude ratios of 0.5 (second and first) , 0.15 (third and second) and 0.06 (third and first) in the first through third Bessel function values.

  6. Mode-locking of an InAs Quantum Dot Based Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser Using Atomic Layer Graphene

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    2015-07-16

    disperse the graphene by physical adsorption on its surface. The dispersions are mixed with poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) in a polymer mixer. The...is a more bring color . The bottom structure shows the image of the structure after the incorporation of the GSAM in the VECSEL cavity. The single

  7. Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Lasers (EC-QCL): an application field for MOEMS based scanning gratings

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    Grahmann, Jan; Merten, André; Ostendorf, Ralf; Fontenot, Michael; Bleh, Daniela; Schenk, Harald; Wagner, Hans-Joachim

    2014-03-01

    In situ process information in the chemical, pharmaceutical or food industry as well as emission monitoring, sensitive trace detection and biological sensing applications would increasingly rely on MIR-spectroscopic anal­ysis in the 3 μm - 12 μm wavelength range. However, cost effective, portable, low power consuming and fast spectrometers with a wide tuning range are not available so far. To provide these MIR-spectrometer properties, the combination of quantum cascade lasers with a MOEMS scanning grating as wavelength selective element in the external cavity is addressed to provide a very compact and fast tunable laser source for spectroscopic analysis.

  8. Ultra-Stable Rubidium-Stabilized External-Cavity Diode Laser Based on the Modulation Transfer Spectroscopy Technique

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    QI Xiang-Hui; CHEN Wen-Lan; YI Lin; ZHOU Da-Wei; ZHOU Tong; XIAO Qin; DUAN Jun; ZHOU Xiao-Ji; CHEN Xu-Zong

    2009-01-01

    @@ We construct an ultra-stable external-cavity diode laser via modulation transfer spectroscopy referencing on a hyperfine component of the 87Rb D2 lines at 780 hm. The Doppler-free dispersion-like modulation transfer signal is obtained with high signal-to-noise-ratio. The instability of the laser frequency is measured by beating with an optical frequency comb which is phase-locked to an ultra-stable oven controlled crystal oscillator. The Allan deviation is 3.9×10-13 at 1s averaging time and 9.8×10-14 at 90s averaging time.

  9. 1300 nm optically pumped quantum dot spin vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Alharthi, S. S., E-mail: ssmalh@essex.ac.uk; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J. [School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ (United Kingdom); Orchard, J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom); Clarke, E. [EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, S1 3JD Sheffield (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-12

    We report a room temperature optically pumped Quantum Dot-based Spin-Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting laser (QD Spin-VECSEL) operating at the telecom wavelength of 1.3 μm. The active medium was composed of 5 × 3 QD layers; each threefold group was positioned at an antinode of the standing wave of the optical field. Circularly polarized lasing in the QD-VECSEL under Continuous-Wave optical pumping has been realized with a threshold pump power of 11 mW. We further demonstrate at room temperature control of the QD-VECSEL output polarization ellipticity via the pump polarization.

  10. Broadband tunable external cavity laser using a bent-waveguide quantum-dot superluminescent diode as gain device

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    Wu Jian; Lü Xue-Qin; Jin Peng; Meng Xian-Quan; Wang Zhan-Guo

    2011-01-01

    A broadband tunable grating-coupled external cavity laser is realized by employing a self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum-dot (QD) superluminescent diode (SLD) as the gain device. The SLD device is processed with a bent-waveguide structure and facet antireflection (AR) coating. Tuning bandwidths of 106 nm and 117 nm are achieved under 3-A and 3.5-A injection currents, respectively. The large tuning range originates essentially from the broad gain spectrum of self-assembled QDs. The bent waveguide structure combined with the facet AR coating plays a role in suppressing the inner-cavity lasing under a large injection current.

  11. Planar-waveguide external cavity laser stabilization for an optical link with 10(-19) frequency stability.

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    Clivati, Cecilia; Mura, Alberto; Calonico, Davide; Levi, Filippo; Costanzo, Giovanni A; Calosso, Claudio E; Godone, Aldo

    2011-12-01

    We stabilized the frequency of a compact planar-waveguide external cavity laser (ECL) on a Fabry-Perot cavity (FPC) through a Pound-Drever-Hall scheme. The residual frequency stability of the ECL is 10(-14), comparable to the stability achievable with a fiber laser (FL) locked to an FPC through the same scheme. We set up an optical link of 100 km, based on fiber spools, that reaches 10(-19) relative stability, and we show that its performances using the ECL or FL are comparable. Thus ECLs could serve as an excellent replacement for FLs in optical links where cost-effectiveness and robustness are important considerations.

  12. Stabilization and Shift of Frequency in an External Cavity Diode Laser with Solenoid-Assisted Saturated Absorption

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    HAN Shun-Li; CHENG Bing; ZHANG Jing-Fang; XU Yun-Fei; WANG Zhao-Ying; LIN Qiang

    2009-01-01

    A simple method to realize both stabilization and shift of the frequency in an external cavity diode laser (ECDL) is reported.Due to the Zeeman effect,the saturated absorption spectrum of Rb atoms in a magnetic field is shifted.This shift can be used to detune the frequency of the ECDL,which is locked to the saturated absorption spectrum.The frequency shift amount can be controlled by changing the magnetic field for a specific polarization state of the laser beam.The advantages of this tunable frequency lock include low laser power requirement,without additional power loss,cheapness,and so on.

  13. Broadband and high-speed swept external-cavity laser using a quantum-dot superluminescent diode as gain device

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    胡发杰; 金鹏; 吴艳华; 王飞飞; 魏恒; 王占国

    2015-01-01

    A wide wavelength tuning range swept external-cavity laser using an InAs/GaAs quantum-dot superluminescent diode as a gain device is demonstrated. The tunable filter consists of a polygon scanner and a grating in Littrow telescope-less configuration. The swept laser generates greater than 54-mW peak output power and up to 33-kHz sweep rate with a sweep range of 150 nm centered at 1155 nm. The effects of injection current and sweep rate on the sweep performance of the swept laser are studied.

  14. Compact optical displacement sensing by detection of microwave signals generated from a monolithic passively mode-locked laser under feedback

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    Simos, Christos; Simos, Hercules; Nikas, Thomas; Syvridis, Dimitris

    2015-05-01

    A monolithic passively mode-locked laser is proposed as a compact optical sensor for displacements and vibrations of a reflecting object. The sensing principle relies on the change of the laser repetition frequency that is induced by optical feedback from the object under measurement. It has been previously observed that, when a semiconductor passively mode locked laser receives a sufficient level of optical feedback from an external reflecting surface it exhibits a repetition frequency that is no more determined by the mode-locking rule of the free-running operation but is imposed by the length of the external cavity. Therefore measurement of the resulting laser repetition frequency under self-injection permits the accurate and straightforward determination of the relative position of the reflecting object. The system has an inherent wireless capability since the repetition rate of the laser can be wirelessly detected by means of a simple antenna which captures the microwave signal generated by the saturable absorber and is emitted through the wiring of the laser. The sensor setup is very simple as it requires few optical components besides the laser itself. Furthermore, the deduction of the relative position of the reflecting object is straightforward and does not require any processing of the detected signal. The proposed sensor has a theoretical sub-wavelength resolution and its performance depends on the RF linewidth of the laser and the resolution of the repetition frequency measurement. Other physical parameters that induce phase changes of the external cavity could also be quantified.

  15. Recent Advances and Applications of External Cavity-QCLs towards Hyperspectral Imaging for Standoff Detection and Real-Time Spectroscopic Sensing of Chemicals

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    Ralf Ostendorf

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available External-cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL are now established as versatile wavelength-tunable light sources for analytical spectroscopy in the mid-infrared (MIR spectral range. We report on the realization of rapid broadband spectral tuning with kHz scan rates by combining a QCL chip with a broad gain spectrum and a resonantly driven micro-opto-electro-mechanical (MOEMS scanner with an integrated diffraction grating in Littrow configuration. The capability for real-time spectroscopic sensing based on MOEMS EC-QCLs is demonstrated by transmission measurements performed on polystyrene reference absorber sheets, as well as on hazardous substances, such as explosives. Furthermore, different applications for the EC-QCL technology in spectroscopic sensing are presented. These include the fields of process analysis with on- or even inline capability and imaging backscattering spectroscopy for contactless identification of solid and liquid contaminations on surfaces. Recent progress in trace detection of explosives and related precursors in relevant environments as well as advances in food quality monitoring by discriminating fresh and mold contaminated peanuts based on their MIR backscattering spectrum is shown.

  16. Tuning range and output power optimization of an external-cavity GaN diode laser at 455  nm.

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    Chi, Mingjun; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2016-03-20

    In this paper we discuss how different feedback gratings affect the tuning range and the output power of external feedback diode laser systems. A tunable high-power narrow-spectrum external-cavity diode laser system around 455 nm is investigated. The laser system is based on a high-power GaN diode laser in a Littrow external-cavity. Both a holographic diffraction grating and a ruled diffraction grating are used as feedback elements in the external cavity. The output power, spectral bandwidth, and tunable range of the external cavity diode laser system are measured and compared with the two gratings at different injected currents. When the holographic grating is used, the laser system can be tuned over a range of 1.4 nm with an output power around 530 mW. When the ruled grating is used, the laser system can be tuned over a range of 6.0 nm with an output power around 80 mW. The results can be used as a guide for selecting gratings for external-cavity diode lasers for different requirements.

  17. Highly-efficient, diffraction-limited laser emission from a Vertical External Cavity Surface-emitting Organic Laser

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    Rabbani-Haghighi, Hadi; Chenais, Sebastien; Siove, Alain

    2010-01-01

    We report on a solid-state laser structure being the organic counterpart of the Vertical External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VECSEL) design. The gain medium is a poly (methyl methacrylate) film doped with Rhodamine 640, spin-casted onto the High-Reflectivity mirror of a plano-concave resonator. Upon pumping by 7-ns pulses at 532 nm, a diffraction-limited beam (M^2=1) was obtained, with a conversion efficiency of 43%; higher peak powers (2kW) could be attained when resorting to shorter (0.5 ns) pump pulses. The spectrum was controlled by the thickness of the active layer playing the role of an intracavity etalon; tunability is demonstrated over up to 20 nm.

  18. Eavesdropping in chaotic optical communication using the feedback length of an external-cavity laser as a key.

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    Zhao, Qingchun; Wang, Yuncai; Wang, Anbang

    2009-06-20

    An external-cavity laser (ECL) operating in a chaotic state is usually used in a chaotic optical secure communication system and its feedback length (FL) is often regarded as an additional key. Our analyses show that an eavesdropper's (Eve) laser can synchronize with a transmitter (Alice) without any knowledge of the FL by simply increasing the injection strength. A sequence of a 1 Gbit/s nonreturn-to-zero message encoded by the FL as the key is successfully eavesdropped. The reason for the synchronization deviation between Alice's and Eve's lasers is given. Our results indicate that the FL as a key cannot enhance the security of chaotic optical communication using long-ECLs.

  19. Lead-chalcogenide mid-infrared vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers with improved threshold: Theory and experiment

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    Fill, Matthias [ETH Zurich, Laser Spectroscopy and Sensing Lab, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Phocone AG, 8005 Zurich (Switzerland); Debernardi, Pierluigi [IEIIT-CNR, Torino 10129 (Italy); Felder, Ferdinand [Phocone AG, 8005 Zurich (Switzerland); Zogg, Hans [ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

    2013-11-11

    Mid-infrared Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSEL) based on narrow gap lead-chalcogenide (IV-VI) semiconductors exhibit strongly reduced threshold powers if the active layers are structured laterally for improved optical confinement. This is predicted by 3-d optical calculations; they show that lateral optical confinement is needed to counteract the anti-guiding features of IV-VIs due to their negative temperature dependence of the refractive index. An experimental proof is performed with PbSe quantum well based VECSEL grown on a Si-substrate by molecular beam epitaxy and emitting around 3.3 μm. With proper mesa-etching, the threshold intensity is about 8-times reduced.

  20. Broadband and high-speed swept external-cavity laser using a quantum-dot superluminescent diode as gain device

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    Hu, Fa-Jie; Jin, Peng; Wu, Yan-Hua; Wang, Fei-Fei; Wei, Heng; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2015-10-01

    A wide wavelength tuning range swept external-cavity laser using an InAs/GaAs quantum-dot superluminescent diode as a gain device is demonstrated. The tunable filter consists of a polygon scanner and a grating in Littrow telescope-less configuration. The swept laser generates greater than 54-mW peak output power and up to 33-kHz sweep rate with a sweep range of 150 nm centered at 1155 nm. The effects of injection current and sweep rate on the sweep performance of the swept laser are studied. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61274072) and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2013AA014201).

  1. The Study on the Performance of the Wavelength Conversion Based on a Tunable External Cavity Semiconductor Laser

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    YE Yabin; ZHANG Hanyi; ZHENG Xiaoping

    2001-01-01

    In this paper, the performance of the wavelength conversion based on a tunable external cavity semiconductor laser (ECL) was studied. The static wavelength conversion was achieved in the tunable wavelength range of the ECL. The dynamic wavelength conversions of 155 Mb/s and 622 Mb/s nonreturn to zero (NRZ) signals were realized. The simulation of the ECL output characteristics using modified compound cavity rate equation shows that the higher bit rate wavelength conversion can be realized by increasing the relaxation oscillation frequency of the ECL. When the modulated bit rate is much lower than the relaxation oscillation frequency, under a fixed input signal power, there is an optimal bias current for the wavelength converter based on ECL.

  2. Widely tunable, narrow linewidth external-cavity gain chip laser for spectroscopy between 1.0 - 1.1 um

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    Shin, Dong K; Khakimov, Roman I; Ross, Jacob A; Dedman, Colin J; Hodgman, Sean S; Baldwin, Kenneth G H; Truscott, Andrew G

    2016-01-01

    We have developed and characterised a stable, narrow linewidth external-cavity laser (ECL) tunable over 100 nm around 1080 nm, using a single-angled-facet gain chip. We propose the ECL as a low-cost, high-performance alternative to fibre and diode lasers in this wavelength range and demonstrate its capability through the spectroscopy of metastable helium. Within the coarse tuning range, the wavelength can be continuously tuned over 30 pm (7.8 GHz) without mode-hopping and modulated with bandwidths up to 3 kHz (piezo) and 37(3) kHz (current). The spectral linewidth of the free-running ECL was measured to be 22(2) kHz (Gaussian) and 4.2(3) kHz (Lorentzian) over 22.5 ms, while a long-term frequency stability better than 40(20) kHz over 11 hours was observed when locked to an atomic reference.

  3. Demonstration of a rapidly-swept external cavity quantum cascade laser for rapid and sensitive quantification of chemical mixtures

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    Brumfield, Brian E.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2016-02-13

    A rapidly-swept external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) system for fast open-path quantification of multiple chemicals and mixtures is presented. The ECQCL system is swept over its entire tuning range (>100 cm-1) at frequencies up to 200 Hz. At 200 Hz the wavelength tuning rate and spectral resolution are 2x104 cm-1/sec and < 0.2 cm-1, respectively. The capability of the current system to quantify changes in chemical concentrations on millesecond timescales is demonstrated at atmospheric pressure using an open-path multi-pass cell. The detection limits for chemicals ranged from ppb to ppm levels depending on the absorption cross-section.

  4. Optical Fiber Link with 1E-19 frequency stability using a Planar-Waveguide External Cavity Laser Diode

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    Clivati, Cecilia; Calonico, Davide; Levi, Filippo; Costanzo, Giovanni A; Calosso, Claudio E; Godone, Aldo

    2011-01-01

    We compare the performances of a compact planar-waveguide external cavity laser (ECL) and a traditional fiber laser (FL) frequency locked to a Fabry-P\\'erot cavity and demonstrate the possibility to use such ECL in an optical link for ultra stable frequency dissemination. A relative stability of the ECL of 1E-14 is obtained and an optical link of 100 km based on fiber spools has been realized, that reaches 2E-19 relative stability, limited by the system noise floor. The performances of ECL and FL are shown to be comparable. Thus, ECLs could be a better choice than FLs in longer optical links with amplification and regenerating stations, thanks to their cost-effectiveness, robustness and small size.

  5. Achieving single-lobed far-field patterns of broad area laser diode with external cavity feedback

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    Jianhong Ge(葛剑虹); Jun Chen(陈军); Andreas Hermerschmidt; H.J.Eichler

    2003-01-01

    We demonstrate a technique for single transverse mode operation of high-power broad area laser diode(BAL). In the experiment, the HR mirror is used as an external cavity mirror and the grating is used as a wavelength selective component. By tiling the HR mirror and the grating, the number of transverse modes oscillating in the cavity can be limited and the spectral bandwidth of the laser diode can be reduced. A single-lobed near diffraction-limited laser beam with the beam divergence (FWHM) of 0.43°, the spectral line-width of 0.7 nm and the output power of 350 mW are obtained. With the feedback, the power density of the output laser beam is increased 6 times in comparison with the free running.

  6. Investigation of double-mode operation and fast fine tuning properties of a grating-coupled external cavity diode laser configuration

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    Bayrakli, Ismail

    2017-01-01

    Double-mode operation and fast piezo fine tuning properties of a gain chip on a thermoelectric cooler in an external cavity are investigated. A widely course double-mode tuning range of 120 nm for the spectral range between 1470 and 1590 nm is achieved by rotating the diffraction gratings forming a double Littrow-type configuration. A fast piezo fine tuning range over 7cm-1 (1.5 nm, 210 GHz) in a single-mode operation is obtained by scanning the external cavity length with scan rates up to 0.5 kHz.

  7. Influence of kinetic hole filling on the stability of mode-locked semiconductor disk lasers

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    Moloney, Jerome V.; Kilen, Isak; Hader, Jorg; Koch, Stephan W.

    2016-03-01

    Microscopic many-body theory is employed to analyze the mode-locking dynamics of a vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser with a saturable absorber mirror. The quantum-wells are treated microscopically through the semiconductor Bloch equations and the light field using Maxwell's equations. Higher order correlation effects such as polarization dephasing and carrier relaxation at the second Born level are included and also approximated using effective rates fitted to second-Born-Markov evaluations. The theory is evaluated numerically for vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers with resonant periodic gain media. For given gain, the influence of the loss conditions on the very-short pulse generation in the range above 100 fs is analyzed. Optimized operational parameters are identified. Additionally, the fully microscopic theory at the second Born level is used to carrier out a pump-probe study of the carrier recovery in individual critical components of the VECSEL cavity such as the VECSEL chip itself and semiconductor or graphene saturable absorber mirrors.

  8. Short-lived species detection of nitrous acid by external-cavity quantum cascade laser based quartz-enhanced photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy

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    Yi, Hongming [Laboratoire de Physicochimie de l' Atmosphère, Université du Littoral Côte d' Opale, 189A, Av. Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France); Laboratory of Atmospheric Physico-Chemistry, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1125, 350 Shushanhu Road, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Maamary, Rabih; Fertein, Eric; Chen, Weidong, E-mail: chen@univ-littoral.fr [Laboratoire de Physicochimie de l' Atmosphère, Université du Littoral Côte d' Opale, 189A, Av. Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France); Gao, Xiaoming [Laboratory of Atmospheric Physico-Chemistry, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1125, 350 Shushanhu Road, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Sigrist, Markus W. [ETH Zurich, Institute for Quantum Electronics, HPT H4.1, Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)

    2015-03-09

    Spectroscopic detection of short-lived gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) at 1254.85 cm{sup −1} was realized by off-beam coupled quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) in conjunction with an external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL). High sensitivity monitoring of HONO was performed within a very small gas-sample volume (of ∼40 mm{sup 3}) allowing a significant reduction (of about 4 orders of magnitude) of air sampling residence time which is highly desired for accurate quantification of chemically reactive short-lived species. Calibration of the developed QEPAS-based HONO sensor was carried out by means of lab-generated HONO samples whose concentrations were determined by direct absorption spectroscopy involving a ∼109.5 m multipass cell and a distributed feedback QCL. A minimum detection limit (MDL) of 66 ppbv (1 σ) HONO was achieved at 70 mbar using a laser output power of 50 mW and 1 s integration time, which corresponded to a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 3.6 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1} W/Hz{sup 1/2}. This MDL was down to 7 ppbv at the optimal integration time of 150 s. The corresponding 1σ minimum detected absorption coefficient is ∼1.1 × 10{sup −7 }cm{sup −1} (MDL ∼ 3 ppbv) in 1 s and ∼1.1 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1} (MDL ∼ 330 pptv) in 150 s, respectively, with 1 W laser power.

  9. Dual-wavelength high-power diode laser system based on an external-cavity tapered amplifier with tunable frequency difference

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    Chi, Mingjun; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2012-01-01

    A dual-wavelength high-power semiconductor laser system based on a tapered amplifier with double-Littrow external cavity is demonstrated around 800 nm. The two wavelengths can be tuned individually, and the frequency difference of the two wavelengths is tunable from 0.5 to 10.0 THz. To our knowle...

  10. Long all-active monolithic mode-locked lasers with surface-etched bragg gratings

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    Larsson, David; Yvind, Kresten; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2007-01-01

    We have fabricated 4.4-mm-long monolithic InAlGaAsP–InP mode-locked lasers with integrated deeply surface etched distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) mirrors. The lasers produce 3.7-ps transform-limited Gaussian pulses with 10-mW average output power and 250-fs absolute timing jitter. The performance of the DBR lasers is compared to the performance of Fabry–PÉrot mode-locked lasers from the same wafer and to the performance of earlier reported long monolithic DBR mode-locked lasers and is found ...

  11. Equal-Amplitude Optical Pulse Generation from a Rational Harmonic Mode-Locked Fibre Laser

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    FENG Xin-Huan; YUAN Shu-Zhong; LI Yao; LIU Yan-Ge; KAI Gui-Yun; DONG Xiao-Yi

    2004-01-01

    A simple technique for the generation of equal-amplitude high repetition rate pulses from a rational harmonic mode-locked fibre ring laser is demonstrated. The principle is based on the combination of the nonlinear characteristics of the modulator and the effect of rational harmonic mode-locking. The two sources act on each other and the integrated effect eventually leads to the pulse amplitude-equalization. We obtain amplitude-equalized short pulses up to the fifth-order rational harmonic mode-locking with an optimum bias level and modulation depth of the modulator, which demonstrates the efficiency of this method.

  12. Long all-active monolithic mode-locked lasers with surface-etched bragg gratings

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    Larsson, David; Yvind, Kresten; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2007-01-01

    We have fabricated 4.4-mm-long monolithic InAlGaAsP–InP mode-locked lasers with integrated deeply surface etched distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) mirrors. The lasers produce 3.7-ps transform-limited Gaussian pulses with 10-mW average output power and 250-fs absolute timing jitter. The performance...... of the DBR lasers is compared to the performance of Fabry–PÉrot mode-locked lasers from the same wafer and to the performance of earlier reported long monolithic DBR mode-locked lasers and is found to be better....

  13. Rapid and Sensitive Quantification of Isotopic Mixtures Using a Rapidly-Swept External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Brumfield, Brian E.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2016-05-23

    A rapidly-swept external-cavity quantum cascade laser with an open-path Herriott cell is used to quantify gas-phase chemical mixtures of D2O and HDO at an update rate of 40 Hz (25 ms measurement time). The chemical mixtures were generated by evaporating D2O liquid near the open-path Herriott cell, allowing the H/D exchange reaction with ambient H2O to produce HDO. Fluctuations in the ratio of D2O and HDO on timescales of < 1 s due to the combined effects of plume transport and the H/D exchange chemical reaction are observed. Noise equivalent concentrations (1σ) (NEC) of 147.0 ppbv and 151.6 ppbv in a 25 ms measurement time are estimated for D2O and HDO respectively with a 127 m optical path. These NECs are reduced to 23.0 and 24.0 ppbv with a 1 s averaging time for D2O and HDO respectively. NECs < 200 ppbv are also estimated for N2O, F134A, CH4, Acetone, and SO2 for a 25 ms measurement time. Based on the NECs obtained for D2O and HDO, the isotopic precision for measurement of the [D2O]/[HDO] concentration ratio was studied. An isotopic precision of 33‰ and 5‰ was calculated for the current experimental conditions for measurement times of 25 ms and 1 s, respectively.

  14. Sensitive Raman gas analysis using a 500 mW external cavity diode laser at 410 nm

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    Li, Bin; Luo, Shiwen; Yu, Anlan; Gao, Jun; Sun, Pengfei; Wang, Xinbing; Zuo, Duluo

    2017-09-01

    Sensitive Raman gas analysis based on a home-made high power 410 nm Littrow-arranged external cavity diode laser (ECDL) and a parabolic sample cell is presented. Using a commercially available violet laser diode and a reflective holographic grating, the ECDL achieves a maximum output power of 505 mW with line-width about 50 pm. Spontaneous Raman scattering of ambient air is acquired with this ECDL, in which an imaging Raman spectrometer is applied. Strong Raman signals of O2, N2 and H2O are observed with 1 s exposure time; a limit of detection (LOD) of CO2 about 210 ppm is achieved with an exposure time of 100 s and a 3.5-fold enhancement to the signal level is also demonstrated compared with a 532 nm green laser with the same exciting power. The results show that violet diode laser can be an attractive excitation source for Raman gas analysis.

  15. External cavity based single mode Fabry-Pérot laser diode and its application towards all-optical digital circuits

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    Nakarmi, Bikash; Zhang, Xuping; Won, Yong Hyub

    2012-11-01

    We have proposed a novel approach of realizing all-optical logic gates and combinational circuit using external cavity based single mode Fabry-Pérot laser diodes (SMFP-LDs). Different techniques and critical parameters for injection locking the any one of the modes of SMFP-LDs are discussed. Taking consideration of wavelength detuning and input injected power, we have proposed and demonstrated multi-input injection locking, supporting beam injection locking with the conventional injection locking which are used for demonstrating different logic gates (NAND, AND, XNOR, XOR, NOT, NOR) and digital circuits (Half adder and Comparator). Since we have used SMFP-LDs, there is no requirement of additional probe beam and associated components as required by other optical technologies making the realization simple in configuration, cost effective and power efficient. Clear output waveforms, eye diagrams, risingfalling times and BER are presented to verify the proposed method. All-optical logic units and digital circuit are demonstrated at the data rate of 10 Gbps with the waveform of NRZ signal waveform and measured eye diagram and BER of the PRBS of 231-1 signal. The maximum power penalty among all demonstrated units is below 1.4 dB at the BER of 10-9.

  16. Ultrafast non-equilibrium carrier dynamics in semiconductor laser mode-locking

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    Hader, J.; Scheller, M.; Laurain, A.; Kilen, I.; Baker, C.; Moloney, J. V.; Koch, S. W.

    2017-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical results on the mode-locking dynamics in vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers with semiconductor and graphene saturable absorber mirrors are reviewed with an emphasis on the role of nonequilibrium carrier effects. The systems are studied theoretically using a fully microscopic many-body model for the carrier distributions and polarizations, coupled to Maxwell’s equations for the field propagation. Pump-probe measurements are performed with (sub-) 100 fs resolution. The analysis shows that the non-equilibrium carrier dynamics in the gain quantum-wells and saturable absorber medium significantly influences the system’s response and the resulting mode-locked pulses. The microscopic model is used to study the pulse build up from spontaneous emission noise and to determine the dependence of achievable pulse lengths and fluences on the amounts of saturable and non-saturable losses and the optical gain. The change of the group delay dispersion (GDD) on the pump level is examined and the dependence of the pulse lengths on the total amount of GDD is demonstrated experimentally. Theory-experiment comparisons are used to demonstrate the highly quantitative accuracy of the fully microscopic modeling.

  17. Modelocked mid-infrared frequency combs in a silicon microresonator

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    Yu, Mengjie; Griffith, Austin G; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2016-01-01

    Mid-infrared (mid-IR) frequency combs have broad applications in molecular spectroscopy and chemical/biological sensing. Recently developed microresonator-based combs in this wavelength regime could enable portable and robust devices using a single-frequency pump field. Here, we report the first demonstration of a modelocked microresonator-based frequency comb in the mid-IR spanning 2.4 {\\mu}m to 4.3 {\\mu}m. We observe high pump-to-comb conversion efficiency, in which 40% of the pump power is converted to the output comb power. Utilizing an integrated PIN structure allows for tuning the silicon microresonator and controling modelocking and cavity soliton formation, simplifying the generation, monitoring and stabilization of mid-IR frequency combs via free-carrier detection and control. Our results significantly advance microresonator-based comb technology towards a portable and robust mid-IR spectroscopic device that operates at low pump powers.

  18. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external cavity-quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Gong, L.; Lewicki, R.; Griffin, R. J.; Flynn, J. H.; Lefer, B. L.; Tittel, F. K.

    2010-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3) plays a significant role in atmospheric chemistry. It has many anthropogenic (e.g., agricultural crops and mineral fertilizers) and natural sources (e.g., animals, oceans, and vegetation) in the environment. In certain areas, industrial and motor vehicle activities also can contribute to increases in atmospheric NH3 levels. From a perspective of environmental concern, NH3 is a precursor of particulate matter (PM) because it can lead to production of ammonium salts (e.g., (NH4)2SO4 and NH4NO3) through chemical reactions with sulfuric and nitric acid. As a result, the abundance of NH3 in the atmosphere has a great impact on aerosol nucleation and composition. Despite this, NH3 is not regulated. It is crucial, however, to improve our understanding of the dynamics of NH3 in an industrial and urban area such as Greater Houston where atmospheric NH3 data are limited. In this study, a 10.4 µm external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL)-based sensor was developed and utilized. To monitor atmospheric NH3 at trace gas concentration levels, an amplitude modulated photo-acoustic spectroscopy (AM-PAS) technique was employed. The minimum detection limit obtained from the sensor is ~1.5 ppb for a 5-second data acquisition time. After averaging data over 300 seconds a sub-ppb NH3 concentration level can be achieved. The NH3 sensor has been deployed on the roof of a ~60-meter-high building (North Moody Tower) located on the University of Houston campus since November 2009. Several episodes of high NH3 concentrations were observed. For example, the sensor recorded a significant and lasting increase in NH3 concentrations (~21 ppb) on August 14, 2010, when a major accident occurred during the same time period on the Gulf Freeway (I-45) in Houston only 2 miles from the sampling site. The elevated concentration levels are assumed to be associated with NH3 generation from a chemical fire resulting from the collision involving two 18-wheelers, one carrying fertilizer

  19. An automatic mode-locked system for passively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Li, Sha; Xu, Jun; Chen, Guoliang; Mei, Li; Yi, Bo

    2013-12-01

    This paper designs and implements one kind of automatic mode-locked system. It can adjust a passively mode-locked fiber laser to keep steady mode-locked states automatically. So the unsteadiness of traditional passively mode-locked fiber laser can be avoided. The system transforms optical signals into electrical pulse signals and sends them into MCU after processing. MCU calculates the frequency of the signals and judges the state of the output based on a quick judgment algorithm. A high-speed comparator is used to check the signals and the comparison voltage can be adjusted to improve the measuring accuracy. Then by controlling two polarization controllers at an angle of 45degrees to each other, MCU extrudes the optical fibers to change the polarization until it gets proper mode-locked output. So the system can continuously monitor the output signal and get it back to mode-locked states quickly and automatically. States of the system can be displayed on the LCD and PC. The parameters of the steady mode-locked states can be stored into an EEPROM so that the system will get into mode-locked states immediately next time. Actual experiments showed that, for a 6.238MHz passively mode-locked fiber lasers, the system can get into steady mode-locked states automatically in less than 90s after starting the system. The expected lock time can be reduced to less than 20s after follow up improvements.

  20. Sub-20-Attosecond Timing Jitter Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers

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    Kim, Hyoji; Song, Youjian; Yang, Heewon; Shin, Junho; Kim, Chur; Jung, Kwangyun; Wang, Chingyue; Kim, Jungwon

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate 14.3-attosecond timing jitter [integrated from 10 kHz to 94 MHz offset frequency] optical pulse trains from 188-MHz repetition-rate mode-locked Yb-fiber lasers. In order to minimize the timing jitter, we shorten the non-gain fiber length to shorten the pulsewidth and reduce excessive higher-order nonlinearity and nonlinear chirp in the fiber laser. The measured jitter spectrum is limited by the amplified spontaneous emission limited quantum noise in the 100 kHz - 1 MHz offset frequency range, while it was limited by the relative intensity noise-converted jitter in the lower offset frequency range. This intrinsically low timing jitter enables sub-100-attosecond synchronization between the two mode-locked Yb-fiber lasers over the full Nyquist frequency with a modest 10-kHz locking bandwidth. The demonstrated performance is the lowest timing jitter measured from any free-running mode-locked fiber lasers, comparable to the performance of the lowest-jitter Ti:sapphire solid-state lasers.

  1. Implementation of electro-optic amplitude modulator in the external cavity of semiconductor laser for generation of periodic sates and chaos control

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    Kh Mabhouti

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, by placing the electro optical modulator (EOM into the external cavity of the semiconductor laser (SL and amplitude modulation of the optical feedback, the dynamical variation of the output intensity  of the laser has been studied. This is analyzed numerically via bifurcation and time series diagrams with respect to the applied amplitude modulation index, and modulation voltage frequency of the EOM. It has been shown that, by modulating the amplitude of the optical feedback beam, various changes in the types of the dynamics of  can be observed, and various periodic states can be generated. This makes it possible to receive the desired dynamics without any variations in the main parameters of the SL. Also, in present study, a method of chaos control in the SL has been presented based on EOM in the external cavity. The obtained results confirm that based on this method the chaotic dynamics can be controlled single-periodic dynamics

  2. Single-pass UV generation at 222.5 nm based on high-power GaN external cavity diode laser.

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    Ruhnke, N; Müller, A; Eppich, B; Güther, R; Maiwald, M; Sumpf, B; Erbert, G; Tränkle, G

    2015-05-01

    We demonstrate a compact system for single-pass frequency doubling of high-power GaN diode laser radiation. The deep UV laser light at 222.5 nm is generated in a β-BaB2O4 (BBO) crystal. A high-power GaN external cavity diode laser (ECDL) system in Littrow configuration with narrowband emission at 445 nm is used as pump source. At a pump power of 680 mW, a maximum UV power of 16 μW in continuous-wave operation at 222.5 nm is achieved. This concept enables a compact diode laser-based system emitting in the deep ultraviolet spectral range.

  3. Efficient quasi-three-level Nd:YAG laser at 946 nm pumped by a tunable external cavity tapered diode laser

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    Cheng, Haynes Pak Hay; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter;

    2010-01-01

    Using a tunable external cavity tapered diode laser (ECDL) pumped quasi-three-level Nd:YAG laser, a fivefold reduction in threshold and twofold increase in slope efficiency is demonstrated when compared to a traditional broad area diode laser pump source. A TEM00 power of 800 mW with 65% slope...... efficiency is obtained, the highest reported TEM00 power from any 946 nm Nd:YAG laser pumped by a single emitter diode laser pump source. A quantum efficiency of 0.85 has been estimated from experimental data using a simple quasi-three-level model. The reported value is in good agreement with published...... values, suggesting that the model is adequate. Improvement of the 946 nm laser due to the ECDL's narrow spectrum proves to be less significant when compared to its spatial quality, inferring a broad spectrum tapered diode laser pump source may be most practical. Experimental confirmation of such setup...

  4. Monolithic Multi-Colour 40 GHz Mode-Locked Laser Array

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    Hou, Lianping; Eddie, Iain; Marsh, John

    2016-01-01

    The monolithic integration of four 40 GHz multi-colored mode-locked lasers with a 4×1 MMI, four electroabsorption modulators and an SOA has been demonstrated. The shortest pulse widths are between 2.63 and 2.85 ps.

  5. A racetrack mode-locked silicon evanescent laser.

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    Fang, Alexander W; Koch, Brian R; Gan, Kian-Giap; Park, Hyundai; Jones, Richard; Cohen, Oded; Paniccia, Mario J; Blumenthal, Daniel J; Bowers, John E

    2008-01-21

    By utilizing a racetrack resonator topography, an on-chip mode locked silicon evanescent laser (ML-SEL) is realized that is independent of facet polishing. This enables integration with other devices on silicon and precise control of the ML-SEL's repetition rate through lithographic definition of the cavity length. Both passive and hybrid mode-locking have been achieved with transform limited, 7 ps pulses emitted at a repetition rate of 30 GHz. Jitter and locking range are measured under hybrid mode locking with a minimum absolute jitter and maximum locking range of 364 fs, and 50 MHz, respectively.

  6. $\\mathcal{PT}$-symmetric mode-locking

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    Longhi, Stefano

    2016-01-01

    Parity-time ($\\mathcal{PT}$) symmetry is one of the most important accomplishments in optics over the past decade. Here the concept of $\\mathcal{PT}$ mode-locking of a laser is introduced, in which active phase locking of cavity axial modes is realized by asymmetric mode coupling in a complex time crystal. $\\mathcal{PT}$ mode-locking shows a transition from single to double pulse emission as the $\\mathcal{PT}$ symmetry breaking point is crossed. The transition can show a turbulent behavior, depending on a dimensionless modulation parameter that plays the same role as the Reynolds number in hydrodynamic flows.

  7. Performance of a quantum-dot external-cavity laser based on digital micro-mirror device%基于DMD的外腔量子点激光器性能研究

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    成若海; 王海龙; 龚谦; 严进一; 汪洋; 柳庆博; 曹春芳; 岳丽

    2013-01-01

    In order to obtain more complete test data of quantum-dot external-cavity lasers,the InAs/InP quantum-dot external-cavity lasers using digital micro-mirror device (DMD) are successfully built up and their spectrum characteristics and the tuning range are measured.We also measure its tuning range and the corresponding change in the mode based on DMD quantum external cavity laser dots.The spectrum characteristics of InAs/InP quantum-dot external-cavity laser based on the grating and the DMD are compared theoretically and experimentally,and the differences between the reflection spectrum and angular dispersion are obtained.And a new method based on DMD will be applied to the external-cavity quantum-dot lasers.%为了取得更加完善的外腔量子点激光器(QDL)测试数据,构建了基于数字微镜器件(DMD,digital micro-mirror device)的InAs/InP量子点外腔QDL.测量了其光谱特性以及调谐范围,得到了基于DMD的外腔QDL调谐范围和相应的模式变化.在理论和实验上与基于光栅的外腔QDL性能进行了比较,得到了在角色散和反射光谱中与光栅的区别,实现了将DMD应用于外腔QDL中而获得的一种新方法.

  8. Control of chaos in an external-cavity multi-quantum-well laser subjected to dual-wedges and optical dual-feedback

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    YAN SenLin

    2009-01-01

    A multi-parameter chaos-control method used to control chaos in an external cavity multi-quantum-well (MQW) laser via the dual-wedges and external delayed optical dual-feedback is presented. The physical model of the laser dynamic is established under the conditions of the dual-wedges and dual-feedback light control. The frequency detuning and stable ranges of the control system are theoretically demon-strated. The optical-length of the feedback light may be adjusted by shifting horizontally or sliding the dual-wedges relatively in the external optical road, which will alter the delaying time and feedback in-tensity of the dual-feedback light. Accordingly, the multi-parameter chaos-control of the optical dual-feedback may be achieved physically. The numerical simulations approve that the chaotic laser may be controlled into a stable state, a single-periodic state and multi-periodic states, and the con-trolled periodic pulse power may be increased.

  9. Simultaneous frequency stabilization and high-power dense wavelength division multiplexing (HP-DWDM) using an external cavity based on volume Bragg gratings (VBGs)

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    Hengesbach, Stefan; Klein, Sarah; Holly, Carlo; Witte, Ulrich; Traub, Martin; Hoffmann, Dieter

    2016-03-01

    Multiplexing technologies enable the development of high-brightness diode lasers for direct industrial applications. We present a High-Power Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer (HP-DWDM) with an average channel spacing of 1.7 (1.5) nm and a subsequent external cavity mirror to provide feedback for frequency stabilization and multiplexing in one step. The "self-optimizing" multiplexing unit consists of four reflective Volume Bragg Gratings (VBGs) with 99% diffraction efficiency and seven dielectric mirrors to overlay the radiation of five input channels with an adjustable channel spacing of 1-2 nm. In detail, we focus on the analysis of the overall optical efficiency, the change of the beam parameter product and the spectral width. The performance is demonstrated using five 90 μm multimode 9xx single emitters with M2angular intensity distribution changes strongly and the beam parameter product decreases by a factor of 1.2 to 1.9. Thereby the angular intensity distribution is more affected than the width of the beam waist. The spectral width per emitter decreases to 3-200 pm (FWHM) depending on the injection current and the reflectance of the feedback mirror (0.75%, 1.5%, 4%, 6% or 8%). The overall optical multiplexing efficiency ranges between 77% and 86%. With some modifications (e.g. enhanced AR-coatings) we expect 90-95%.

  10. Applications of external cavity diode laser-based technique to noninvasive clinical diagnosis using expired breath ammonia analysis: chronic kidney disease, epilepsy

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    Bayrakli, Ismail; Turkmen, Aysenur; Akman, Hatice; Sezer, M. Tugrul; Kutluhan, Suleyman

    2016-08-01

    An external cavity laser (ECL)-based off-axis cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy was applied to noninvasive clinical diagnosis using expired breath ammonia analysis: (1) the correlation between breath ammonia levels and blood parameters related to chronic kidney disease (CKD) was investigated and (2) the relationship between breath ammonia levels and blood concentrations of valproic acid (VAP) was studied. The concentrations of breath ammonia in 15 healthy volunteers, 10 epilepsy patients (before and after taking VAP), and 27 patients with different stages of CKD were examined. The range of breath ammonia levels was 120 to 530 ppb for healthy subjects and 710 to 10,400 ppb for patients with CKD. There was a statistically significant positive correlation between breath ammonia concentrations and urea, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, or estimated glomerular filtration rate in 27 patients. It was demonstrated that taking VAP gave rise to increasing breath ammonia levels. A statistically significant difference was found between the levels of exhaled ammonia (NH3) in healthy subjects and in patients with epilepsy before and after taking VAP. The results suggest that our breath ammonia measurement system has great potential as an easy, noninvasive, real-time, and continuous monitor of the clinical parameters related to epilepsy and CKD.

  11. Intensity- and phase-noise correlations in a dual-frequency vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser operating at telecom wavelength

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    De, Syamsundar; Baili, Ghaya; Bouchoule, Sophie; Alouini, Mehdi; Bretenaker, Fabien

    2015-05-01

    The amplitude and phase noises of a dual-frequency vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (DF-VECSEL) operating at telecom wavelength are theoretically and experimentally investigated in detail. In particular, the spectral behavior of the correlation between the intensity noises of the two modes of the DF-VECSEL is measured. Moreover, the correlation between the phase noise of the radio-frequency beat note generated by optical mixing of the two laser modes with the intensity noises of the two modes is investigated. All these spectral behaviors of noise correlations are analyzed for two different values of the nonlinear coupling between the laser modes. We find that to describe the spectral behavior of noise correlations between the laser modes, it is of utmost importance to have precise knowledge about the spectral behavior of the pump noise, which is the dominant source of noise in the frequency range of interest (10 kHz to 35 MHz). Moreover, it is found that the noise correlation also depends on how the spatially separated laser modes of the DF-VECSEL intercept the noise from a multimode fiber-coupled laser diode used for pumping both the laser modes. To this aim, a specific experiment is reported which aims at measuring the correlations between different spatial regions of the pump beam. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with a theoretical model based on modified rate equations.

  12. Measurement of air-refractive-index fluctuation from frequency change using a phase modulation homodyne interferometer and an external cavity laser diode

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    Ishige, Masashi; Aketagawa, Masato; Banh Quoc, Tuan; Hoshino, Yuta

    2009-08-01

    We present a method for air-refractive-index (nair) fluctuation measurement using a laser interferometer. The method is based on a combination of a phase modulation homodyne interferometer (PMHI), an external cavity laser diode (ECLD) and an ultralow thermal expansion material (ULTEM). The PMHI utilizes a Michelson interferometer which is constructed on the ULTEM plate under the condition of an air temperature fluctuation of less than 10 mK, so that the optical path change or the air-refractive-index fluctuation (Δnair) caused by the thermal disturbance can be neglected. Meanwhile, the ECLD is controlled by adjusting its frequency to track some of the dark fringes of the interferometer, so that Δnair can be derived from the ECLD frequency change. The uncertainty of the Δnair measurement in the experiment is of 10-8 order. However, it will be possible to decrease the uncertainty to 10-9 or less if the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the control system is improved.

  13. External Cavity Coherent Transmitter Modules

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    1990-11-01

    6-15) PSK Homodyne 282 kHz FP + FDG 40 (+) (25-37) to 565 kHz FP + BDd 40 (+) (15-25) *preferred structure (+) -Minimum Practical Design ** - Figure... polarization occurs, which contains combination frequencies wi± n(wO - wi), where n=1,2,3,... The different polarizations at these beat frequencies...reflectivity, we ignore tlie polarization of lasing field. 182 ttowever, the reflectivity depends strongly on the polarization of the field. I, 1:as beer

  14. Monolithic Hybrid and Passive Mode-Locked 40GHz Quantum Dot Laser Diodes

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    Thompson, M. G.; Larsson, David; Rae, A. R.

    2006-01-01

    For the first time hybrid and passive mode-locking jitter performance is investigated in 40GHz quantum-dot mode-locked lasers. Record low passive mode-locking jitter of 219fs is presented, along with promising hybrid mode-locking results of 124fs.......For the first time hybrid and passive mode-locking jitter performance is investigated in 40GHz quantum-dot mode-locked lasers. Record low passive mode-locking jitter of 219fs is presented, along with promising hybrid mode-locking results of 124fs....

  15. Monolithic Hybrid and Passive Mode-Locked 40GHz Quantum Dot Laser Diodes

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    Thompson, M. G.; Larsson, David; Rae, A. R.;

    2006-01-01

    For the first time hybrid and passive mode-locking jitter performance is investigated in 40GHz quantum-dot mode-locked lasers. Record low passive mode-locking jitter of 219fs is presented, along with promising hybrid mode-locking results of 124fs.......For the first time hybrid and passive mode-locking jitter performance is investigated in 40GHz quantum-dot mode-locked lasers. Record low passive mode-locking jitter of 219fs is presented, along with promising hybrid mode-locking results of 124fs....

  16. Pulse width tunable subpicosecond pulse generation from an actively modelocked monolithic MQW laser/MQW electroabsorption modulator

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    Takada, A.; Sato, K.; Saruwatari, M.; Yamamoto, M.

    1994-05-01

    Actively modelocked pulses are generated from a 1.59 micron MQW laser integrated with an MQW electroabsorption modulator driven at the monolithic cavity frequency. The pulse width is controlled from 39 ps to 0.55 ps by changing the inverse bias voltage applied to the electroabsorption modulator and by linear pulse compression using a fiber.

  17. Mode-locking via dissipative Faraday instability

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    Tarasov, Nikita; Perego, Auro M.; Churkin, Dmitry V.; Staliunas, Kestutis; Turitsyn, Sergei K.

    2016-08-01

    Emergence of coherent structures and patterns at the nonlinear stage of modulation instability of a uniform state is an inherent feature of many biological, physical and engineering systems. There are several well-studied classical modulation instabilities, such as Benjamin-Feir, Turing and Faraday instability, which play a critical role in the self-organization of energy and matter in non-equilibrium physical, chemical and biological systems. Here we experimentally demonstrate the dissipative Faraday instability induced by spatially periodic zig-zag modulation of a dissipative parameter of the system--spectrally dependent losses--achieving generation of temporal patterns and high-harmonic mode-locking in a fibre laser. We demonstrate features of this instability that distinguish it from both the Benjamin-Feir and the purely dispersive Faraday instability. Our results open the possibilities for new designs of mode-locked lasers and can be extended to other fields of physics and engineering.

  18. Mode-locking via dissipative Faraday instability.

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    Tarasov, Nikita; Perego, Auro M; Churkin, Dmitry V; Staliunas, Kestutis; Turitsyn, Sergei K

    2016-08-09

    Emergence of coherent structures and patterns at the nonlinear stage of modulation instability of a uniform state is an inherent feature of many biological, physical and engineering systems. There are several well-studied classical modulation instabilities, such as Benjamin-Feir, Turing and Faraday instability, which play a critical role in the self-organization of energy and matter in non-equilibrium physical, chemical and biological systems. Here we experimentally demonstrate the dissipative Faraday instability induced by spatially periodic zig-zag modulation of a dissipative parameter of the system-spectrally dependent losses-achieving generation of temporal patterns and high-harmonic mode-locking in a fibre laser. We demonstrate features of this instability that distinguish it from both the Benjamin-Feir and the purely dispersive Faraday instability. Our results open the possibilities for new designs of mode-locked lasers and can be extended to other fields of physics and engineering.

  19. Soliton mode-locking in optical microresonators

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    Herr, T; Gorodetsky, M L; Kippenberg, T J

    2012-01-01

    The discovery of mode-locking via saturable absorbers has led to optical femto-second pulses with applications ranging from eye-surgery to the analysis of chemical reactions on ultra-short timescales. In the frequency domain a train of such optical pulses corresponds to a frequency comb (equidistant optical laser lines spaced by the pulse repetition rate), which find use in precision spectroscopy and optical frequency metrology. Not relying on mode-locking, frequency combs can also be generated in continuously driven high-Q Kerr-nonlinear optical microresonators via cascaded four-wave mixing. Over the past years these Kerr-combs have been demonstrated in a variety of microresonator geometries. Applying a pulse-shaping mode locking mechanism, could enable compact femto-second pulse generators. However, conventional saturable absorbers are challenging to apply to microresonators, as they affect the high-quality-factor. Here, we report on passive mode-locking in microresonators without saturable absorber. This m...

  20. Fabrication and Characterisation of Low-noise Monolithic Mode-locked Lasers

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    Larsson, David

    2007-01-01

    This thesis deals with the fabrication and characterisation of monolithic semiconductor mode-locked lasers for use in optical communication systems. Other foreseeable applications may be as sources in microwave photonics and optical sampling. The thesis also deals with the design and fabrication...... of intracavity monolithically integrated filters. The common dnominator among the diffrent parts of the thesis is how to achieve and measure the lowest possible noise. Achieving low noise has been pinpointed as one of the most important and difficult challenges for semiconductor mode-locked lasers. The main...... result of this thesis are a fabrication process of a monolithic and deeply etched distributed Bragg reflector and a characterisation system for measurement of quantum limitid timing noise at high repetition rates. The Bragg reflector is a key component in achieving transform limited pulses with low noise...

  1. Long-term stable microwave signal extraction from mode-locked lasers

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    Kim, J.; Ludwig, F.; Felber, M.; Kärtner, F. X.

    2007-07-01

    Long-term synchronization between two 10.225 GHz microwave signals at +10 dBm power level, locked to a 44.26 MHz repetition rate passively mode-locked fiber laser, is demonstrated using balanced optical-microwave phase detectors. The out-of-loop measurement result shows 12.8 fs relative timing jitter integrated from 10 Hz to 10 MHz. Long-term timing drift measurement shows 48 fs maximum deviation over one hour, mainly limited by drift of the out-of-loop characterization setup itself. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time to demonstrate long-term (>1 hour) 3 mrad-level phase stability of a 10.225 GHz microwave signal extracted from a mode-locked laser.

  2. Increased reliability of passive mode-locking a multi-atmosphere TE CO2 laser by injection mode-locking

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    Goor, van F.A.

    1986-01-01

    By injection of manosecond pulses from an AM mode-locked TEA CO2 laser in a passive mode-locked multi-atmosphere TE CO2 laser the shot-to-shot reproducibility of the generated subnanosecond pulses was increased to almost 100%.

  3. Dark solitons in mode-locked lasers

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    Ablowitz, Mark J; Nixon, Sean D; Frantzeskakis, Dimitri J

    2010-01-01

    Dark soliton formation in mode-locked lasers is investigated by means of a power-energy saturation model which incorporates gain and filtering saturated with energy, and loss saturated with power. It is found that general initial conditions evolve into dark solitons under appropriate requirements also met in the experimental observations. The resulting pulses are well approximated by dark solitons of the unperturbed nonlinear Schr\\"{o}dinger equation. Notably, the same framework also describes bright pulses in anomalous and normally dispersive lasers.

  4. High-Power and Low-Noise 10-GHz All-Active Monolithic Mode-Locked Lasers with Surface Etched Bragg Grating

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    Larsson, David; Yvind, Kresten; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2007-01-01

    We have fabricated 4.4 mm long monolithic InAlGaAsP/InP mode-locked lasers with integrated deeply surface etched DBR-mirrors. The lasers produce 3.7 ps transform-limited Gaussian pulses with 10 mW average power and 250 fs timing jitter.......We have fabricated 4.4 mm long monolithic InAlGaAsP/InP mode-locked lasers with integrated deeply surface etched DBR-mirrors. The lasers produce 3.7 ps transform-limited Gaussian pulses with 10 mW average power and 250 fs timing jitter....

  5. Ultrafast erbium-doped fiber laser mode-locked with a black phosphorus saturable absorber

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    Ahmed, M. H. M.; Latiff, A. A.; Arof, H.; Harun, S. W.

    2016-09-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a passive mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) using a multi-layer black phosphorus saturable absorber (BPSA). The BPSA is fabricated by mechanically exfoliating a BP crystal and sticking the acquired BP flakes onto scotch tape. A small piece of the tape is then placed between two ferrules and integrated into an EDFL cavity to achieve a self-started soliton mode-locked pulse operation at 1560.7 nm wavelength. The 3 dB bandwidth, pulse width, and repetition rate of the laser are 6.4 nm, 570 fs, and 6.88 MHz, respectively. The average output power is 5.1 mW at pump power of 140 mW and thus, the pulse energy and peak power are estimated at 0.74 nJ and 1.22 kW, respectively. The BPSA was constructed in a simple fabrication process and has a modulation depth of 7% to successfully produce the stable mode-locked fiber laser.

  6. Generation of more than 300 mW diffraction-limited light at 405 nm by second-harmonic generation of a tapered diode laser with external cavity feedback

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    Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Holm, J.; Sumpf, B.;

    2007-01-01

    We have constructed a blue laser source consisting of a single-frequency tapered diode laser with external cavity feedback that is frequency doubled by a quasi-phase matched KTP (PPKTP) in a bowtie ring cavity and extract more than 360 mW of power at 405 nm. The conversion efficiency from fundame...... fundamental laser power to second harmonic power is 35 %, while it is 64 % from coupled fundamental power to extracted blue light. Thermal effects and gray tracking set an upper limit on the amount of generated blue light....

  7. Terahertz generation and detection using femtosecond mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser

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    Kong, Moon Sik; Kim, Ji Su; Han, Sang-Pil; Kim, Namje; Moon, Ki Won; Park, Kyung Hyun; Jeon, Min Yong

    2016-02-01

    We successfully demonstrate a THz generation using an ytterbium (Yb)-doped mode-locked femtosecond fiber laser and a home-made low-temperature grown (LTG) InGaAs Photoconductive antenna (PCA) module for THz Time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) systems. The Yb-doped fiber ring laser consists of a pump laser diode (PLD), a wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) coupler, a single-mode fiber (SMF), a 25 cm-long highly Yb-doped fiber, two collimators, two quarter wave plates (QWPs), a half-wave plate (HWP), a 10 nm broadband band pass filter, an isolator, and a polarizing beam splitter (PBS). In order to achieve the passively mode-locked optical short pulse, the nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) effect is used. The achieved center wavelength and the 3 dB bandwidth of the modelocked fiber laser are 1.03 μm and ~ 15.6 nm, respectively. It has 175 fs duration after pulse compression with 66.2 MHz repetition rate. The average output power of mode-locked laser has more than 275 mW. The LTG-InGaAs PCA modules are used as the emitter and receiver in order to achieve the THz radiation. The PCA modules comprise a hyper-hemispherical Si lens and a log-spiral antenna-integrated LTG-InGaAs PCA chip electronically contacted on a printed circuit board (PCB). An excitation optical average pumping and probing power were ~ 6.3 mW and 5 mW, respectively. The free-space distance between the emitter and the receiver in the THz-TDS system was 70 mm. The spectrum of the THz radiation is achieved higher than 1.5 THz.

  8. Theory of Passively Mode-Locked Photonic Crystal Semiconductor Lasers

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    Heuck, Mikkel; Blaaberg, Søren; Mørk, Jesper

    2010-01-01

    We report the first theoretical investigation of passive mode-locking in photonic crystal mode-locked lasers. Related work has investigated coupled-resonator-optical-waveguide structures in the regime of active mode-locking [Opt. Express 13, 4539-4553 (2005)]. An extensive numerical investigation...... of the influence of key parameters of the active sections and the photonic crystal cavity on the laser performance is presented. The results show the possibility of generating stable and high quality pulses in a large parameter region. For optimized dispersion properties of the photonic crystal waveguide cavity......, the pulses have sub picosecond widths and are nearly transform limited....

  9. Mode-locking in nonlinear rotordynamics

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    van der Heijden, G. H. M.

    1995-05-01

    We present a computer-assisted study of the dynamics of two nonlinearly coupled driven oscillators with rotational symmetry which arise in rotordynamics (the nonlinearity coming from bearing clearance). The nonlinearity causes a splitting of the twofold degenerate natural frequency of the associated linear model, leading to three interacting frequencies in the system. Partial mode-locking then yields a biinfinite series of attracting invariant 2-tori carrying (quasi-) periodic motion. Due to the resonance nature, the (quasi-) periodic solutions become periodic in a corotating coordinate system. They can be viewed as entrainments of periodic solutions of the associated linear problem. One presumably infinite family is generated by (scaled) driving frequencies ω = 1+2/ n, n = 1,2,3,...; another one is generated by frequencies ω = m, m = 4,5,6,... Both integers n and m can be related to discrete symmetry properties of the particular periodic solutions. Under a perturbation that breaks the rotational symmetry, more complicated behavior is possible. In particular, a second rational relation between the frequencies can be established, resulting in fully mode-locked periodic motion.

  10. Microwave signal extraction from femtosecond mode-locked lasers with attosecond relative timing drift.

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    Kim, Jungwon; Kärtner, Franz X

    2010-06-15

    We present a feedback-control method for suppression of excess phase noise in the optical-to-electronic conversion process involved in the extraction of microwave signals from femtosecond mode-locked lasers. A delay-locked loop based on drift-free phase detection with a differentially biased Sagnac loop is employed to eliminate low-frequency (e.g., locked laser with a relative rms timing jitter of 2.4 fs (integrated from 1 mHz to 1 MHz) and a relative rms timing drift of 0.84 fs (integrated over 8 h with 1 Hz bandwidth) between the optical pulse train and the extracted microwave signal.

  11. Mode-Locked Semiconductor Lasers for Optical Communication Systems

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    Yvind, Kresten; Larsson, David; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo

    2005-01-01

    We present investigations on 10 and 40 GHz monolithic mode-locked lasers for applications in optical communications systems. New all-active lasers with one to three quantum wells have been designed, fabricated and characterized.......We present investigations on 10 and 40 GHz monolithic mode-locked lasers for applications in optical communications systems. New all-active lasers with one to three quantum wells have been designed, fabricated and characterized....

  12. High-Power and Low-Noise 10-GHz All-Active Monolithic Mode-Locked Lasers with Surface Etched Bragg Grating

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    Larsson, David; Yvind, Kresten; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2007-01-01

    We have fabricated 4.4 mm long monolithic InAlGaAsP/InP mode-locked lasers with integrated deeply surface etched DBR-mirrors. The lasers produce 3.7 ps transform-limited Gaussian pulses with 10 mW average power and 250 fs timing jitter.

  13. 浅析元件参数对外腔半导体激光器输出谱宽影响%Influencing factors on spectral linewidth of external cavity diode laser

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    李元栋; 武永福; 胡猛; 孙瑞

    2014-01-01

    High power narrowed linewidth pump source is needed with diode pumped alkali laser developed. But the linewidth of the commercial diode laser is far exceed the absorption linewidth of the alkali atom. So the Littrow external cavity is used to narrowed the spectrum of high power diode laser array. The linewidth of high power diode laser array is directly affected by the parameters of elements in Littrow external cavity. In this paper, the model of external cavity diode laser was set up by using ray tracing method. By replacing cylindrical lens with sphere lens, the influence of micro-cylindrical lens array, beam shaping optics and grating were analysed. The resutls show that, to obtain narrower output laser linewidth, the focal length of micro-cylindrical lens array should be smaller, the grating grooves is denser, and the focal of spherical lens is larger. And the theoretical conclusions is demonstrated by experimental results.%半导体抽运碱金属蒸气激光器(DPAL)需大功率窄线宽泵浦源,但市售半导体激光器输出线宽远远大于碱金属原子吸收谱宽,难以实现有效泵浦,因此需采用Littrow外腔法压窄半导体激光器输出谱宽。 Littrow外腔系统中元件参数的选择直接影响大功率半导体激光器输出谱宽。为此文中沿入射光线方向构建外腔压窄模型,利用球面镜替代柱面镜,分析了微柱透镜阵列、光学系统和光栅元件对外腔输出谱宽的影响,模拟结果为微柱透镜阵列焦距越小、光栅刻线越密、球面镜焦距越大,外腔输出谱宽越窄,实验结果符合理论模型。

  14. 基于组合模理论设计的激光二极管阵列外腔%External Cavity Design for Laser Diode Bar Based on Calculation of Combined Array Mode

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    苏宙平; 朱焯炜; 阙立志

    2012-01-01

    针对激光二极管阵列提出了“组合模”慨念,计算了组合模的远场分布,每个组合模在远场的空间分布呈双瓣结构,基于激光二极管阵列组合模的远场分布特征,设计了离轴外腔反馈的激光二极管阵列,运用此装置所获得激光二极管阵列的远场分布有了明显变化,与自由运转的激光二极管阵列相比,离轴外腔反馈的激光二极管阵列远场宽度减少了4.3倍,在抽运电流为16 A时,测得输出激光的功率1.82W,这相当于相同电流下自由运转激光器输出功率的79%.组合模理论不仅可以用来指导设计一维离轴外腔反馈激光二极管阵列,而且也可以用于设计二维离轴外腔反馈激光二极管阵列.二维离轴外腔反馈激光二极管阵列可以产生高功率,高光束质量输出的激光.%In this paper,the concept of "combined array mode" for laser diode bar is proposcd.and the far-field profile of "combined array mode" is calculated.The far-field of each combined array mode exhibits a two-lobe profile with different angular position. On the basis of the characteristic of far-field profile of combined array mode,an off-axis external cavity feedback laser diode bar is designed. By employing the setup,the far-field profile of laser diode bar is narrowed by 4.3 times compared with the free- running laser diode bar. The output power of external cavity feedback laser diode bar is about 1.82 W at the drive current of 16 A.or 79% of the radiated power of the free-running state.The theory of combined array mode cannot only be applied to design the external cavity feedback laser diode har but also can be designed the external cavity feeedback laser diode stack.

  15. A single-mode external cavity diode laser using an intra-cavity atomic Faraday filter with short-term linewidth <400 kHz and long-term stability of <1 MHz

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    Keaveney, James; Hamlyn, William J.; Adams, Charles S.; Hughes, Ifan G.

    2016-09-01

    We report on the development of a diode laser system - the "Faraday laser" - using an atomic Faraday filter as the frequency-selective element. In contrast to typical external-cavity diode laser systems which offer tunable output frequency but require additional control systems in order to achieve a stable output frequency, our system only lases at a single frequency, set by the peak transmission frequency of the internal atomic Faraday filter. Our system has both short-term and long-term stability of less than 1 MHz, which is less than the natural linewidth of alkali-atomic D-lines, making similar systems suitable for use as a "turn-key" solution for laser-cooling experiments.

  16. A single-mode external cavity diode laser using an intra-cavity atomic Faraday filter with short-term linewidth $<400$ kHz and long-term stability of $<1$ MHz

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    Keaveney, James; Adams, Charles S; Hughes, Ifan G

    2016-01-01

    We report on the development of a diode laser system - the `Faraday laser' - using an atomic Faraday filter as the frequency-selective element. In contrast to typical external-cavity diode laser systems which offer tunable output frequency but require additional control systems in order to achieve a stable output frequency, our system only lases at a single frequency, set by the peak transmission frequency of the internal atomic Farady filter. Our system has both short-term and long-term stability of less than 1~MHz, which is less than the natural linewidth of alkali-atomic D-lines, making similar systems suitable for use as a `turn-key' solution for laser cooling experiments.

  17. A single-mode external cavity diode laser using an intra-cavity atomic Faraday filter with short-term linewidth <400 kHz and long-term stability of <1 MHz.

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    Keaveney, James; Hamlyn, William J; Adams, Charles S; Hughes, Ifan G

    2016-09-01

    We report on the development of a diode laser system - the "Faraday laser" - using an atomic Faraday filter as the frequency-selective element. In contrast to typical external-cavity diode laser systems which offer tunable output frequency but require additional control systems in order to achieve a stable output frequency, our system only lases at a single frequency, set by the peak transmission frequency of the internal atomic Faraday filter. Our system has both short-term and long-term stability of less than 1 MHz, which is less than the natural linewidth of alkali-atomic D-lines, making similar systems suitable for use as a "turn-key" solution for laser-cooling experiments.

  18. Single-SectionFabry-Perot Mode-Locked Semiconductor Lasers

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    Weiguo Yang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a review of the theoretical models and experimental verification of the single-section Fabry-Perot mode-locked semiconductor lasers based on multiple-spatial-mode (MSM coupling. The mode-locked operation at the repetition rates of 40 GHz and higher and the pulse width of a few picoseconds are confirmed by the intensity autocorrelation, the fast photo detection and RF spectrum, and the optical spectral interference measurement of ultrafast pulse. The spatial mode coupling theory of single-section Fabry-Perot mode-locked semiconductor lasers is also reviewed, and the results are compared with the experimental observations. The small signal modulation response of these lasers, which exhibits high-frequency responses well beyond the relaxation oscillation resonance limit, is also modeled theoretically, and the simulation is verified by the experimental measurements.

  19. Simultaneous Q-switching and mode-locking in the CW Nd:YAG laser

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    Kuizenga, D. J.; Phillion, D. W.; Siegman, A. E.; Lund, T.

    1973-01-01

    The theory of transient mode-locking for an active modulator in a laser with a homogeneously broadened line is presented. The theory is applied to simultaneously Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:YAG lasers and good agreement between theory and experiment is obtained. The main conclusion is that under usual Q-switched operating conditions the mode-locking process does not have sufficient time to build up to steady-state conditions. We also present a method to overcome this problem by allowing the laser to prelase before the Q-switch is opened. Mode-locked pulses whose width approaches the steady-state value are obtained. The transient mode-locking theory presented here also applies to actively mode-locking TEA CO2 lasers and to other types of simultaneously pulsed and mode-locked lasers.

  20. Optical Phase Locking of Modelocked Lasers for Particle Accelerators

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    Plettner, T.; Sinha, S.; Wisdom, J.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Colby, E.R.; /SLAC

    2006-02-17

    Particle accelerators require precise phase control of the electric field through the entire accelerator structure. Thus a future laser driven particle accelerator will require optical synchronism between the high-peak power laser sources that power the accelerator. The precise laser architecture for a laser driven particle accelerator is not determined yet, however it is clear that the ability to phase-lock independent modelocked oscillators will be of crucial importance. We report the present status on our work to demonstrate long term phaselocking between two modelocked lasers to within one degree of optical phase and describe the optical synchronization techniques that we employ.

  1. Passively Q-switched and mode-locked erbium doped fiber laser based on N-doped graphene saturable absorber

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    Ahmad, H.; Aidit, S. N.; Ooi, S. I.; Rezayi, M.; Tiu, Z. C.

    2017-10-01

    A passively Q-switched and mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser based on a nitrogen-doped graphene saturable absorber is demonstrated. The N-doped graphene based saturable absorber has a modulation depth of 37.88% and a saturation intensity of 0.016 73 MW cm‑2. By integrating the N-doped graphene saturable absorber into the laser cavity, a stable Q-switched operation with a centre wavelength of 1561.1 nm is obtained with a pulse energy of up to 29.0 nJ. As the pump power increases, the Q-switching operation transits into a mode-locking operation. The mode-locking operation is achieved with a centre wavelength of 1560 nm, a pulse width of 0.98 ps, a repetition rate of 28.5 MHz and a signal to noise ratio of up to 40 dB in the RF spectrum.

  2. Phase-stabilization of the carrier-envelope-offset frequency of a SESAM modelocked thin disk laser.

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    Klenner, Alexander; Emaury, Florian; Schriber, Cinia; Diebold, Andreas; Saraceno, Clara J; Schilt, Stéphane; Keller, Ursula; Südmeyer, Thomas

    2013-10-21

    We phase-stabilized the carrier-envelope-offset (CEO) frequency of a SESAM modelocked Yb:CaGdAlO₄ (CALGO) thin disk laser (TDL) generating 90-fs pulses at a center wavelength of 1051.6 nm and a repetition rate of 65 MHz. By launching only 2% of its output power into a photonic crystal fiber, we generated a coherent octave-spanning supercontinuum spectrum. Using a standard f-to-2f interferometer for CEO detection, we measured CEO beats with 33 dB signal-to-noise ratio in 100 kHz resolution bandwidth. We achieved a tight lock of the CEO frequency at 26.18 MHz by active feedback to the pump current. The residual in-loop integrated phase noise is 120 mrad (1 Hz-1 MHz). This is, to our knowledge, the first CEO-stabilized SESAM modelocked TDL. Our results show that a reliable lock of the CEO frequency can be achieved using standard techniques in spite of the strongly spatially multimode pumping scheme of TDLs. This opens the door towards fully-stabilized low-noise frequency combs with hundreds of watts of average power from table-top SESAM modelocked thin disk oscillators.

  3. Carbon nanotubes for mode-locking: polarization study

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    Afkhamiardakani, Hanieh; Kamer, Brian; Diels, Jean-Claude; Arissian, Ladan

    2016-03-01

    Mode-locked fiber lasers are the most promising lasers for intracavity phase interferometry,1 because they offer the possibility to have two orthogonally polarized pulses circulating independently in the cavity. The saturable absorbers based on polarization maintaining tapered fiber coated with carbon nanotubes are developed and analyzed for minimum coupling between the slow and fast axis of the fiber.

  4. Modelling colliding-pulse mode-locked semiconductor lasers

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    Bischoff, Svend

    or to determine the optimum operation conditions. The purpose of this thesis is to elucidate some of the physics of interest in the field of semiconductor laser modelling, semiconductor optics and fiber optics. To be more specific we will investigate: The Colliding-Pulse Mode-Locked (CPM) Quantum Well (QW) laser...

  5. Dispersion-managed semiconductor mode-locked ring laser.

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    Resan, Bojan; Archundia, Luis; Delfyett, Peter J; Alphonse, Gerard

    2003-08-01

    A novel breathing-mode external sigma-ring-cavity semiconductor mode-locked laser is developed. Intracavity pulse compression and stretching produce linearly chirped pulses with an asymmetric exponential temporal profile. External dispersion compensation reduces the pulse duration to 274 fs (within 10% of the bandwidth limit).

  6. Active mode-locking via pump modulation in a Tm-doped fiber laser

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    Yu Wang

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available We propose and experimentally realize a new class of actively mode-locking technique using pump modulation for rare-earth doped fiber lasers. A Tm-doped fiber laser at 2 μm is mode-locked using the proposed active mode-locking via pump modulation technique. Low-threshold continuous-wave mode-locking is achieved with a transform-limited pulse width of 4.4 ps, a spectral bandwidth of 0.9 nm, and a repetition rate of 12.9 MHz. Second-harmonic mode-locking is also demonstrated by simply driving the pump current at an appropriate frequency. More importantly, we believe that this technique can be applied to mode-lock other rare-earth doped fiber laser systems such as erbium- and ytterbium-doped fiber lasers.

  7. Properties of InGaAs quantum dot saturable absorbers in monolithic mode-locked lasers

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    Thompson, M.G.; Marinelli, C.; Chu, Y.

    Saturable absorbers properties are characterised in monolithic mode-locked InGaAs quantum dot lasers. We analyse the impact of weak quantum confined Stark effect, fast absorber recovery time and low absorber saturation power on the mode-locking performance.......Saturable absorbers properties are characterised in monolithic mode-locked InGaAs quantum dot lasers. We analyse the impact of weak quantum confined Stark effect, fast absorber recovery time and low absorber saturation power on the mode-locking performance....

  8. Optical complexity in external cavity semiconductor laser

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    Rondoni, Lamberto; Ariffin, M. R. K.; Varatharajoo, Renuganth; Mukherjee, Sayan; Palit, Sanjay K.; Banerjee, Santo

    2017-03-01

    In this article, the window based complexity and output modulation of a time delayed chaotic semiconductor laser (SL) model has been investigated. The window based optical complexity (OC), is measured by introducing the recurrence sample entropy (SampEn). The analysis has been done without and in the presence of external noise. The significant changes in the dynamics can be observed under induced noise with weak strength. It has also been found that there is a strong positive correlation between the output power and the complexity of the system with various sets of parameters. The laser intensity, as well as the OC can be increased with the incremental noise strength and the associated system parameters. Thus, optical complexity quantifies the system dynamics and its instabilities, since is strongly correlated with the laser outputs. This analysis can be applied to measure the laser instabilities and modulation of output power.

  9. Substrate-etched high power external-cavity surface-emitting lasers%基质刻蚀的高功率外腔面发射激光器

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    伍瑜; 倪演海; 戴特力; 周勇; 秦莉; 梁一平; 范嗣强; 张鹏

    2012-01-01

    为了降低光抽运外腔面发射激光器的热效应,提高激光器的输出功率,采用液体毛细键合方法将逆序生长的半导体外延片与高热导率的碳化硅散热窗口键合,并用化学刻蚀方法去除外延片的基质.实验研究了用基质刻蚀的外延片搭建的外腔面发射激光器的性能.当增益介质的有源区为InGaAs/AlGaAs多量子阱、抽运源为808nm的光纤耦合输出半导体激光器,输出镜对激光波长透过率为3%时,在室温下获得TEM00模的最大输出功率0.52W,激光波长1018nm,光谱线宽2nm(半峰全宽),激光器的光光转换效率约为20%.测得x方向与y方向的M2因子分别为1.01和1.00,说明输出光束为质量优良的近衍射极限高斯光束.结果表明,基质刻蚀技术可明显改善外腔面发射激光器的热性能,获得高功率、高光束质量的激光输出.%To decrease the thermal effect of a vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser and increase its output power, a high thermal conductivity SiC heatspreader was bond on the reverse-order semiconductor wafer with the capillary method, and then the substrate was removed by means of chemical etch. The characteristics of the laser formed by the substrate-etched wafer were experimentally studied. When the active region in the gain structure is InGaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells, the pump source is a fiber-coupled 808nm diode laser, and the transmission of the output coupler is 3% at laser wavelength, the TEM00 mode output power of 0. 52W and the optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 20% are obtained at room temperature. The laser wavelength is 1018nm, and the spectrum width is 2nm(full width half maximum) . The measured M2 factor in x and y direction of 1. 01 and 1. 00 demonstrate the near diffraction-limited Gaussian beam of the laser. It can be concluded that the substrate-etching technology can significantly improve the thermal property of vertical-external-cavity surface

  10. Attosecond timing jitter pulse trains from semiconductor saturable absorber mode-locked Cr:LiSAF lasers

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    Sennaroğlu, Alphan; Li, Duo; Demirbaş, Ümit; Benedick, Andrew; Fujimoto, James G.; Kaertner, Franz X.

    2012-01-01

    The timing jitter of optical pulse trains from diode-pumped, semiconductor saturable absorber mode-locked femtosecond Cr:LiSAF lasers is characterized by a single-crystal balanced optical cross-correlator with an equivalent sensitivity in phase noise of -235 dBc/Hz. The RMS timing jitter is 30 attoseconds integrated from 10 kHz to 50 MHz, the Nyquist frequency of the 100 MHz repetition rate oscillator. The AM-to-PM conversion induced excess phase noise is calculated and compared with experime...

  11. Silicon Photonics WDM Transceiver with SOA and Semiconductor Mode-Locked Laser

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    Moscoso-Mártir, Alvaro; Hauck, Johannes; Chimot, Nicolas; Setter, Rony; Badihi, Avner; Rasmussen, Daniel E; Garreau, Alexandre; Nielsen, Mads; Islamova, Elmira; Romero-García, Sebastián; Shen, Bin; Sandomirsky, Anna; Rockman, Sylvie; Li, Chao; Azadeh, Saeed Sharif; Lo, Guo-Qiang; Mentovich, Elad; Merget, Florian; Lelarge, François; Witzens, Jeremy

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a complete Silicon Photonics WDM link relying on a single section semiconductor mode-locked laser and a single SOA to support up to 12 multiplexed channels with a bit error rate of 1e-12 at serial data rates of 14 Gbps without channel pre-emphasis, equalization or forward error correction. Individual channels reach error free operation at 25 Gbps and multi-channel operation at 25 Gbps is shown to be compatible with standard 7% overhead hard decision forward error correction. Silicon Photonics transmitter and receiver chips are hybridly integrated with driver and receiver electronics. A detailed link model is derived and verified. Particular emphasis is placed on accurate system level modeling of laser RIN, SOA amplified spontaneous emission noise and receiver noise. The impact of the electrical receiver bandwidth and non-Gaussian statistics on level dependent amplified spontaneous emission noise are investigated in detail. The channel count scalability as limited by SOA saturation is further an...

  12. Self-induced transparency mode-locking, and area theorem

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    Arkhipov, R M; Babushkin, I

    2015-01-01

    Self-induced transparency mode-locking (or coherent mode-locking, CML) which is based on intracavity self-induced transparency soliton dynamics, allows potentially to achieve nearly single cycle intracavity pulse durations, much below the phase relaxation time $T_2$ in a laser, which, despite of great promise, has not yet been realized experimentally. We develop a diagram technique which allows to predict the main features of CML regimes in a generic two-section laser. We show that CML can arise directly at the first laser threshold if the phase relaxation time is large enough. Furthermore, CML regimes can be unconditionally stable. We also predict the existence of ``super-CML regimes``, with a pulse coupled to several Rabi oscillations in the nonlinear medium.

  13. High-Energy Passive Mode-Locking of Fiber Lasers

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Mode-locking refers to the generation of ultrashort optical pulses in laser systems. A comprehensive study of achieving high-energy pulses in a ring cavity fiber laser that is passively mode-locked by a series of waveplates and a polarizer is presented in this paper. Specifically, it is shown that the multipulsing instability can be circumvented in favor of bifurcating to higher-energy single pulses by appropriately adjusting the group velocity dispersion in the fiber and the waveplate/polarizer settings in the saturable absorber. The findings may be used as practical guidelines for designing high-power lasers since the theoretical model relates directly to the experimental settings.

  14. Chirp of monolithic colliding pulse mode-locked diode lasers

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    Hofmann, M.; Bischoff, S.; Franck, Thorkild

    1997-01-01

    Spectrally resolved streak camera measurements of picosecond pulses emitted by hybridly colliding pulse mode-locked (CPM) laser diodes are presented in this letter. Depending on the modulation frequency both blue-chirped (upchirped) and red-chirped (downchirped) pulses can be observed. The two...... different regimes and the transition between them are characterized experimentally and the behavior is explained on the basis of our model for the CPM laser dynamics. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics....

  15. Passive Q-Switching Modelocked Yb3+-Doped Fibre Laser with GaAs Absorber Grown at Low Temperature

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    FENG Xiao-Ming; WANG Yong-Gang; ZHANG Zhi-Gang; WANG Yong-Gang; LIU Yuan-Yuan; LAN Yong-Sheng; LIN Tao; WANG Jun; WANG Xiao-Wei; FANG Gao-Zhan; MA Xiao-Yu

    2005-01-01

    @@ GaAs absorber was grown at low temperature (550℃) by metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD)and was used as an output coupler with which we realized Q-switching modelocked Yb3+-doped fibre laser. The shortest period of the envelope of the Q-switched modelocking is about 3μs. The modelocking threshold is 4.27 W and the highest average output pulse power is 290mW. The modelocking frequency is 12MHz.

  16. Quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser

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    Ma, R.; Zhang, W. L.; Zeng, X. P.; Yang, Z. J.; Rao, Y. J.; Yao, B. C.; Yu, C. B.; Wu, Y.; Yu, S. F.

    2016-12-01

    Mode-locking is a milestone in the history of lasers that allows the generation of short light pulses and stabilization of lasers. This phenomenon is known to occur only in standard ordered lasers for long time and until recently it is found that it also occurs in disordered random lasers formed by nanoscale particles. Here, we report the realization of a so-called quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser which consists of a partially disordered linear cavity formed between a point reflector and a random distributed fiber Bragg grating array with an inserted graphene saturable absorber. We show that multi-groups of regular light pulses/sub-pulses with different repetition frequencies are generated within the quasi mode-locking regime through the so-called collective resonances phenomenon in such a random fiber laser. This work may provide a platform to study mode locking as well as pulse dynamic regulation of random lasing emission of coherent feedback disordered structures and pave the way to the development of novel multi-frequency pulse fiber lasers with potentially wide frequency tuning range.

  17. Multiwavelength arrays of mode-locked lasers for WDM applications

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    Davis, Lawrence J.; Young, Martin G.; Dougherty, David J.; Keo, Sam A.; Muller, Richard E.; Maker, Paul D.; Forouhar, Siamak

    1998-08-01

    The continued need for increased bandwidth is driving the pursuit of both increased speed in TDM and more channels in WDM for fiber optic communication systems. Multiwavelength arrays of monolithic mode-locked DBR lasers are an attractive source for future high bit rate (100 - 800 Gb/s) optical communication systems. Monolithic mode-locked lasers in the colliding-pulse mode-locked configuration have been fabricated, with DBR end mirrors for wavelength selection. A continuous gain region has been employed for ease of fabrication and the elimination of multiple reflections within the cavity. Arrays containing up to 9 wavelengths have been fabricated, with all the wavelengths within the erbium-doped fiber amplifier gain bandwidth. An RF signal is applied to the saturable absorber for synchronization to an external clock and reduction of the phase noise. For a 4.6 mm cavity, short (< 10 ps) optical pulses at high (approximately 18 GHz) repetition rates have been achieved. Low single side-band phase noise values (-107 dBc/Hz 100 kHz offset) have been demonstrated, nearly equal to that of the RF source.

  18. Characterization of a self-starting, passively mode-locked fiber ring laser that exploits nonlinear polarization evolution.

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    Matsas, V J; Richardson, D J; Newson, T P; Payne, D N

    1993-03-01

    A full characterization of a self-starting, passively mode-locked soliton ring fiber laser in terms of its various modes of mode-locked operation, cavity length, and type of fiber used is presented. Direct evidence, based on state-of-polarization measurements, that nonlinear polarization evolution is the responsible mode-locking mechanism is also given.

  19. Sub-femtosecond absolute jitter microwaves generation from free-running mode-locked Er-fiber lasers

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    Jung, Kwangyun; Kim, Jungwon

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate 10-GHz microwave signal generation from a free-running mode-locked Er-fiber laser with 1.5 fs absolute rms timing jitter integrated from 1 kHz to 5 GHz (Nyquist frequency) offset frequency. In the 10 kHz - 10 MHz integration bandwidth typically used for microwave generators, the rms integrated jitter is 0.49 fs. The Er-fiber laser is operated in the stretched-pulse regime at close-to-zero dispersion to minimize the intrinsic phase noise from the laser. In order to mitigate the excess phase noise in the optical-to-electronic conversion process, we synchronize a low-noise voltage-controlled oscillator to the fiber laser using a fiber Sagnac-loop-based optical-microwave phase detector. This result shows that one can generate sub-femtosecond-level jitter microwave signals from free-running mode-locked fiber lasers and commercially available dielectric resonator oscillators without stabilized optical references.

  20. Application of ABCD Formalism in Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Actively Modelocked Fiber Laser

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    2002-01-01

    Time domain ABCD matrix formalism is a useful model for analyzing the characteristics of actively modelocked fiber laser. Based on this model and given more consideration on the influences of optical fiber dispersion and optical fiber nonlinearity, the laser characteristic of actively modelocked fiber laser is analyzed, and the comparision of the theoretical analysis results with experimental ones is given.

  1. All-fiber passively mode-locked Ho-laser pumped by ytterbium fiber laser

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    Filatova, S. A.; Kamynin, V. A.; Zhluktova, I. V.; Trikshev, A. I.; Tsvetkov, V. B.

    2016-11-01

    We report an all-fiber mode-lock holmium-doped ring laser passively mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation without dispersion compensation. The laser produced picosecond pulses at 2.057 µm. The average output power was 4.5 mW.

  2. Repetition rate continuously tunable 10-GHz picosecond mode-locked fiber ring laser

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    Fang Wan; Ziyu Wang

    2006-01-01

    A couple of simple-structure phase modulators were used in active mode-locked fiber laser to implement repetition rate continuous tuning. The laser produces pulse as short as 5.7 ps whose repetition rate tuning can cover the spacing of the adjoining order mode-locking frequencies.

  3. Dynamic localization and Bloch oscillations in the spectrum of a frequency mode-locked laser.

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    Longhi, Stefano

    2005-04-01

    It is shown that a frequency mode-locked laser with a sinusoidal sweep of modulation frequency around a mode-locking condition represents an ideal optical system for observing in the spectral domain the phenomena of dynamic localization and Bloch oscillations of electrons in an ideal solid placed in an external ac electric field.

  4. Modeling of mode-locked coupled-resonator optical waveguide lasers

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    Agger, Christian; Skovgård, Troels Suhr; Gregersen, Niels;

    2010-01-01

    Coupled-resonator optical waveguides made from coupled high-Q photonic crystal nanocavities are investigated for use as cavities in mode-locked lasers. Such devices show great potential in slowing down light and can serve to reduce the cavity length of a mode-locked laser. An explicit expression...

  5. Picosecond pulse generation from a synchronously pumped mode-locked semiconductor laser diode

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    Auyeung, J. C.; Johnston, A. R.

    1982-01-01

    A semiconductor laser diode was mode locked in an external cavity when synchronously pumped with 90-ps current pulses. Transform-limited optical pulses with a 10-ps pulse width and a peak power of 160 mW were produced. Operating characteristics of such a system are described.

  6. Gratings' rotation angle tolerance for diode lasers with external cavity formed by volume Bragg grating%体布拉格光栅外腔半导体激光器的光栅旋转角度容差

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    李志永; 谭荣清; 徐程; 李琳; 刘世明; 赵志龙; 黄伟

    2013-01-01

    采用步进电机控制光栅角度,对φ200 μm和φ600 μm圆柱透镜准直的体布拉格光栅(VBG)外腔单管C封装半导体激光器进行了系统研究.实验结果表明:激光二极管(LD)驱动电流越大,准直效果越好,VBG的角度调整容差越小;快轴方向的准直效果越好,慢轴方向的光栅调节角度容差越大;对于衍射效率28%、厚1.4 mm的光栅,LD快轴发散角为7.3 mrad时,快轴方向的角度容差不大于3.2 mrad,慢轴方向的角度容差较快轴大约一个数量级.%For high power linewidth-narrowed diode lasers, it's important to study rotation angle tolerance of the volume Bragg grating (VBG) for narrowing the spectral linewidth of two dimensional diode laser stacks. The diode laser with the VBG' s external cavity and C-mounted modules is collimated by Φ200 μm and Φ600μm cylindrical lens separately in the paper. The VBG's angle tolerance is acquired by two stepper motors. According to the research, more accuracy is needed for the VBG's adjustment with higher driving current and better beam collimation. If the laser diode is collimated better in fast axis direction, rotation angle tolerance in slow axis direction will be bigger. When a VBG with a diffraction efficiency of 28% and thickness of 1. 4 mm is used to lock the wavelength of a laser diode with a fast axis divergence angle of 7. 3 mrad, the grating's rotation angle tolerance is no more than 3. 2 mrad in the fast axis direction and that for the slow axis direction is one order of magnitude bigger.

  7. 光纤光栅外腔半导体激光器频率调谐技术研究%Study on frequency tuning technology of fiber Bragg grating external cavity semiconductor laser

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    2016-01-01

    Based on the analysis of the basic characteristics of fiber Bragg grating external cavity semiconductor laser (FBG -ECL),the frequency tuning methods for this type of lasers are investigated,including temperature tuning method and stress tuning method.The center wavelength of fiber Bragg grating is changed by the axial stress tuning method to realize the frequency tuning.The piezoelectric ceramic(PZT)was used to exert an axial stress on the grat-ing,and the amount of change in the center wavelength of the fiber Bragg grating was controlled by adjusting PZT drive voltage.The experimental results show that,for the FBG -ECL with wavelength 1550 nm,when the PZT drive voltage adds up to 126 V,tuning range can reach 100 GHz and tuning speed can reach 2 ms per cycle.%在分析了光纤光栅外腔半导体激光器(FBG -ECL)基本特性的基础上,调研了适用于该类型激光器的频率调谐方法,包括温度调谐法和应力调谐法,选取轴向应力调谐法改变光纤光栅的布拉格中心波长,进而实现频率调谐。利用压电陶瓷(PZT)来对光纤光栅施加轴向应力,通过调整 PZT 驱动电压值的大小来控制光纤光栅布拉格中心波长的变化量。实验结果表明,对于波长1550 nm 的光纤光栅激光器,当 PZT 的驱动电压增加到126 V 时,可实现0.8 nm,即100 GHz 的调谐范围以及每周期2 ms 的调谐速度。

  8. Dual-polarization mode-locked Nd:YAG laser.

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    Thévenin, J; Vallet, M; Brunel, M

    2012-07-15

    A mode-locked solid-state laser containing a birefringent element is shown to emit synchronously two frequency combs associated to the two polarization eigenstates of the cavity. An analytical model predicts the polarization evolution of the pulse train, which is determined by the adjustable intracavity birefringence. Experiments realized with a Nd:YAG laser passively mode locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror are in perfect agreement with the model. Locking between the two combs arises for particular values of their frequency difference, e.g., half the repetition rate, and the pulse train polarization sequence is then governed by the relative overall phase offset of the two combs.

  9. Widely tunable Tm-doped mode-locked all-fiber laser

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    Yan, Zhiyu; Sun, Biao; Li, Xiaohui; Luo, Jiaqi; Shum, Perry Ping; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrated a widely tunable Tm-doped mode-locked all-fiber laser, with the widest tunable range of 136 nm, from 1842 to 1978 nm. Nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) technique is employed to enable mode-locking and the wavelength-tunable operation. The widely tunable range attributes to the NPE-induced transmission modulation and bidirectional pumping mechanism. Such kind of tunable mode-locked laser can find various applications in optical communications, spectroscopy, time-resolved measurement, and among others.

  10. Figure-eight actively-passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Wang, Zhaoying; Yu, Zhenhong; Ge, Chunfeng; Zhang, Ruifeng; Jia, Dongfang; Li, Shichen

    2003-03-01

    The advantages of using nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) to compress pulse with slight amplitude fluctuation and reflected energy loss are analyzed in theory. Experimentally the NOLM is placed in an actively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring laser to form a figure-eight actively and passively modelocked fiber laser. 12 ps mode-locked pulses centered at 1.543 ?m were obtained with the modulation frequency of 2.498748700 GHz. 3.715 mW output power is achieved with 50 mW pump power.

  11. Pulse-shaping mechanism in colliding-pulse mode-locked laser diodes

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    Bischoff, Svend; Sørensen, Mads Peter; Mørk, J.;

    1995-01-01

    The large signal dynamics of passively colliding pulse mode-locked laser diodes is studied. We derive a model which explains modelocking via the interplay of gain and loss dynamics; no bandwidth limiting element is necessary for pulse formation. It is found necessary to have both fast and slow...... absorber dynamics to achieve mode-locking. Significant chirp is predicted for pulses emitted from long lasers, in agreement with experiment. The pulse width shows a strong dependence on both cavity and saturable absorber length. (C) 1995 American Institute of Physics....

  12. WS2 mode-locked ultrafast fiber laser

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    Mao, Dong; Wang, Yadong; Ma, Chaojie; Han, Lei; Jiang, Biqiang; Gan, Xuetao; Hua, Shijia; Zhang, Wending; Mei, Ting; Zhao, Jianlin

    2015-01-01

    Graphene-like two dimensional materials, such as WS2 and MoS2, are highly anisotropic layered compounds that have attracted growing interest from basic research to practical applications. Similar with MoS2, few-layer WS2 has remarkable physical properties. Here, we demonstrate for the first time that WS2 nanosheets exhibit ultrafast nonlinear saturable absorption property and high optical damage threshold. Soliton mode-locking operations are achieved separately in an erbium-doped fiber laser using two types of WS2-based saturable absorbers, one of which is fabricated by depositing WS2 nanosheets on a D-shaped fiber, while the other is synthesized by mixing WS2 solution with polyvinyl alcohol, and then evaporating them on a substrate. At the maximum pump power of 600 mW, two saturable absorbers can work stably at mode-locking state without damage, indicating that few-layer WS2 is a promising high-power flexible saturable absorber for ultrafast optics. Numerous applications may benefit from the ultrafast nonlinear features of WS2 nanosheets, such as high-power pulsed laser, materials processing, and frequency comb spectroscopy. PMID:25608729

  13. Synchronization of Fourier-Synthesized Optical Pulses to a Mode-Locked Optical Clock

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    Masaharu; Hyodo; Kazi; Sarwal; Abedin; Noriaki; Onodera; Masayoshi; Watanabe

    2003-01-01

    A Fourier-synthesized 40-GHz optical pulse train was successfully synchronized to an 8-GHz optical clock generated from a mode-locked fiber ring laser. The measured timing jitter of the synchronization was 0.43 ps.

  14. Modelling and characterization of colliding-pulse mode-locked (CPM) quantum well lasers. [MPS1

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    Bischoff, Svend; Brorson, S.D.; Franck, T.

    1996-01-01

    A theoretical and experimental study of passive colliding pulse mode-locked quantum well lasers is presented. The theoretical model for the gain dynamics is based on semi-classical density matrixequations. The gain dynamics are characterized exp...

  15. Sub-nanometer tuning of mode-locked pulse by mechanical strain on tapered fiber

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    Ahmad, Harith; Faruki, Md Jahid; Tiu, Zian Cheak; Thambiratnam, K.

    2017-03-01

    A tunable mode-locked fiber laser based on the non-linear polarization rotation (NPR) technique is proposed and demonstrated. A passively generated mode-locked output is obtained with a repetition rate of about 70 ns and an average output power of 0.7 mW, as well as a laser efficiency of 0.53%. The mode-locked pulses can be tuned over a span of 4.4 nm, from 1560.6 nm to 1556.2, corresponding to a stretching of the tapered fiber from 0 to 100 μm in 10 μm increments. The pulses have an average signal-to-noise ratio of about 41 dB in the frequency domain, indicating a highly stable mode-locked output. The system can repeat and reverse the generation of these pulses, a crucial criterion of many communications and sensing applications.

  16. 70-fs mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser with topological insulator.

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    Liu, Wenjun; Pang, Lihui; Han, Hainian; Tian, Wenlong; Chen, Hao; Lei, Ming; Yan, Peiguang; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-01-27

    Femtosecond optical pulses have applications in optical communication, astronomical frequency combs, and laser spectroscopy. Here, a hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser with topological insulator (TI) is proposed, for the first time to our best knowledge. The pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method is employed to fabricate the fiber-taper TI saturable absorber (TISA). By virtue of the fiber-taper TISA, the hybrid EDF laser is passively mode-locked using the nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE), and emits 70 fs pulses at 1542 nm, whose 3 dB spectral width is 63 nm with a repetition rate and transfer efficiency of 95.4 MHz and 14.12%, respectively. Our experiments indicate that the proposed hybrid mode-locked EDF lasers have better performance to achieve shorter pulses with higher power and lower mode-locking threshold in the future.

  17. Graphene oxide mode-locked femtosecond erbium-doped fiber lasers

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    Xu, Jia; Liu, Jiang; Wu, Sida; Yang, Quan-Hong; Wang, Pu

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrated the femtosecond erbium-doped all-fiber lasers mode-locked with graphene oxide, which can be conveniently obtained from natural graphite by simple oxidation and ultra-sonication process...

  18. Modelling and characterization of colliding-pulse mode-locked (CPM) quantum well lasers. [MPS1

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    Bischoff, Svend; Brorson, S.D.; Franck, T.;

    1996-01-01

    A theoretical and experimental study of passive colliding pulse mode-locked quantum well lasers is presented. The theoretical model for the gain dynamics is based on semi-classical density matrixequations. The gain dynamics are characterized exp...

  19. 35 GHz passive mode-locking of InGaAs/GaAs quantum dot lasers at 1.3 μm with Fourier-limited pulses

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    Kuntz, M.; Fiol, G.; Laemmlin, M.;

    2004-01-01

    We report 35 GHz passive mode-locking and 20 GHz hybrid mode-locking of quantum dot (QD) lasers at 1.3 ìm. Our investigations show ultrafast absorber recovery times and for the first time transform-limited mode-locked pulses.......We report 35 GHz passive mode-locking and 20 GHz hybrid mode-locking of quantum dot (QD) lasers at 1.3 ìm. Our investigations show ultrafast absorber recovery times and for the first time transform-limited mode-locked pulses....

  20. Short pulse generation in a passively mode-locked photonic crystal semiconductor laser

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    Heuck, Mikkel; Blaaberg, Søren; Mørk, Jesper

    2010-01-01

    We present a new type of passively mode-locked laser with quantum wells embedded in photonic crystal waveguides operating in the slow light regime, which is capable of emitting sub picosecond pulses with widely controllable properties......We present a new type of passively mode-locked laser with quantum wells embedded in photonic crystal waveguides operating in the slow light regime, which is capable of emitting sub picosecond pulses with widely controllable properties...

  1. Wavelength and duration tunable soliton generation from a regeneratively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Bin Tan(谈斌); Zhiyong Li(李智勇); Zhaoying Wang(王肇颖); Chunfeng Ge(葛春风); Dongfang Jia(贾东方); Wenjun Ni(倪文俊); Shichen Li(李世忱)

    2004-01-01

    A 10-GHz soliton source with pulse duration between 4-8 ps and wavelength continuously tunable from 1530 to 1563 nm is presented. Using regeneratively mode-locking technology, the harmonically modelocked fiber ring laser could work without pulse dropout at room temperature when no cavity length or polarization maintaining mechanism is available. Applying only one 980-nm laser diode pump, the average output power reaches more than 4 mW.

  2. Hybrid mode-locked ultrashort-pulse erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Lazarev, Vladimir A.; Sazonkin, Stanislav S.; Pniov, Alexey B.; Tsapenko, Konstantin P.; Krylov, Alexander A.; Obraztsova, Elena D.

    2014-03-01

    One of the implementations of fs-laser with CNT-film for mode-locking is considered. Scheme of single-pulse, self-starting, stable mode-locked laser generation by appropriate polarization controllers adjustment is suggested. The mechanism of cavity length stabilization for a femtosecond fiber laser based on the pump source modulation is considered. Bandwidth of the feedback frequency stabilization system based on pump source modulation method is defined.

  3. The structure of mode-locking regions of piecewise-linear continuous maps: I. Nearby mode-locking regions and shrinking points

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    Simpson, D. J. W.

    2017-01-01

    The mode-locking regions of a dynamical system are subsets of parameter space within which there exists an attracting periodic solution. For piecewise-linear continuous maps, these regions have a distinctive chain structure with points of zero width called shrinking points. In this paper a local analysis about an arbitrary shrinking point is performed. This is achieved by studying the symbolic itineraries of periodic solutions in nearby mode-locking regions and performing an asymptotic analysis on one-dimensional centre manifolds in order to build a comprehensive theoretical framework for the local dynamics. The main results are universal quantitative descriptions for the shape of nearby mode-locking regions, the location of nearby shrinking points, and the key properties of these shrinking points. The results are applied to the three-dimensional border-collision normal form, a model of an oscillator subject to dry friction, and a model of a DC/DC power converter.

  4. A semiconductor-based, frequency-stabilized mode-locked laser using a phase modulator and an intracavity etalon.

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    Davila-Rodriguez, Josue; Ozdur, Ibrahim; Williams, Charles; Delfyett, Peter J

    2010-12-15

    We report a frequency-stabilized semiconductor-based mode-locked laser that uses a phase modulator and an intracavity Fabry-Perot etalon for both active mode-locking and optical frequency stabilization. A twofold multiplication of the repetition frequency of the laser is inherently obtained in the process. The residual timing jitter of the mode-locked pulse train is 13 fs (1 Hz to 100 MHz), measured after regenerative frequency division of the photodetected pulse train.

  5. Material Engineering for Monolithic Semiconductor Mode-Locked Lasers

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    Kulkova, Irina

    This thesis is devoted to the materials engineering for semiconductor monolithic passively mode-locked lasers (MLLs) as a compact energy-efficient source of ultrashort optical pulses. Up to the present day, the achievement of low-noise sub-picosecond pulse generation has remained a challenge....... This work has considered the role of the combined ultrafast gain and absorption dynamics in MLLs as a main factor limiting laser performance. An independent optimization of MLL amplifier and saturable absorber active materials was performed. Two promising approaches were considered: quantum dot (QD...... application in MLLs. Improved QW laser performance was demonstrated using the asymmetric barrier layer approach. The analysis of the gain characteristics showed that the high population inversion beneficial for noise reduction cannot be achieved for 10 GHz QW MLLs and would have required lowering the modal...

  6. Spectrum Characteristics of 1.5 mm InAs/InP Quantum-dot-laser Modulated by Mirror External-cavity%1.5mm腔长InAs/InP量子点激光器镜面外腔光谱特性研究

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    柳庆博; 龚谦; 曹春芳; 汪洋; 岳丽; 严进一; 成若海

    2012-01-01

    Based on self-made 1.5 mm InAs/InP QD laser,its spectrum characteristics modulated by mirror external-cavity are studied.The periodicity,the multimode lasing and the mode change of the spectrum versus current are explained.Contrast to short coupling-cavity quantum-well lasers used for single mode,long cavity-length InAs/InP QD lasers show smaller mode-compression and much easier multimode-lasing under the modulation of mirror external-cavity.%基于研制的1.5mm腔长InAs/InP共面条状量子点激光器,搭建了其镜面外腔结构,并对其光谱特性进行了测试,获得了镜面外腔周期性调制光谱,并在周期性的产生、多模激射和模式随电流的变化等方面对其光谱特性进行了分析研究。相比以前为获得单模使用的超短腔长超短外腔量子阱激光器,长腔长InAs/InP量子点激光器表现出较小的模式压缩比,更容易发生多模激射。

  7. Transition state to mode locking in a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fibre ring laser

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    Liu Jia-Rui; Xu Wen-Cheng; Luo Zhi-Chao; Luo Ai-Ping; Yin Hai-Sen

    2011-01-01

    The transition state between the continuous wave region and the mode-locked region in a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fibre ring laser has been experimentally observed by utilizing the nonlinear polarization rotation technique. When the pump power reaches the mode-locked threshold, the metastable pulse train with a tunable repetition rate is obtained in the transition from the continuous wave state to the passive mode-locked state via proper adjustment of the polarization controller. A simple model has been established to explain the experimental observation.

  8. Mode-locking based on a zero-area pulse formation in a laser with a coherent absorber

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    Arkhipov, Mikhail V; Kalinichev, Alexey A; Babuskin, Ihar; Rosanov, Nikolai N; Arkhipov, Rostislav M

    2016-01-01

    We observe experimentally a mode-locking in a continuous narrow-band tunable dye laser with molecular iodine absorber cells, which transitions have large phase relaxation time T2. We show that the mode-locking arises due to coherent interaction of light with the absorbing medium leading to Rabi oscillations, so that zero-area (0{\\pi}-) pulses in the absorber are formed. Such mode-locking regime is different to most typical passive modelocking mechanisms where saturation plays the main role.

  9. 10-GHz 1.59-μm quantum dash passively mode-locked two-section lasers

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    Dontabactouny, Madhoussoudhana; Rosenberg, C.; Semenova, Elizaveta

    2010-01-01

    This paper reports the fabrication and the characterisation of a 10 GHz two-section passively mode-locked quantum dash laser emitting at 1.59 μm. The potential of the device's mode-locking is investigated through an analytical model taking into account both the material parameters and the laser g...

  10. High-resolution microwave-photonic applications via precise synchronization between RF and mode-locked laser pulses (Conference Presentation)

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    Shi, Kebin; Lu, Xing; Lv, Zhiqiang

    2016-10-01

    Precise synchronization between radio frequency and mode-locked laser pulses provides a high resolution capability for detecting either time jitter in laser pulse train or phase noise in radio frequency. In this talk, we will present our recent progresses on radio frequency dissemination and fiber optical sensing based on sub-femtosecond level synchronization between radio frequency and mode-locked pulse train.

  11. Passively mode-locked fiber laser based on polarization rotation in a multiple-quantum-well waveguide.

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    Okhotnikov, O G; Salcedo, J R

    1995-01-01

    We give experimental evidence for a new type of mode-locking mechanism for Er-doped fiber lasers based on polarization evolution in an intracavity multiple-quantum-well waveguide. Experiments indicate that anisotropic properties of waveguides can continuously start the mode-locking process.

  12. Diode-Pumped Mode-Locked LiSAF Laser

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    1996-02-01

    Under this contract we have developed Cr{sup 3+}:LiSrAlF{sub 6} (Cr:LiSAF, LiSAF) mode-locked lasers suitable for generation of polarized electrons for CEBAF. As 670 nm is an excellent wavelength for optical pumping of Cr:LiSAF, we have used a LIGHTWAVE developed 670 nm diode pump module that combines the output of ten diode lasers and yields approximately 2 Watts of optical power. By the use of a diffraction limited pump beam however, it is possible to maintain a small mode size through the length of the crystal and hence extract more power from Cr:LiSAF laser. For this purpose we have developed a 1 Watt, red 660nm laser (LIGHTWAVE model 240R) which serves as an ideal pump for Cr:LiSAF and is a potential replacement of costly and less robust krypton laser. This new system is to compliment LIGHTWAVE Series 240, and is currently being considered for commercialization. Partially developed under this contract is LIGHTWAVEs product model 240 which has already been in our production lines for a few months and is commercially available. This laser produces 2 Watts of output at 532 nm using some of the same technology developed for production of the 660nm red system. It is a potential replacement for argon ion lasers and has better current and cooling requirements and is an excellent pump source for Ti:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Also, as a direct result of this contract we now have the capability of commercially developing a mode-locked 100MHz Cr:LiSAF system. Such a laser could be added to our 100 MHz LIGHTWAVE Series 131. The Series 131 lasers provide pico second pulses and were originally developed under another DOE SBIR. Both models of LIGHTWAVE Series 240 lasers, the fiber coupled pump module and the 100MHz LiSAF laser of Series 131 have been partially developed under this contract, and are commercially competitive products.

  13. Hierarchy, dimension, attractor and self-organization -- dynamics of mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Wei, Huai; Shi, Wei; Zhu, Xiushan; Norwood, Robert A; Peyghambarian, Nasser; Jian, Shuisheng

    2016-01-01

    Mode-locked fiber lasers are one of the most important sources of ultra-short pulses. However, A unified description for the rich variety of states and the driving forces behind the complex and diverse nonlinear behavior of mode-locked fiber lasers have yet to be developed. Here we present a comprehensive theoretical framework based upon complexity science, thereby offering a fundamentally new way of thinking about the behavior of mode-locked fiber lasers. This hierarchically structured frame work provide a model with and changeable variable dimensionality resulting in a simple and elegant view, with which numerous complex states can be described systematically. The existence of a set of new mode-locked fiber laser states is proposed for the first time. Moreover, research into the attractors' basins reveals the origin of stochasticity, hysteresis and multistability in these systems. These findings pave the way for dynamics analysis and new system designs of mode-locked fiber lasers. The paradigm will have a w...

  14. Q-switched mode-locking of an erbium-doped fiber laser using cavity modulation frequency detuning.

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    Chang, You Min; Lee, Junsu; Jhon, Young Min; Lee, Ju Han

    2012-07-20

    We present the results of an investigation regarding a Q-switched mode-locked fiber laser scheme based on a cavity modulation frequency detuning technique. The approach is based on undamped laser relaxation oscillations occurring due to frequency detuning in the fundamental cavity resonance frequency. Through a range of experiments with an erbium-doped, fiber-based, ring-cavity laser, this approach has been shown to be capable of generating high-quality Q-switched mode-locked pulses from an optical fiber-based laser. The maximum frequency detuning range for a stable Q-switched mode-locking operation has been observed to vary depending on the pump power used. We found that the highest pulse peak power was obtained at the frequency detuning threshold at which the operation changed from the mode-locking to the Q-switched mode-locking regime.

  15. Resonantly pumped continuous-wave mode-locked Ho:YAP laser

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    Duan, X. M.; Lin, W. M.; Cui, Z.; Yao, B. Q.; Li, H.; Dai, T. Y.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report a continuous-wave mode-locked Ho:YAP laser for the first time to our knowledge. Mode-locked pulse was produced by using an acousto-optic modulator. A 1.91-μm Tm-fiber laser as the pump source, at incident pump power of 25.9 W, the maximum output power of 2.87 W at 2117.8 nm was achieved in continuous-wave mode-locked regime. Pulse as short as 254.8 ps was obtained at repetition frequency of 81.52 MHz. In addition, the beam quality factor M 2 value of 1.6 was obtained.

  16. Phase diagram and complexity of mode-locked lasers: from order to disorder

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    Leuzzi, L; Folli, V; Angelani, L; Ruocco, G

    2008-01-01

    We investigate mode-locking processes in lasers displaying a variable degree of structural randomness, from standard optical cavities to multiple-scattering media. By employing methods mutuated from spin-glass theory, we analyze the mean-field Hamiltonian and derive a phase-diagram in terms of the pumping rate and the degree of disorder. Three phases are found: i) paramagnetic, corresponding to a noisy continuous wave emission, ii) ferromagnetic, that describes the standard passive mode-locking, and iii) the spin-glass in which the phases of the electromagnetic field are frozen in a exponentially large number of configurations. The way the mode-locking threshold is affected by the amount of disorder is quantified. The results are also relevant for other physical systems displaying a random Hamiltonian, like Bose-Einstein condensates and nonlinear optical beams.

  17. Near- infrared, mode-locked waveguide lasers with multi-GHz repetition rates

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    Choudhary, A.; Lagatsky, A. A.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Zhou, K. J.; Wang, Q.; Hogg, R. A.; Pradeesh, K.; Rafailov, E. U.; Resan, B.; Oehler, A. E. H.; Weingarten, K. J.; Sibbett, W.; Brown, C. T. A.; Shepherd, D. P.

    2014-02-01

    In this work, we discuss mode-locking results obtained with low-loss, ion-exchanged waveguide lasers. With Yb3+-doped phosphate glass waveguide lasers, a repetition rate of up to 15.2 GHz was achieved at a wavelength of 1047 nm with an average power of 27 mW and pulse duration of 811 fs. The gap between the waveguide and the SESAM introduced negative group velocity dispersion via the Gires Tournois Interferometer (GTI) effect which allowed the soliton mode-locking of the device. A novel quantum dot SESAM was used to mode-lock Er3+, Yb3+-doped phosphate glass waveguide lasers around 1500 nm. Picosecond pulses were achieved at a maximum repetition rate of 6.8 GHz and an average output power of 30 mW. The repetition rate was tuned by more than 1 MHz by varying the pump power.

  18. Harmonic Mode-Locked Fiber Laser based on Photonic Crystal Fiber Filled with Topological Insulator Solution

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    Yu-Shan Chen

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available We reported that the photonic crystal fiber (PCF filled with TI:Bi2Te3 nanosheets solution could act as an effective saturable absorber (SA. Employing this TI-PCF SA device; we constructed an ytterbium-doped all-fiber laser oscillator and achieved the evanescent wave mode-locking operation. Due to the large cavity dispersion; the fundamental mode-locking pulse had the large full width at half maximum (FWHM of 2.33 ns with the repetition rate of ~1.11 MHz; and the radio frequency (RF spectrum with signal-to-noise ratio (SNR of 61 dB. In addition; the transition dynamics from a bunched state of pulses to harmonic mode-locking (HML was also observed; which was up to 26th order.

  19. Diode-Pumped Soliton and Non-Soliton Mode-Locked Yb:GYSO Lasers

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    HE Jin-Ping; LIANG Xiao-Yan; LI Jin-Feng; ZHENG Li-He; SU Liang-Bi; XU Jun

    2011-01-01

    @@ Diode-pumped soliton and non-soliton mode-locked Yb:(Gd1-xYx,)2SiO5 (x=0.5) lasers are demonstrated.Pulsesas short as 1.4 ps are generated for the soliton mode-locked operation, with a pair of SF10 prisms as the negativedispersion elements.The central wavelength is 1056nm and the repetition rate is 48 MHz.For the non-solitonmode locking, the output power could achieve ~1.2W and the pulse width is about 20ps.The critical pulseenergy in the soliton-mode locked operation against the Q-switched mode locking is much lower than the criticalpulse energy in the non-soliton mode-locked operation

  20. Multiwavelength mode-locked cylindrical vector beam fiber laser based on mode selective coupler

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    Huang, Ping; Cai, Yu; Wang, Jie; Wan, Hongdan; Zhang, Zuxing; Zhang, Lin

    2017-10-01

    We propose and demonstrate a multiwavelength mode-locked fiber laser with cylindrical vector beam generation for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. The mode-locking mechanism is based on a nonlinear polarization rotation effect in fiber, and the multiwavelength operation is contributed to by an in-line birefringence fiber filter with periodic multiple passbands, formed by incorporating a section of polarization maintaining fiber into the laser cavity with a fiber polarizer. Furthermore, by using a home-made mode selective coupler, which acts as both a mode converter from fundamental mode to higher-order mode and an output coupler, multiwavelength mode-locked cylindrical vector beams have been obtained. This may have potential applications in mode-division multiplexing optical fiber communication and material processing.

  1. Hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped all-fiber soliton laser with a distributed polarizer.

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    Chernykh, D S; Krylov, A A; Levchenko, A E; Grebenyukov, V V; Arutunyan, N R; Pozharov, A S; Obraztsova, E D; Dianov, E M

    2014-10-10

    A soliton-type erbium-doped all-fiber ring laser hybrid mode-locked with a co-action of arc-discharge single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) is demonstrated. For the first time, to the best of our knowledge, boron nitride-doped SWCNTs were used as a saturable absorber for passive mode-locking initiation. Moreover, the NPE was introduced through the implementation of the short-segment polarizing fiber. Owing to the NPE action in the laser cavity, significant pulse length shortening as well as pulse stability improvement were observed as compared with a SWCNTs-only mode-locked laser. The shortest achieved pulse width of near transform-limited solitons was 222 fs at the output average power of 9.1 mW and 45.5 MHz repetition frequency, corresponding to the 0.17 nJ pulse energy.

  2. Reduction of timing jitter and intensity noise in normal-dispersion passively mode-locked fiber lasers by narrow band-pass filtering.

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    Qin, Peng; Song, Youjian; Kim, Hyoji; Shin, Junho; Kwon, Dohyeon; Hu, Minglie; Wang, Chingyue; Kim, Jungwon

    2014-11-17

    Fiber lasers mode-locked with normal cavity dispersion have recently attracted great attention due to large output pulse energy and femtosecond pulse duration. Here we accurately characterized the timing jitter of normal-dispersion fiber lasers using a balanced cross-correlation method. The timing jitter characterization experiments show that the timing jitter of normal-dispersion mode-locked fiber lasers can be significantly reduced by using narrow band-pass filtering (e.g., 7-nm bandwidth filtering in this work). We further identify that the timing jitter of the fiber laser is confined in a limited range, which is almost independent of cavity dispersion map due to the amplifier-similariton formation by insertion of the narrow bandpass filter. The lowest observed timing jitter reaches 0.57 fs (rms) integrated from 10 kHz to 10 MHz Fourier frequency. The rms relative intensity noise (RIN) is also reduced from 0.37% to 0.02% (integrated from 1 kHz to 5 MHz Fourier frequency) by the insertion of narrow band-pass filter.

  3. Pulse formation and characteristics of the cw mode-locked titanium-doped sapphire laser

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    Zschocke, Wolfgang; Stamm, Uwe; Heumann, Ernst; Ledig, Mario; Guenzel, Uwe; Kvapil, Jiri; Koselja, Michael P.; Kubelka, Jiri

    1991-10-01

    We report on measurements of transient and steady-state pulse characteristics of an acousto- optically mode-locked titanium-doped sapphire laser. During the pulse evolution, oscillations in the pulse width and pulse energy are found. A steady state is reached after about 40 to 60 microsecond(s) . The steady-state pulse width is strongly influenced by the mode-locking loss as well as the intracavity bandwidth. Shortest pulses of typically 15 ps are obtained. The experiment is compared with results of a simple computer simulation.

  4. A 12.1-W SESAM mode-locked Yb:YAG thin disk laser

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    Yingnan, Peng; Zhaohua, Wang; Dehua, Li; Jiangfeng, Zhu; Zhiyi, Wei

    2016-05-01

    Pumped by a 940 nm fiber-coupled diode laser, a passively mode-locked Yb:YAG thin disk oscillator was demonstrated with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). 12.1 W mode-locked pulses were obtained with pulse duration of 698 fs at the repetition rate of 57.43 MHz. Measurement showed that the beam quality was close to the diffraction limit. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB922402), the National Major Instrument Program of China (Grant No. 2012YQ120047), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61210017).

  5. Novel design of low-jitter 10 GHz all-active monolithic mode-locked lasers

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    Larsson, David; Yvind, Kresten; Christiansen, Lotte Jin

    2004-01-01

    Using a novel design, we have fabricated 10 GHz all-active monolithic mode-locked semiconductor lasers that generate 1.4 ps pulses with record-low timing jitter. The dynamical properties of lasers with 1 and 2 QWs are compared.......Using a novel design, we have fabricated 10 GHz all-active monolithic mode-locked semiconductor lasers that generate 1.4 ps pulses with record-low timing jitter. The dynamical properties of lasers with 1 and 2 QWs are compared....

  6. Comparative study on the temporal contrast of femtosecond mode-locked laser oscillators.

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    Stuart, Nicholas; Robinson, Timothy; Hillier, David; Hopps, Nick; Parry, Bryn; Musgrave, Ian; Nersisyan, Gagik; Sharba, Ahmed; Zepf, Matthew; Smith, Roland A

    2016-07-15

    We have investigated the temporal intensity contrast characteristics from a broad range of mode-locked short-pulse oscillators used for seeding high-power terawatt and petawatt-class laser systems. Saturable absorber (SESAM), Kerr lens (KLM), nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) in optical fibers and synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) mode-locked sources have been measured using a third-order autocorrelator with up to 1010 dynamic range. We restricted the temporal characterization to features higher-order dispersion limits the performance of KLM and NPE sources up to the 105 contrast level, while >108 contrast was observed from the SESAM and OPO laser pulse trains.

  7. Polarization dynamics in dissipative soliton fiber lasers mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation.

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    Kong, Lingjie; Xiao, Xiaosheng; Yang, Changxi

    2011-09-12

    We numerically studied the polarization dynamics in dissipative soliton lasers mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR). It was found that the polarization states of the intracavity dissipative soliton vary with time across the pulse. Depending on output coupling ratios, the polarization states of the pulse peak before the polarizer can be either nearly circular or nearly linear polarizations. The polarization dependent component in NPR is found to play a role of spectral filter under high and medium output coupling. However, NPR may work as a weak optical limiter under low output coupling, when additional spectral filtering is necessary to maintain steady mode-locking state.

  8. Effects of flake size on mode-locking behavior for flake-graphene saturable absorber mirrors

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    Hussain, M I; Booth, L S; Petrasiunas, M J; Brown, C L; Kielpinski, D

    2016-01-01

    After advent of graphene as a saturable absorber many experiments have been conducted to produce short pulse duration pulses. Here, we have measured the properties of flake-graphene saturable absorber mirrors of various flake sizes dependent on fabrication technique. These mirrors enabled us to obtain a large mode-locking bandwidth of 16nm in an erbium-doped fiber laser. Mirrors with large flake size and multi-layered thickness induce strong pulse shaping and reflect mode-locked train of pulses with very large bandwidths.

  9. A Q-switched, mode-locked fiber laser employing subharmonic cavity modulation.

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    Chang, You Min; Lee, Junsu; Lee, Ju Han

    2011-12-19

    We present a new and simple approach for the generation of Q-switched, mode-locked pulses from a laser cavity. The approach is based on cavity loss modulation that employs a subharmonic frequency of the fundamental intermode frequency spacing. A range of experiments have been carried out using an erbium-doped fiber-based ring cavity laser in order to verify that this simple approach can readily produce high quality Q-switched, mode-locked pulses. An active tuning of the Q-switched envelope repetition rate is also shown to be easily achievable by adjusting the order of the applied subharmonic frequency.

  10. Generation of the numerator=2 rational harmonic mode-locked pulses in fiber ring lasers

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    Pinghe Wang(汪平河); Li Zhan(詹黎); Qinghao Ye(叶庆好); Yuxing Xia(夏宇兴)

    2004-01-01

    In conventional rational harmonic mode-locking, optical pulse trains with the repetition rate of(pn + 1)fc are generated when the modulation frequency of the in-cavity modulator is set at fm=(n + 1/p)fc, where n and p are both integers, fc is the fundamental cavity frequency. In this paper, we report that rational harmonic mode locking phenomenon takes place in the fiber lasers when the modulation frequency is set at fm =(n + 2/p)fc. The pulse generations are experimentally demonstrated when the numerator of the rational corresponds to 2 in 5th and 7th order rational harmonic mode-locking.

  11. Pulse shaping in mode-locked fiber lasers by in-cavity spectral filter.

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    Boscolo, Sonia; Finot, Christophe; Karakuzu, Huseyin; Petropoulos, Periklis

    2014-02-01

    We numerically show the possibility of pulse shaping in a passively mode-locked fiber laser by inclusion of a spectral filter into the laser cavity. Depending on the amplitude transfer function of the filter, we are able to achieve various regimes of advanced temporal waveform generation, including ones featuring bright and dark parabolic-, flat-top-, triangular- and saw-tooth-profiled pulses. The results demonstrate the strong potential of an in-cavity spectral pulse shaper for controlling the dynamics of mode-locked fiber lasers.

  12. Low jitter and high power all-active mode-locked lasers

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    Yvind, Kresten; Larsson, David; Christiansen, Lotte Jin

    2003-01-01

    A novel epitaxial design leading to low loss and low gain saturation improves the properties of 40 GHz mode-locked lasers. We obtain 2.8 ps nearly chirp free pulses with 228 fs jitter and fiber-coupled power of 7 mW.......A novel epitaxial design leading to low loss and low gain saturation improves the properties of 40 GHz mode-locked lasers. We obtain 2.8 ps nearly chirp free pulses with 228 fs jitter and fiber-coupled power of 7 mW....

  13. Low jitter and high power all-active mode-locked lasers

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    Yvind, Kresten; Larsson, David; Christiansen, Lotte Jin

    2003-01-01

    A novel epitaxial design leading to low loss and low gain saturation improves the properties of 40 GHz mode-locked lasers. We obtain 2.8 ps nearly chirp free pulses with 228 fs jitter and -coupled power of 7 mW.......A novel epitaxial design leading to low loss and low gain saturation improves the properties of 40 GHz mode-locked lasers. We obtain 2.8 ps nearly chirp free pulses with 228 fs jitter and -coupled power of 7 mW....

  14. Photon-pair generation in photonic crystal fibrebre with a 1.5GHz modelocked VECSEL

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    Morris, Oliver J; Wilcox, Keith G; Tropper, Anne C; Mosley, Peter J

    2014-01-01

    Four-wave mixing (FWM) in optical fibre is a leading technique for generating high-quality photon pairs. We report the generation of photon pairs by spontaneous FWM in photonic crystal fibre pumped by a 1.5 GHz repetition-rate vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL). The photon pairs exhibit high count rates and a coincidence-to-accidental ratio of over 80. The VECSEL's high repetition-rate, high average power, tunability, and small footprint make this an attractive source for quantum key distribution and photonic quantum-state engineering.

  15. Generation of soliton and bound soliton pulses in mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser using graphene film as saturable absorber

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    Haris, H.; Harun, S. W.; Anyi, C. L.; Muhammad, A. R.; Ahmad, F.; Tan, S. J.; Nor, R. M.; Zulkepely, N. R.; Ali, N. M.; Arof, H.

    2016-04-01

    We report an observation of soliton and bound-state soliton in passive mode-locked fibre laser employing graphene film as a passive saturable absorber (SA). The SA was fabricated from the graphene flakes, which were obtained from electrochemical exfoliation process. The graphene flakes was mixed with polyethylene oxide solution to form a polymer composite, which was then dried at room temperature to produce a film. The film was then integrated in a laser cavity by attaching it to the end of a fibre ferrule with the aid of index matching gel. The fibre laser generated soliton pulses with a 20.7 MHz repetition rate, 0.88 ps pulse width, 0.0158 mW average output power, 0.175 pJ pulse energy and 18.72 W peak power at the wavelength of 1564 nm. A bound soliton with pulse duration of ~1.04 ps was also obtained at the pump power of 110.85 mW by carefully adjusting the polarization of the oscillating laser. The formation of bound soliton is due to the direct pulse to pulse interaction. The results show that the proposed graphene-based SA offers a simple and cost efficient approach of generating soliton and bound soliton in mode-locked EDFL set-up.

  16. Nonlinear switching in a two-concentric-core chalcogenide glass optical fiber for passively mode-locking a fiber laser.

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    Nazemosadat, Elham; Mafi, Arash

    2014-08-15

    We propose an all-fiber mode-locking device, which operates based on nonlinear switching in a novel two-concentric-core fiber structure. The design is particularly attractive given the ease of fabrication and coupling to other components in a mode-locked fiber laser cavity. The nonlinear switching in this coupler is studied, and the relative power transmission is obtained. The analysis shows that this nonlinear switch is practical for mode-locking fiber lasers and is forgiving to fabrication errors.

  17. Dynamics of a Dispersion-Managed Passively Mode-Locked Er-Doped Fiber Laser Using Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Norihiko Nishizawa

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the dynamics of a dispersion-managed, passively mode-locked, ultrashort-pulse, Er-doped fiber laser using a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT device. A numerical model was constructed for analysis of the SWNT fiber laser. The initial process of passive mode-locking, the characteristics of the output pulse, and the dynamics inside the cavity were investigated numerically for soliton, dissipative-soliton, and stretched-pulse mode-locking conditions. The dependencies on the total dispersion and recovery time of the SWNTs were also examined. Numerical results showed similar behavior to experimental results.

  18. Theory of the ultrafast mode-locked GaN lasers in a large-signal regime

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    Smetanin, Igor V; Boiko, Dmitri L

    2011-01-01

    Analytical theory of the high-power passively mode-locked laser with a slow absorber is developed. In distinguishing from previous treatment, our model is valid at pulse energies well exceeding the saturation energy of absorber. This is achieved by solving the mode-locking master equation in the pulse energy-domain representation. The performances of monolithic sub-picosecond blue-violet GaN mode-locked diode laser in the high-power operation regime are analyzed using the developed approach.

  19. Experiment Study on Active-passive Mode-locking Using Cr4+∶YAG as Saturable Absorber

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    LENG Yuxin; LU Haihe; LIN Lihuang; XU Zhizhan

    2002-01-01

    Cr4+∶YAG crystal was used as a saturable absorber in an active-passive mode-locked Nd∶YAG laser. The stable and complete mode-locked pulse train was achieved at 1064 nm. The duration of ~0.8 ns to 2.4 ns for a single pulse was obtained by using Cr4+∶YAG crystals with the different initial transmissions, and there was a shortest pulse width. The mode-locking dynamic process of Cr4+∶YAG crystal was discussed to explain the experimental result, and the effect of excited-state absorption was considered.

  20. Integrated Photonic Devices Incorporating Low-Loss Fluorinated Polymer Materials

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    Hyung-Jong Lee

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Low-loss polymer materials incorporating fluorinated compounds have been utilized for the investigation of various functional optical devices useful for optical communication and optical sensor systems. Since reliability issues concerning the polymer device have been resolved, polymeric waveguide devices have been gradually adopted for commercial application systems. The two most successfully commercialized polymeric integrated optic devices, variable optical attenuators and digital optical switches, are reviewed in this paper. Utilizing unique properties of optical polymers which are not available in other optical materials, novel polymeric optical devices are proposed including widely tunable external cavity lasers and integrated optical current sensors.

  1. Monolithic mode-locked lasers with deeply dry etched Bragg mirror

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    Larsson, David; Yvind, Kresten; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    Background: Semiconductor mode-locked lasers are attractive as components in futureultra high-speed telecommunication systems (160-640Gb/s); as picosecond pulse sources,clock-recovery devices and for demultiplexing in Optical Time Division Multiplexing(OTDM) systems. We have recently designed, fa...

  2. Correlation coefficient measurement of the mode-locked laser tones using four-wave mixing.

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    Anthur, Aravind P; Panapakkam, Vivek; Vujicic, Vidak; Merghem, Kamel; Lelarge, Francois; Ramdane, Abderrahim; Barry, Liam P

    2016-06-01

    We use four-wave mixing to measure the correlation coefficient of comb tones in a quantum-dash mode-locked laser under passive and active locked regimes. We study the uncertainty in the measurement of the correlation coefficient of the proposed method.

  3. Mode-locked 1.5 micrometers semiconductor optical amplifier fiber ring

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    Pedersen, Niels V.; Jakobsen, Kaj Bjarne; Vaa, Michael

    1996-01-01

    The dynamics of a mode-locked SOA fiber ring are investigated experimentally and numerically. Generation of near transform-limited (time-bandwidth product=0.7) 1.5 μm 54 ps FWHM pulses with a peak power of 2.8 mW at a repetition rate of 960 MHz is demonstrated experimentally. The experimental res...

  4. Stable mode-locking in an Yb:YAG laser with a fast SESAM

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    Guifang Ju(居桂方); Lu Chai(柴路); Qingyue Wang(王清月); Zhigang Zhang(张志刚); Yonggang Wang(王勇刚); Xiaoyu Ma(马骁宇)

    2003-01-01

    Stable mode-locking in a diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser was obtained with a very fast semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The pulse width was measured to be 4 ps at the central wavelength of 1047 nm. The average power was 200 mW and the repetition rate was 200 MHz.

  5. Spectral development of pico second pulses of mode-locked Nd-glass lasers

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    Penzkofer, A.; Weinhardt, N.

    1983-04-01

    The spectra of single picosecond pulses of mode-locked Nd-glass lasers are investigated along the pulse train. In addition to self-phase modulation, the spectra are modified due to spectral hole burning in the inhomogeneous gain profile of the active medium.

  6. Stabilization of an AM mode-locked tea CO2 laser

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    Goor, van F.A.

    1983-01-01

    An increased shot-to-shot reproducibility has been obtained by injection of radiation from a cw CO2 laser in an amplitude mode-locked TEA CO2 laser without additional pulse broadening. Stable pulses variable from 900 ps up to 4 ns have been generated with this new technique.

  7. An investigation of the spectral content of a mode-locked pulsed CO2 laser

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    Bormans, B.J.M.; Olbertz, A.H.M.

    1980-01-01

    The frequency width of a pulse train in a pulsed mode-locked CO2 laser has been accurately measured by means of a Fabry-Perot interferometer. We succeeded in resolving the longitudinal mode structure. The results are in excellent agreement with the results of previous measurements of the line width

  8. Mode-Locked 1.5 um Semiconductor Optical Fiber Ring

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    Pedersen, Niels Vagn; Jakobsen, Kaj Bjarne; Vaa, Michael

    1996-01-01

    The dynamics of a mode-locked SOA fiber ring are investigated experimentally and numerically. Generation of near transform-limited (time-bandwidth product = 0.7) 1.5 um 54 ps FWHM pulses with a peak power of 2.8 mW at a repetition rate of 960 MHz is demonstrated experimentally. The experimental...

  9. Bound soliton pulses in a passively mode-locked fibre ring laser

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    Zhang Shu-Min; Lü Fu-Yun; Gong Yan-Dong; Zhou Xiao-Qun; Yang Xiu-Feng; Lü Chao

    2005-01-01

    The bound solitons in a passively mode-locked fibre ring laser are observed and their formation mechanism is summarized in this paper. In order to obtain stable bound solitons, a strong CW laser field at the centre of the soliton spectral is necessary to suppress and synchronize the random soliton phase variations.

  10. Quantum beats in forward scattering: subnanosecond studies with a mode-locked dye laser.

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    Harde, H; Burggraf, H; Mlynek, J; Lange, W

    1981-06-01

    Time-resolved polarization spectroscopy of transient coherent superpositions of atomic substates is extended to the picosecond time scale by using a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser. As a first demonstration, hyperfine beats in the sodium D(1) and D(2), lines were resolved. The ground-state splitting could be determined with an accuracy of better than 10(-3).

  11. Quantum beats in forward scattering - Subnanosecond studies with a mode-locked dye laser

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    Harde, H.; Burggraf, H.; Mlynek, J.; Lange, W.

    1981-06-01

    Time-resolved polarization spectroscopy of transient coherent superpositions of atomic substates is extended to the picosecond time scale by using a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser. As a first demonstration, hyperfine beats in the sodium D1 and D2 lines were resolved. The ground-state splitting could be determined with an accuracy of better than 0.001.

  12. Design and evaluation of modelocked semiconductor lasers for low noise and high stability

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    Yvind, Kresten; Larsson, David; Christiansen, Lotte Jin;

    2005-01-01

    We present work on design of monolithic mode-locked semiconductor lasers with focus on the gain medium. The use of highly inverted quantum wells in a low-loss waveguide enables both low quantum noise, low-chirped pulses and a large stability region. Broadband noise measurements are performed...

  13. Low-jitter and high-power 40 GHz all-active mode-locked lasers

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    Yvind, Kresten; Larsson, David; Christiansen, Lotte Jin

    2004-01-01

    A novel design strategy for the epitaxial structure of monolithic mode-locked semiconductor lasers is presented. Using an all-active design, we fabricate 40-GHz lasers generating 2.8-ps almost chirp-free pulses with record low high-frequency jitter and more than 7-mW fiber coupled output power....

  14. A precise length etalon generator controlled by femtosecond mode-locked laser

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    Šmid, Radek; Čip, Ondřej; Lazar, Josef

    2007-09-01

    The progress in the field of optical frequency standards is oriented to femtosecond mode-locked lasers stabilized by technique of the optical frequency synthesis. Such a laser produces a supercontinuum light, which is composed of a cluster of coherent frequency components in certain interval of wavelengths. A value of the repetition rate of femtosecond pulses determines (in the frequency domain) spacing of these coherent components. If we control the mode-locked laser by means of i.e. atomic clocks we ensure frequency of these components very stable. With respect to definition of SI unit "one meter" on basis of speed of light the stabilized mode-locked laser can be used for implementation of this definition by non-traditional way. In the work we present our proposal of a system, which converts excellent frequency stability of components generated by the mode-locked laser to a net of discrete absolute lengths represented by a distance of two mirrors of an optical resonator. On basis of theory, the optical resonator with a cavity length has a periodic frequency spectrum Similarly the frequency of i-th comb component could be written as: f i = f ceo + i f rep, where f ceo is the comb offset frequency and f rep is the repetition rate. For the simplicity we presume the offset frequency f ceo equals to zero. If the supercontinuum beam of the mode-locked laser illuminates the resonator and at the same time the cavity length L is adjusted to length L p = c / (2 p f rep ) then both spectra fit. The symbol 'p' is an integer value. It produces intensity maximum in the output of the cavity, which is detected by a photodetector and locked in the servo-loop. For absolute discrete values of cavity lengths L p that well satisfy the condition above we obtain precise etalons of length.

  15. Observation of phase noise reduction in photonically synthesized sub-THz signals using a passively mode-locked laser diode and highly selective optical filtering

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    Criado, A. R.; Acedo, P.; Carpintero, G.

    2012-01-01

    A Continuous Wave (CW) sub-THz photonic synthesis setup based on a single Passively Mode-Locked Laser Diode (PMLLD) acting as a monolithic Optical Frequency Comb Generator (OFCG) and highly selective optical filtering has been implemented to evaluate the phase noise performance of the generated sub......-THz signals. The analysis of the synthesized sub-THz signals up to 120 GHz gives as a result an effective reduction of the electrical linewidth when compared to direct harmonic generation that begins at 50 GHz and becomes greater as the frequency increases. The phase noise reduction offered by the setup......, along with its integration potential, cost and bandwidth, make it a promising candidate to the development of an integrated and high performance low phase noise local oscillator in the sub-THz range....

  16. All-fiber widely tunable mode-locked thulium-doped laser using a curvature multimode interference filter

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    Li, N.; Liu, M. Y.; Gao, X. J.; Zhang, L.; Jia, Z. X.; Feng, Y.; Ohishi, Y.; Qin, G. S.; Qin, W. P.

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrated a widely tunable mode-locked thulium doped fiber laser (TDFL) by using a homemade multimode interference filter (MMIF). The MMIF had a structure of single mode fiber (SMF)—multimode fiber (MMF)—SMF and three main transmission peaks at 1901.2, 1957.2 and 2043.2 nm. By mechanically bending the MMIF, the three main transmission peaks were tuned in the range of 1860-2024 nm due to multimode interference effect. By inserting the MMIF into a passively mode-locked TDFL cavity pumped by a 1570 nm fiber laser, a tunable mode-locked TDFL with a tuning range of 1919.6-2014.9 nm was achieved by adjusting the MMIF. To the best of our knowledge, such a tunable range is the largest among all-fiber tunable mode-locked TDFLs.

  17. Low threshold diode-pumped picosecond mode-locked Nd:YAG laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror

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    Eshghi, M. J.; Majdabadi, A.; Koohian, A.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, a low threshold diode pumped passively mode-locked Nd:YAG laser has been demonstrated by using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The threshold power for continuous-wave mode-locking is relatively low, about 3.2 W. The resonator stability across the pump power has been analytically examined. Moreover, the mode overlap between the pump beam and the laser fundamental mode has been simulated by MATLAB software. Adopting Z-shaped resonator configuration and suitable design of the resonator’s arm lengths, has enabled the author to prepare mode-locking conditions, and obtain 40 ps pulses with 112 MHz pulse repetition rate. The laser output was stable without any Q switched instability. To the best of our knowledge, this is the lowest threshold for CW mode-locking operation of a Nd:YAG laser.

  18. Mode-locking optimization with a real-time feedback system in a Nd:yttrium lithium fluoride laser cavity

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    Marengoni, C.; Canova, F.; Batani, D.; Benocci, R.; Librizzi, M.; Narayanan, V.; Gomareschi, M.; Lucchini, G.; Kilpio, A.; Shashkov, E.; Stuchebrukhov, I.; Vovchenko, V.; Chernomyrdin, V.; Krasuyk, I.; Hall, T.; Bittanti, S.

    2007-01-01

    We present a control system, which allows an automatic optimization of the pulse train stability in a mode-locked laser cavity. In order to obtain real-time corrections, we chose a closed loop approach. The control variable is the cavity length, mechanically adjusted by gear system acting on the rear cavity mirror, and the controlled variable is the envelope modulation of the mode-locked pulse train. Such automatic control system maintains the amplitude of the mode-locking pulse train stable within a few percent rms during the working time of the laser. Full implementation of the system on an Nd:yttrium lithium fluoride actively mode-locked laser is presented.

  19. Scheme for independently stabilizing the repetition rate and optical frequency of a laser using a regenerative mode-locking technique.

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    Nakazawa, Masataka; Yoshida, Masato

    2008-05-15

    We have succeeded in achieving independent control of the repetition rate and optical frequency of a pulse laser by employing a regenerative mode-locking technique. By adopting a voltage-controlled microwave phase shifter or an optical delay line in a regenerative feedback loop we can control the repetition rate of the laser without directly disturbing the optical frequencies. We experimentally show how this independent control can be realized by employing a 40 GHz harmonically and regeneratively mode-locked fiber laser.

  20. Wavelength tunable stretched-pulse mode-locked all-fiber erbium ring laser with single polarization fiber.

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    Li, Shenping; Chen, Xin; Kuksenkov, Dmitri V; Koh, Joohyun; Li, Ming-Jun; Zenteno, Luis A; Nolan, Daniel A

    2006-06-26

    A wavelength tunable stretched-pulse mode-locked all-fiber ring laser using single polarization fiber (SPF) was demonstrated. In this laser, a segment of SPF was used simultaneously as a polarizer and a tunable filter in the laser cavity. Self-starting mode-locking with femtosecond output pulses was demonstrated. A wavelength tuning of ~20nm was achieved by bending the SPF with different radii.

  1. Cycles of self-pulsations in a photonic integrated circuit.

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    Karsaklian Dal Bosco, Andreas; Kanno, Kazutaka; Uchida, Atsushi; Sciamanna, Marc; Harayama, Takahisa; Yoshimura, Kazuyuki

    2015-12-01

    We report experimentally on the bifurcation cascade leading to the appearance of self-pulsation in a photonic integrated circuit in which a laser diode is subjected to delayed optical feedback. We study the evolution of the self-pulsing frequency with the increase of both the feedback strength and the injection current. Experimental observations show good qualitative accordance with numerical results carried out with the Lang-Kobayashi rate equation model. We explain the mechanism underlying the self-pulsations by a phenomenon of beating between successive pairs of external cavity modes and antimodes.

  2. 50-GHz repetition-rate, 280-fs pulse generation at 100-mW average power from a mode-locked laser diode externally compressed in a pedestal-free pulse compressor

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    Tamura, Kohichi R.; Sato, Kenji

    2002-07-01

    280-fs pedestal-free pulses are generated at average output powers exceeding 100 mW at a repetition rate of 50 GHz by compression of the output of a mode-locked laser diode (MLLD) by use of a pedestal-free pulse compressor (PFPC). The MLLD consists of a monolithically integrated chirped distributed Bragg reflector, a gain section, and an electroabsorption modulator. The PFPC is composed of a dispersion-flattened dispersion-decreasing fiber and a dispersion-flattened dispersion-imbalanced nonlinear optical loop mirror. Frequency modulation for linewidth broadening is used to overcome the power limitation imposed by stimulated Brillouin scattering.

  3. Nanosecond soliton pulse generation by mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser using single-walled carbon-nanotube-based saturable absorber.

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    Ismail, Mohd Afiq; Harun, Sulaiman Wadi; Zulkepely, Nurul Rozullyah; Nor, Roslan Md; Ahmad, Fauzan; Ahmad, Harith

    2012-12-20

    We demonstrate a simple and low cost mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) operating in the nanosecond region using a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT)-based saturable absorber (SA). A droplet of SWCNT solution is applied on the end of a fiber ferrule, which is then mated to another clean connector ferrule to construct an SA. Then the SA is integrated into a ring EDFL cavity for nanosecond pulse generation. The EDFL operates at around 1570.4 nm, with a soliton-like spectrum with small Kelly sidebands, which confirms the attainment of the anomalous dispersion. It produces a soliton pulse train with a 332 ns width, repetition rate of 909.1 kHz, an average output power of 0.31 mW, and energy of 0.34 nJ at the maximum pump power of 130.8 mW.

  4. Gigahertz repetition rate, sub-femtosecond timing jitter optical pulse train directly generated from a mode-locked Yb:KYW laser

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    Yang, Heewon; Shin, Junho; Kim, Chur; Choi, Sun Young; Kim, Guang-Hoon; Rotermund, Fabian; Kim, Jungwon

    2014-01-01

    We show that a 1.13-GHz repetition rate optical pulse train with 0.70 fs high-frequency timing jitter (integration bandwidth of 17.5 kHz - 10 MHz, where the measurement instrument-limited noise floor contributes 0.41 fs in 10 MHz bandwidth) can be directly generated from a free-running, single-mode diode-pumped Yb:KYW laser mode-locked by single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT)-coated mirrors. To our knowledge, this is the lowest timing jitter optical pulse train with the GHz repetition rate ever measured. If this pulse train is used for direct sampling of 565-MHz signals (Nyquist frequency of the pulse train), the demonstrated jitter level corresponds to the projected effective-number-of-bit (ENOB) of 17.8, which is much higher than the thermal noise limit of 50-ohm load resistance (~14 bits).

  5. Multi-Format Wavelength Conversion Using Quantum Dash Mode-Locked Laser Pumps

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    Yousra Ben M’Sallem

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available We investigate and compare the performance of wavelength conversion for two different non-return-to-zero (NRZ modulation formats at 40 Gb/s: on off keying (OOK and differential phase-shift keying (DPSK. To achieve wide wavelength coverage and integrability, we use a dual pump scheme exploiting four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers. For phase stability, we use a quantum-dash mode-locked laser (QD-MLL as a multi-wavelength source for the dual pumps, with tunability provided by the output filter. The significant sidelobes of the DPSK spectrum (relative to OOK require the balancing of the pump proximity to the original signal (facilitating high conversion efficiency with the signal degradation from the pump spectrum overlapping the converted DPSK signal. We achieve a conversion efficiency near –3.6 dB for OOK and –5.4 dB for DPSK across a 12 nm tuning range with low input powers (1 dBm. We measure bit error rate (BER and obtain error free transmission (BER < 10−9 with a power penalty less than 2 dB for OOK and 3 dB for DPSK.

  6. Experimental investigation of relaxation oscillations resonance in mode-locked Fabry-Perot semiconductor lasers

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    Roncin, Vincent; Hayau, Jean-François; Besnard, Pascal; Simon, Jean-Claude; Van Dijk, F; Shen, Alexandre; Duan, Guang-Hua

    2014-01-01

    We propose in this communication an experimental study of the relaxation oscillations behavior in mode-locked lasers. The semiconductor self-pulsating laser diode is composed by two gain sections, without saturable absorber. It is made of bulk structure and designed for optical telecommunication applications. This specific device allows two different regimes of optical modulation: the first one corresponds to the resonance of the relaxation oscillations and the second one, to the mode-locking regime at FSR value. This singular behavior leads us to characterize the self-pulsations which are coexisting in the laser and to describe two regimes of output modulation: the first one appears thanks to the resonance of the oscillation relaxation and the other one corresponds to the FSR of the Fabry-Perot laser at 40 GHz.

  7. Magneto-optic Crystal Polarization Controller Assisted Mode-Locked Fiber Laser

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    ZHAO Guang-Zhen; GUI Li-Li; XIAO Xiao-Sheng; YANG Chang-Xi

    2011-01-01

    We report a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser based on a compact magneto-optic crystal polarization controller. The length of the polarization controller consisting of four magneto-optic crystal rotators and two quarter wave-plates is only 10cm.Adjusting the polarization controller, central wavelength around 1559nm and repetition rate 21.10 MHz mode-locked pulse are obtained. Pulse duration and 3 dB spectrum width are 598.4fs and 6.24nm respectively. Single pulse energy is about 151.7pJ. Because of its small size, low insertion loss,good controllability and negligible dispersion, the magneto-optic crystal polarization controller could be an ideal polarization controller in fiber lasers.

  8. Attosecond-resolution timing jitter characterization of free-running mode-locked lasers.

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    Kim, Jungwon; Chen, Jeff; Cox, Jonathan; Kärtner, Franz X

    2007-12-15

    Timing jitter characterization of optical pulse trains from free-running mode-locked lasers with attosecond resolution is demonstrated using balanced optical cross correlation in the timing detector and the timing delay configurations. In the timing detector configuration, the balanced cross correlation between two mode-locked lasers synchronized by a low-bandwidth phase-locked loop is used to measure the timing jitter spectral density outside the locking bandwidth. In addition, the timing delay configuration using a 325 m long timing-stabilized fiber link enables the characterization of timing jitter faster than the delay time. The limitation set by shot noise in this configuration is 2.2 x 10(-8) fs(2)/Hz corresponding to 470 as in 10 MHz bandwidth.

  9. Observation of soliton explosions in a passively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Runge, Antoine F J; Erkintalo, Miro

    2014-01-01

    Soliton explosions are among the most exotic dissipative phenomena studied in mode-locked lasers. In this regime, a dissipative soliton circulating in the laser cavity experiences an abrupt structural collapse, but within a few roundtrips returns to its original quasi-stable state. In this work we report on the first observation of such events in a fiber laser. Specifically, we identify clear explosion signatures in measurements of shot-to-shot spectra of an Yb-doped mode-locked fiber laser that is operating in a transition regime between stable and noise-like emission. The comparatively long, all-normal-dispersion cavity used in our experiments also permits direct time-domain measurements, and we show that the explosions manifest themselves as abrupt temporal shifts in the output pulse train. Our experimental results are in good agreement with realistic numerical simulations based on an iterative cavity map.

  10. A High Power and High Repetition Rate Modelocked Ti-Sapphire Laser for Photoinjectors

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    J. Hansknecht; M. Poelker

    2001-07-01

    A high power cw mode-locked Ti-sapphire laser has been constructed to drive the Jefferson Lab polarized photoinjector and provide > 500 mW average power with 50 ps pulsewidths at 499 MHz or 1497 MHz pulse repetition rates. This laser allows efficient, high current synchronous photoinjection for extended periods of time before intrusive steps must be taken to restore the quantum efficiency of the strained layer GaAs photocathode. The use of this laser has greatly enhanced the maximum high polarization beam current capability and operating lifetime of the Jefferson Lab photoinjector compared with previous performance using diode laser systems. A novel modelocking technique provides a simple means to phase-lock the optical pulse train of the laser to the accelerator and allows for operation at higher pulse repetition rates to {approx} 3 GHz without modification of the laser cavity. The laser design and characteristics are described below.

  11. $CO_{2}$ laser ion source Comparison between mode-locked and free- running laser beams

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    Lisi, N; Scrivens, R

    2001-01-01

    The production of highly charged ions in a CO/sub 2/ laser-generated plasma is compared for different laser pulse-time structures. The work was performed at the CERN Laser Ion Source, which has the aim of developing a high current, high charge-state ion source for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). When an intense laser pulse is focused onto a high-Z metal target, the ions expanding in the plasma plume are suitable for extraction from the plasma and matching into a synchrotron. For the first time, a comparison is made between free- running pulses with randomly fluctuating intensity, and mode-locked pulse trains with a reproducible structure and the same energy. Despite the lower power density with respect to the mode-locked pulse train, the free-running pulse provides higher charge states and higher yield. (10 refs).

  12. Ultrafast pulse generation in a mode-locked Erbium chip waveguide laser

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    Khurmi, Champak; Zhang, Wen Qi; V., Shahraam Afshar; Chen, George; Genest, Jérôme; Monro, Tanya M; Lancaster, David G

    2016-01-01

    We report mode-locked ~1550 nm output of transform-limited ~180 fs pulses from a large mode-area (diameter ~ 50 {\\mu}m) guided-wave erbium fluorozirconate glass laser. The passively mode-locked oscillator generates pulses with 25 nm bandwidth at 156 MHz repetition rate and peak-power of 260 W. Scalability to higher repetition rate is demonstrated by transform-limited 410 fs pulse output at 1.3 GHz. To understand the origins of the broad spectral output, the laser cavity is simulated by using a numerical solution to the Ginzburg-Landau equation. This paper reports the widest bandwidth and shortest pulses achieved from an ultra-fast laser inscribed waveguide laser.

  13. Melting and freezing of light pulses and modes in mode-locked lasers.

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    Gordon, Ariel; Vodonos, Boris; Smulakovski, Vladimir; Fischer, Baruch

    2003-12-15

    We present a first experimental demonstration of melting of light pulses and freezing of lightwave modes by applying external noise which acts like temperature, verifying our recent theoretical prediction (Gordon and Fischer [1]). The experiment was performed in a fiber laser passively mode-locked by nonlinear rotation of polarization. The first order phase transition was observed directly in time domain and also by measurement of the quartic order parameter (RF power).

  14. Dynamic gain aperture modelocking in picosecond regime based on cascaded second-order nonlinearity.

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    Mondal, Shyamal; Mukherjee, Shouvik; Singh, Satya Pratap; Rand, Stephen C; Bhattacharya, Sayantan; Das, Amit C; Datta, Prasanta Kumar

    2016-07-11

    The operation of a cascaded second-order mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser has been investigated considering it as a soft-aperture Kerr lens type and using complex beam parameters. A self consistent complex beam propagation method is used to incorporate the effect of cascaded Kerr nonlinearity on radially varying gain aperturing. The analysis deduces a stable pulsewidth of ~9.5 ps which agrees well with the experimental value of 10.3 ps.

  15. Polarization locking in an isotropic, modelocked soliton Er/Yb fiber laser.

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    Cundiff, S; Collings, B; Knox, W

    1997-07-07

    A modelocked fiber laser, operating in the soliton regime without any explicit intracavity polarizers, is observed to spontaneously lock its output polarization for certain values of the intracavity birefringence. For other settings of the intracavity birefringence the output polarization undergoes pulse-to-pulse evolution. The dependence of the output polarization evolution on intracavity birefringence outside of the locking regions can be understood with a simple model. The locking behavior exhibits several surprising aspects and is not completely understood.

  16. Timing characterization of 100 GHz passively mode-locked discrete mode laser diodes

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    Bitauld, David; O'Brien, Stephen

    2011-01-01

    We report on the characterization of the timing stability of passively mode-locked discrete mode diode laser sources. These are edge-emitting devices with a spatially varying refractive index profile for spectral filtering. Two devices with a mode-locking frequency of 100 GHz are characterized. The first device is designed to support a comb of six modes and generates near Fourier limited 1.9 ps pulses. The second supports four primary modes resulting in a sinusoidal modulation of the optical intensity. Using a cross-correlation technique, we measured a 20 fs pulse to pulse timing jitter for the first device, while, for the second device, a mode-beating (RF) linewidth of 1 MHz was measured using heterodyne mixing in a semiconductor optical amplifier. Comparison of these results with those obtained for an equivalent Fabry-Perot laser indicates that the spectral filtering mechanism employed does not adversely affect the timing properties of these passively mode-locked devices.

  17. Comparison of models of fast saturable absorption in passively modelocked lasers.

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    Wang, Shaokang; Marks, Brian S; Menyuk, Curtis R

    2016-09-01

    Fast saturable absorbers (FSAs) play a critical role in stabilizing many passively modelocked lasers. The most commonly used averaged model to study these lasers is the Haus modelocking equation (HME) that includes a third-order nonlinear FSA. However, it predicts a narrow region of stability that is inconsistent with experiments. To better replicate the laser physics, averaged laser models that include FSAs with higher-than-third-order nonlinearities have been introduced. Here, we compare three common FSA models to each other and to the HME using the recently-developed boundary tracking algorithms. The three FSA models are the cubic-quintic model, the sinusoidal model, and the algebraic model. We find that all three models predict the existence of a stable high-energy solution that is not present in the HME and have a much larger stable operating region. We also find that all three models predict qualitatively similar stability diagrams. We conclude that averaged laser models that include FSAs with higher-than-third-order nonlinearity should be used when studying the stability of passively modelocked lasers.

  18. Multi-gigahertz repetition rate ultrafast waveguide lasers mode-locked with graphene saturable absorbers

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    Obraztsov, P. A.; Okhrimchuk, A. G.; Rybin, M. G.; Obraztsova, E. D.; Garnov, S. V.

    2016-08-01

    We report the development of an approach to build compact waveguide lasers that operate in the stable fundamental mode-locking regime with multigigahertz repetition rates. The approach is based on the use of depressed cladding multi- or single-mode waveguides fabricated directly in the active laser crystal using the femtosecond laser inscription method and a graphene saturable absorber. Using this approach we achieve the stable self-starting mode-locking operation of a diode-pumped waveguide Nd:YAG laser that delivers picosecond pulses at a repetition rate of up to 11.5 GHz with an average power of 12 mW at a central wavelength of 1064 nm. The saturable absorbers are formed through the chemical vapor deposition of single-layer graphene on the output coupler mirror or directly on the end facet of the laser crystal. The stable self-starting mode-locking operation is achieved by controlling the group delay dispersion in the laser cavity with an intracavity interferometer. The method developed for the creation of compact ultrashort pulse laser generators with gigahertz repetition rates can be extended further and applied for the development of compact high-repetition rate lasers that operate at a wide range of IR wavelengths.

  19. Techniques for increasing output power from mode-locked semiconductor lasers

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    Mar, A.; Vawter, G.A.

    1996-02-01

    Mode-locked semiconductor lasers have drawn considerable attention as compact, reliable, and relatively inexpensive sources of short optical pulses. Advances in the design of such lasers have resulted in vast improvements in pulsewidth and noise performance, at a very wide range of repetition rates. An attractive application for these lasers would be to serve as alternatives for large benchtop laser systems such as dye lasers and solid-state lasers. However, mode-locked semiconductor lasers have not yet approached the performance of such systems in terms of output power. Different techniques for overcoming the problem of low output power from mode-locked semiconductor lasers will be discussed. Flared and arrayed lasers have been used successfully to increase the pulse saturation energy limit by increasing the gain cross section. Further improvements have been achieved by use of the MOPA configuration, which utilizes a flared semiconductor amplifier s amplify pulses to energies of 120 pJ and peak powers of nearly 30W.

  20. Black phosphorus saturable absorber for ultrafast mode-locked pulse laser via evanescent field interaction

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    Park, Kichul; Lee, Young Tack; Choi, Won-Kook; Song, Yong-Won [Center for Opto-electronic Materials and Devices, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Junsu; Lee, Ju Han [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    Black phosphorus, or BP, has found a lot of applications in recent years including photonics. The most recent studies have shown that the material has an excellent optical nonlinearity useful in many areas, one of which is in saturable absorption for passive mode-locking. A direct interaction scheme for mode-locking, however, has a potential to optically cause permanent damage to the already delicate material. Evanescent field interaction scheme has already been proven to be a useful method to prevent such danger for other 2-dimensional nanomaterials. In this report, we have utilized the evanescent field interaction to demonstrate that the optical nonlinear characteristics of BP is sufficiently strong to use in such an indirect interaction method. The successful demonstration of the passive mode-locking operation has generated pulses with the pulse duration, repetition rate, and time bandwidth product of 2.18 ps, 15.59 MHz, and 0.336, respectively. (copyright 2015 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Passively Mode-Locked Fiber Laser with a Sub-Megahertz Repetition Rate

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    CHEN Jiong; JIA Dong-Fang; WU Yong-Chao; WANG Chang-Le; WANG Zhao-Ying; YANG Tian-Xin

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate an ultra-long cavity by which an all-fiber erbium-doped fiber laser is passively mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation.The length of the resonant cavity amounts to 466m,which can be achieved by incorporating a 420m highly nonlinear fiber.The laser generates stable mode-locked pulses with a 444 kHz fundamental repetition rate.A near transform-limited subpicosecond pulse is obtained without any dispersion compensation.The maximum average power of the output pulses is 5.16 mW,which corresponds to a per-pulse energy of 11.62nJ.A low-repetition-rate optical pulse train is required for many applications such as micromachining,biomedical diagnostics and lidar systems.[1-3] However,the repetition rate of conventional fiber lasers is normally tens of MHz.Pulse pickers such as Pockels cells or acousto-optic modulators are always used to lower the repetition rate,however,reduction in this way introduces significant energy losses,impairs the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and increases complexity.Because the pulse repetition rate of a modelocked laser is inversely proportional to its resonator length,longer cavities lead to lower pulse repetition rates and,consequently,to higher pulse energy at the same average power of radiation.%We demonstrate an ultra-long cavity by which an all-fiber erbium-doped fiber laser is passively mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation. The length of the resonant cavity amounts to 466 m, which can be achieved by incorporating a 420 m highly nonlinear fiber. The laser generates stable mode-locked pulses with a 444 kHz fundamental repetition rate. A near transform-limited subpicosecond pulse is obtained without any dispersion compensation. The maximum average power of the output pulses is 5.16mW, which corresponds to a per-pulse energy of 11.62 nJ.

  2. Wavelength-tunable 10 GHz actively harmonic mode-locked fiber laser based on semiconductor optical amplifier

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    Mao, Yan; Tong, Xinglin; Wang, Zhiqiang; Zhan, Li; Hu, Pan; Chen, Liang

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate a widely wavelength-tunable actively mode-locked fiber laser based on semiconductor optical amplifier. Beneficiating from the actively mode-locking operation and the wavelength-tunable characteristics of a Fabry-Perot filter, different harmonic mode-locking orders, from the fundamental mode-locking order (18.9 MHz) to the 520th order (9.832 GHz), can be easily achieved. The spectral bandwidth corresponding to the fundamental repetition rate is 0.12 nm with the pulse duration of 9.8 ns, leading to the TBP value of 146, which is about 460 times the transform-limited value for soliton pulse. The highest repetition rate of the mode-locked pulses we obtained is 9.832 GHz, with a signal-to-noise ratio up to 50 dB. The theoretical transform-limited pulse duration is 21 ps. Meanwhile, the central wavelength can be continuously tuned over 43.4 nm range (1522.8-1566.2 nm). The higher repetition rate and the widely tuning wavelength range make the fiber laser to own great potential and promising prospects in areas such as optical communication and photonic analog-to-digital conversion (ADC).

  3. Diode array pumped, non-linear mirror Q-switched and mode-locked Nd : YVO4 laser – a good tool for powder SHG measurement

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    P K Datta; Chandrajit Basu; S Mukhopadhyay; S K Das; G K Samanta; Antonio Agnesi

    2004-11-01

    A non-linear mirror consisting of a lithium triborate crystal and a dichroic output coupler are used to mode-lock (passively) an Nd : YVO4 laser, pumped by a diode laser array. The laser can operate both in cw mode-locked and simultaneously Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) regime. The peak power of the laser while operating in QML regime is much higher but pulses suffers from poor amplitude stability. The incorporation of an acousto-optic modulator as an active Q-switch enhances the stability of the QML pulse envelope. The second-order non-linearity of powdered crystalline urea is conclusively measured with respect to KDP while the laser is operating in passively Q-switched and passively mode-locked regime as well as in actively Q-switched and passively mode-locked regime.

  4. Gain engineering for all-optical microwave and high speed pulse generation in mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Li, Fangxin; Helmy, Amr S.

    2014-03-01

    Pulsed sources based on approaches that employ only photonic components and no RF components will be discussed in this talk. Several technologies have been explored to generate actively mode-locked sources using electronically driven fiber ring cavities. However, for these sources the pulse repetition rate is usually limited by the bandwidth of the intracavity modulator. Filtering of highly-stable low repetition rate optical combs utilizing cavities such as Fabry-Perot etalons can be used to overcome this limitation. This scheme is not flexible as it requires highly precise control of ultrahigh finesse etalons which limits the repetition rate to the free spectral range of the filter. Pulsed sources based on semiconductor devices offer many advantages, including large gain bandwidth, rapid tunability, long-term stability. In this work we introduce a novel, simple method to generate optical clock with wavelength tunability using two continuous wave (CW) lasers. The lasers are injected into a conventional SOAs-based fiber ring laser. The beating signal generated by these two lasers causes the modulation of the SOA gain saturation inside the cavity. Thus, the SOA provides gain and functions as the modulator as well as the gain medium. When the lasing mode inside the cavity is amplified, it also results in gain-induced four wave mixing. The proposed technique is particularly versatile, overcoming the bandwidth limitation of other techniques, which require RF sources. Moreover, this technique provides the possibility for hybrid integration as it is comprised of semiconductor chips that can be heterogeneously integrated on a Si platform.

  5. High-power 200 fs Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator.

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    Pronin, O; Brons, J; Grasse, C; Pervak, V; Boehm, G; Amann, M-C; Kalashnikov, V L; Apolonski, A; Krausz, F

    2011-12-15

    We demonstrate a power-scalable Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator. It delivers 200 fs pulses at an average power of 17 W and a repetition rate of 40 MHz. At an increased (180 W) pump power level, the laser produces 270 fs 1.1 μJ pulses at an average power of 45 W (optical-to-optical efficiency of 25%). Semiconductor-saturable-absorber-mirror-assisted Kerr-lens mode locking (KLM) and pure KLM with a hard aperture show similar performance. To our knowledge, these are the shortest pulses achieved from a mode-locked Yb:YAG disk oscillator and this is the first demonstration of a Kerr-lens mode-locked thin-disk laser.

  6. Diode end-pumped self-Q-switched and mode-locked Nd,Cr:YAG/KTP green laser

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    Du Shi-Feng; Wang Su-Mei; Zhang Dong-Xiang; Feng Bao-Hua; Zhang Chun-Yu; Zhang Ling; Zhang Zhi-Guo; Zhang Shi-Wen

    2006-01-01

    We first experimentally demonstrate a laser-diode end-pumped self-Q-switched and mode-locked Nd,Cr:YAG green laser with a KTP crystal as the intra- cavity frequency doubler. The device produces an average output power of 680 mW at 532 nm. The corresponding pulse width of the Q-switched envelope of the green laser is 170 ± 20 ns. The mode-locked pulses have a repetition rate of approximately 183 MHz and the average pulse duration is estimated to be around sub-nanosecond. It is found that the intra-cavity frequency doubling greatly improves the modulation depth and stability of the mode-locked pulses within the Q-switched envelope.

  7. Contrastive study of two SESAMs for passive mode-locking in Nd:YVO4 laser with low pump power

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    Yang Liu; Liqun Sun; Yonggang Wang; Qian Tian; Xiaoyu Ma; Zhigang Zhang

    2005-01-01

    Two semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs), of which one is coated with 50% reflection film on the top and the other is not, were contrastively studied in passively mode-locked solid-state lasers which were pumped by low output power laser diode (LD). Experiments have shown that reducing the modulation depth of SESAM by coating partial reflection film, whose reflectivity is higher than that between SESAM and air interface, is an effective method to get continuous wave (CW) mode-locking instead of Q-switched power LD, in which no water-cooling system was used, could obtain CW mode-locking by the 50% reflector coated SESAM with average output power of ~ 20 mW.

  8. Generation of sub-100 fs pulses from mode-locked Nd,Y:SrF2 laser with enhancing SPM

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    Zhu, Jiangfeng; Wei, Long; Tian, Wenlong; Liu, Jiaxing; Wang, Zhaohua; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-05-01

    A mode-locked laser using Nd,Y:SrF2 crystal as the gain medium is presented in this letter. By special design of the cavity for enhancing the self-phase modulation effect, femtosecond mode-locking with 97 fs pulse duration and 13.2 nm spectral width centered at 1061 nm is obtained at a repetition rate of 96 MHz. The average output power is 102 mW under 925 mW pump power, corresponding to the optical-to-optical efficiency of 11%. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first sub-100 fs pulses generated from a mode-locked Nd doped crystal laser.

  9. A comparative study on dual colour soft aperture cascaded second-order mode-locking with different nonlinear optical crystals

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    Shyamal Mondal; Satya Pratap Singh; Sourabh Mukhopadhyay; Aditya Date; Kamal Hussain; Shouvik Mukherjee; Prasanta Kumar Datta

    2014-02-01

    A comparative study in terms of optimized output power and stability is made on cascaded second-order nonlinear optical mode-locking with KTP, BBO and LBO crystals for both 1064 nm and 532 nm. Large nonlinear optical phase shift achieved in a non-phase-matched second harmonic generating crystal, is transformed into amplitude modulation through soft aperturing the nonlinear cavity mode variation at the laser gain medium to mode-lock a Nd:YVO4 laser. The laser delivers stable dual wavelength cw mode-locked pulse train with pulse duration 10.3 ps and average power of 1.84 W and 255 mW at 1064 nm and 532 nm respectively for the optimum performance in type-II KTP crystal. The exceptional stability achieved with KTP is accounted by simulating the mode-size variation with phase mismatch.

  10. Diode-Pumped Self Q-Switched and Mode-Locking Nd3+,Cr4+:YAG Laser

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    LI Chun-Yong; LI Ping-Xue; LI De-Hua; FENG Bao-Hua; FU Pan-Ming; ZHANG Zhi-Guo; ZHANG Shi-Wen

    2004-01-01

    @@ Using Nd3+,Cr4+ : YAG as a laser crystal and saturable absorber simultaneously, we obtain a self-Q-switched and mode-locking laser at 1.06 μm with straight cavity structure. Self mode-locking phenomenon was observed at an intracavity intensity of only about 2000 W/cm2. More than 90% modulation depth is achieved at an intracavity intensity of less than 3.0 × 104 W/cm2 for the first time. The Q-switched pulse width and repetition rate are found to be connected with the cavity length and the output power.

  11. Q-switched mode-locked diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with a saturable Bragg reflector

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    Juan Du(杜鹃); Jingliang He(何京良); Jie Liu(刘杰); Qiuxia Jiang(姜秋霞); Sheng Liu(刘胜); Huitian Wang(王慧田)

    2004-01-01

    We demonstrated a diode-pumped passively Q-switched mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser by using a relaxed saturable Bragg reflector (SBR). Stable mode-locked pulse train with the repetition rate of ~230 MHz was achieved and the pulse train was modulated by the Q-switched envelope with the repetition rate of ~150 kHz. The maximum output of 4 W was obtained under the pump power of 13.5 W. The optical-to-optical efficiency was 30%. We also discussed the transition of each process having emerged.

  12. Q-switched mode-locked diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with a saturable Bragg reflector

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    杜鹃; 何京良; 刘杰; 姜秋霞; 刘胜; 王慧田

    2004-01-01

    We demonstrated a diode-pumped passively Q-switched mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser by using a relaxed saturable Bragg reflector (SBR). Stable mode-locked pulse train with the repetition rate of ~230 MHz was achieved and the pulse train was modulated by the Q-switched envelope with the repetition rate of ~150kHz. The maximum output of 4 W was obtained under the pump power of 13.5 W. The optical-to-optical efficiency was 30%. We also discussed the transition of each process having emerged.

  13. Low-loss flake-graphene saturable absorber mirror for laser mode-locking at sub-200-fs pulse duration

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    Cunning, B V; Kielpinski, D

    2011-01-01

    Saturable absorbers are a key component for mode-locking femtosecond lasers. Polymer films containing graphene flakes have recently been used in transmission as laser mode-lockers, but suffer from high nonsaturable loss, limiting their application in low-gain lasers. Here we present a saturable absorber mirror based on a film of pure graphene flakes. The device is used to mode lock an erbium-doped fiber laser, generating pulses with state-of-the-art, sub-200-fs duration. The laser characteristic indicate that the film exhibits low nonsaturable loss (13% per pass) and large absorption modulation depth (45% of low-power absorption).

  14. Mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser emitting broadband pulses at ultra-low repetition rates

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    Bowen, Patrick; Provo, Richard; Harvey, John D; Broderick, Neil G R

    2016-01-01

    We report on an environmentally stable, Yb-doped, all-normal dispersion, mode-locked fibre laser that is capable of creating broadband pulses with ultra-low repetition rates. Specifically, through careful positioning of fibre sections in an all-PM-fibre cavity mode-locked with a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror, we achieve stable pulse trains with repetition rates as low as 506 kHz. The pulses have several nanojules of energy and are compressible down to ultrashort (< 500 fs) durations.

  15. Large net-normal dispersion Er-doped fibre laser mode-locked with a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror

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    Bowen, Patrick; Broderick, Neil G R

    2016-01-01

    We report on an environmentally stable, all-PM-fibre, Er-doped, mode-locked laser with a central wavelength of 1550 nm. Significantly, the laser possesses large net-normal dispersion such that its dynamics are comparable to that of an all-normal dispersion fibre laser at 1 {\\mu}m with an analogous architecture. The laser is mode-locked with a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror to produce pulses that are externally compressible to 500 fs. Experimental results are in good agreement with numerical simulations.

  16. Comparative study between conventional and diffusion-bonded Nd-doped vanadate crystals in the passively mode-locked operation.

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    Huang, Y J; Huang, Y P; Liang, H C; Su, K W; Chen, Y F; Huang, K F

    2010-04-26

    We design a reliable linear three-element cavity to make a comparative study between the conventional and diffusion-bonded Nd:GdVO(4) crystals in the passively mode-locked operation. Experimental investigations reveal that the mode-locked pulse width obtained with the diffusion-bonded crystal is considerably broader than that obtained with the conventional crystal, even though the diffusion-bonded crystal can significantly reduce the thermal effects. The pulse broadening is experimentally verified to come from the length of the undoped part that brings in a reduction of the spatial-hole-burning (SHB) effect.

  17. Integration

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    Emerek, Ruth

    2004-01-01

    Bidraget diskuterer de forskellige intergrationsopfattelse i Danmark - og hvad der kan forstås ved vellykket integration......Bidraget diskuterer de forskellige intergrationsopfattelse i Danmark - og hvad der kan forstås ved vellykket integration...

  18. Second harmonic pico-second pulse generation with mode-locked 1064nm DBR laser diodes

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    Klehr, A.; Prziwarka, T.; Jedrzejczyk, D.; Brox, O.; Bugge, F.; Wenzel, H.; Paschke, K.; Erbert, G.; Tränkle, G.

    2014-02-01

    Detailed experimental investigations of the generation of high-energy short infrared and green pulses with a mode-locked multi-section distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser in dependence on the lengths of the gain section and the saturableabsorber (SA) section as well the corresponding input currents and reverse voltages, respectively, are presented. The laser under investigation is 3.5 mm long and has a 500 μm long DBR section. The remaining cavity was divided into four 50 μm, four 100 μm, two 200 μm and eight 250 μm long electrically separated segments so that the lengths of the gain and SA sections can be simply varied by bonding. Thus, the dependence of the mode-locking behavior on the lengths of the gain and SA sections can be investigated on the same device. Optimal mode-locking was obtained for absorber lengths between LAbs = 200 μm and 300 μm and absorber voltages between UAbs= -2 V and -3 V. A pulse length of τ ≍ 10 ps, a repetition frequency of 13 GHz and a RF line width of less than 100 kHz were measured. An infrared peak pulse power of 900 mW was reached. The FWHM of the optical spectrum was about 150 pm. With an 11.5 mm long periodically poled MgO doped LiNbO3 crystal having a ridge geometry of 5 μm width and 4 μm height green light pulses were generated. With an infrared pump peak power of 900 mW a green pulse energy of 3.15 pJ was reached. The opto-optical conversion efficiency was about 31%.

  19. Dual-comb MIXSEL

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    Link, S. M.; Zaugg, C. A.; Klenner, A.; Mangold, M.; Golling, M.; Tilma, B. W.; Keller, U.

    2015-03-01

    We present a single semiconductor disk laser simultaneously emitting two different gigahertz modelocked pulse trains. A birefringent crystal inside a modelocked integrated external-cavity surface-emitting laser (MIXSEL) separates the cavity beam into two spatially separated beams with perpendicular polarizations on the MIXSEL chip. This MIXSEL then generates two orthogonally polarized collinear modelocked pulse trains from one simple straight cavity. Superimposing the beams on a photo detector creates a microwave beat signal, representing a strikingly simple setup to down-convert the terahertz optical frequencies into the electronically accessible microwave regime. This makes the dual-comb MIXSEL scheme an ultra-compact and cost-efficient candidate for dual-comb spectroscopy applications.

  20. Mode-locked pulse oscillation of a self-resonating enhancement optical cavity

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    Hosaka, Yuji; Kosuge, Atsushi; Omori, Tsunehiko; Sakaue, Kazuyuki; Takahashi, Tohru; Uesugi, Yuuki; Urakawa, Junji; Washio, Masakazu

    2016-01-01

    A power enhancement optical cavity is a compelling means of realizing a pulsed laser with a high peak power and a high repetition frequency, which is not feasible by using a simple amplifier scheme. However, a precise feedback system is necessary for maintaining the narrow resonance condition of the optical cavity, and has become a major technical issue in developing such cavities. We developed a new approach that does not require any active feedback system, by placing the cavity in the outer loop of a laser amplifier. We report on the first demonstration of a mode-locked pulse oscillation using the new system.

  1. 1700 nm dispersion managed mode-locked bismuth fiber laser

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    Teppo Noronen; Sergei Firstov; Evgeny Dianov; Okhotnikov, Oleg G.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the first 1.7 μm bismuth-doped fiber laser generating ultrashort pulses via passive mode-locking. Pulse operation has been achieved for both anomalous and normal dispersion of the laser cavity owing to broadband characteristics of carbon nanotube saturable absorber. The laser delivered 1.65 ps pulses in net anomalous dispersion regime. In normal dispersion regime, the laser delivered 14 ps pulses which could be compressed to 1.2 ps using external fiber compressor.

  2. 1700 nm dispersion managed mode-locked bismuth fiber laser

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    Noronen, Teppo; Firstov, Sergei; Dianov, Evgeny; Okhotnikov, Oleg G.

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate the first 1.7 μm bismuth-doped fiber laser generating ultrashort pulses via passive mode-locking. Pulse operation has been achieved for both anomalous and normal dispersion of the laser cavity owing to broadband characteristics of carbon nanotube saturable absorber. The laser delivered 1.65 ps pulses in net anomalous dispersion regime. In normal dispersion regime, the laser delivered 14 ps pulses which could be compressed to 1.2 ps using external fiber compressor.

  3. Tunable mode-locked laser with micro-air gap cavity

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    Ahmad, H.; Aidit, S. N.; Hassan, N. A.; Ooi, S. I.; Tiu, Z. C.

    2017-02-01

    A tunable mode-locked laser with a micro-air gap cavity acting as a high resolution tuning is proposed and demonstrated. The laser utilizes the nonlinear polarization technique in the cavity to obtain a reliable and stable mode locking over the whole tuning range at a resolution of 1 nm. The micro-air gap is constructed by aligning two fiber facets coaxially, and the variation of micro-air gap introduces a tuning mechanism where it changes the gain saturation compensation in the gain medium and thus induces wavelength shifting on the generated solitons.

  4. Cross-phase modulation instability in mode-locked laser based on reduced graphene oxide

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    Gaol, Lei; Liu, Min; Huang, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Cross-phase modulation instability (XPMI) is experimentally observed in a fiber ring cavity with net normal dispersion and mode-locked by long fiber taper. The taper is deposited with reduced graphene oxide, which can decrease the threshold of XPMI due to the enhanced nonlinearity realized by 8 mm evanescent field interaction length and strong mode confinement. Experimental results indicate that the phase matching conditions in two polarization directions are different, and sidebands with different intensities are generated. This phase matching condition can be satisfied even the polarization state of the laser varies greatly under different pump strengths.

  5. Mode-locked picosecond pulse generation from an octave-spanning supercontinuum

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    Kielpinski, D; Canning, J; Stevenson, M; Westbrook, P S; Feder, K S

    2011-01-01

    We generate mode-locked picosecond pulses near 1110 nm by spectrally slicing and reamplifying an octave-spanning supercontinuum source pumped at 1550 nm. The 1110 nm pulses are near transform-limited, with 1.7 ps duration over their 1.2 nm bandwidth, and exhibit high interpulse coherence. Both the supercontinuum source and the pulse synthesis system are implemented completely in fiber. The versatile source construction suggests that pulse synthesis from sliced supercontinuum may be a useful technique across the 1000 - 2000 nm wavelength range.

  6. Mode-locked Lasers Applied to Deflecting a Near Earth Object on Collision Course with Earth

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    Fork, Richard; Burgess, Luke; Bergstue, Grant

    2013-01-01

    We consider synchronized trains of sub-picosecond pulses generated by mode-locked lasers applied to deflection of near Earth objects (NEO) on collision course with Earth. Our method is designed to avoid a predicted collision of the NEO with Earth by at least the diameter of Earth. We estimate deflecting a 10,000 MT NEO, such as the asteroid which struck Earth near Chelyabinsk, Russia to be feasible within several months using average power in the ten kilowatt range. We see this deflection method as scalable to larger NEO to a degree not possible using continuous laser systems.

  7. Sub-picosecond ultra-low frequency passively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Cuadrado-Laborde, Christian; Cruz, José L.; Díez, Antonio; Andrés, Miguel V.

    2016-11-01

    We developed a nonlinear polarization rotation all-fiber mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser, with the purpose to reach a sub-picosecond and sub-megahertz light pulse emission. In the process, we observed three different emission regimes as the net birefringence is changed, namely high-power dissipative soliton resonance, low-power soliton regime, and a mixed combination of both. In the pure solitonic regime, a 0.961 MHz train of chirp-free Gaussian pulses was obtained, with a time width of 0.919 ps at 1564.3 nm.

  8. Fourier domain mode-locked swept source at 1050 nm based on a tapered amplifier

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    Marschall, Sebastian; Klein, Thomas; Wieser, Wolfgang;

    2010-01-01

    While swept source optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the 1050 nm range is promising for retinal imaging, there are certain challenges. Conventional semiconductor gain media have limited output power, and the performance of high-speed Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) lasers suffers from...... achieved stable FDML operation, exploiting the full bandwidth of the tapered amplifier despite high dispersion. The light source operates at a repetition rate of 116 kHz with an effective average output power in excess of 30 mW. With a total sweep range of 70 nm, we achieved an axial resolution of 15 μm...

  9. Supercontinuum generation pumped by a regeneratively mode-locked fiber laser

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    JIA Dong-fang; TAN Bin; WANG Zhao-ying; GE Chun-feng; NI Wen-jun; LI Shi-chen

    2005-01-01

    Supercontinuum(SC) generation in a dispersion-shifted fiber(DSF) pumped by a 10 GHz regeneratively mode-locked fiber laser(RMLFL) is presented.Optimization of pump wavelength leads to a 20 dB bandwidth of 58.73 nm,which covers the whole C band and part of L band.Using an angle-tuning thin film filter,multi-wavelength and pico-second pulse trains of low chirp could be chosen from the SC spectrum.Amplified spontaneous emission(ASE) induced degeneration of the achieved pulse trains is observed and discussed.

  10. Effects of resonator input power on Kerr lens mode-locked lasers

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    S Kazempour; A Keshavarz; G Honarasa

    2015-07-01

    Using the ABCD matrix method, the common stability region between the sagittal and tangential planes of a four-mirror Kerr lens mode-locked (KLM) laser cavity is obtained for different ranges of input power. In addition, the effect of the input power on the Kerr lens sensitivity is investigated. Optimal input power and position for highest Kerr lens sensitivity in the stability region are presented and self-starting regime has been achieved. Results show that the resonator input power has a great influence on designing the KLM lasers which can be used in fabricating an optimal femtosecond laser.

  11. Evanescent-wave coupled right angled buried waveguide: Applications in carbon nanotube mode-locking

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    Mary, R.; Thomson, R. R.; Kar, A. K., E-mail: a.k.kar@hw.ac.uk [Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom); Brown, G. [Optoscribe Ltd, 0/14 Alba Innovation Centre, Alba Campus, Livingston EH54 7GA (United Kingdom); Beecher, S. J. [Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Popa, D.; Sun, Z.; Torrisi, F.; Hasan, T.; Milana, S.; Bonaccorso, F.; Ferrari, A. C. [Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)

    2013-11-25

    We present an evanescent-field device based on a right-angled waveguide. This consists of orthogonal waveguides, with their points of intersection lying along an angled facet of the chip. Light guided along one waveguide is incident at the angled dielectric-air facet at an angle exceeding the critical angle, so that the totally internally reflected light is coupled into the second waveguide. By depositing a nanotube film on the angled surface, the chip is then used to mode-lock an Erbium doped fiber ring laser with a repetition rate of 26 MHz, and pulse duration of 800 fs.

  12. Trade-off between Linewidth and Slip Rate in a Mode-Locked Laser Model

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    Moore, Richard O

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a trade-off between linewidth and loss-of-lock frequency in a mode-locked laser employing active feedback to control the carrier-envelope offset phase difference. In frequency metrology applications, the linewidth translates directly to uncertainty in the measured frequency, while the impact of lock loss and recovery on the measured frequency is less well understood. We reduce the dynamics to stochastic differential equations, specifically diffusion processes, and compare the linearized linewidth to the rate of lock loss determined by the mean time to exit calculated from large deviation theory.

  13. Mode-locked 1.5 micrometers semiconductor optical amplifier fiber ring

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    Pedersen, Niels V.; Jakobsen, Kaj Bjarne; Vaa, Michael

    1996-01-01

    The dynamics of a mode-locked SOA fiber ring are investigated experimentally and numerically. Generation of near transform-limited (time-bandwidth product=0.7) 1.5 μm 54 ps FWHM pulses with a peak power of 2.8 mW at a repetition rate of 960 MHz is demonstrated experimentally. The experimental results agree well with the simulation results obtained using a transmission line laser model (TLLM) model, Both experiments and numerical simulations show how the RF power and the detuning affect the pu...

  14. Graphene oxide mode-locked Yb:GAGG bulk laser operating in the femtosecond regime

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    Cui, Liang; Lou, Fei; Li, Yan-bin; Hou, Jia; He, Jing-Liang; Jia, Zhi-Tai; Liu, Jing-Quan; Zhang, Bai-Tao; Yang, Ke-Jian; Wang, Zhao-Wei; Tao, Xu-Tang

    2015-04-01

    High-quality graphene oxide saturable absorber (SA) is successfully fabricated with 1-2 layer graphene oxide. By employing this SA, we have demonstrated femtosecond pulse generation from a graphene oxide passively mode locked bulk laser for the first time to our best knowledge. With two Gires-Tournois interferometer mirrors for dispersion compensation, pulses as short as 493 fs with an average power of 500 mW are obtained at the central wavelength of 1035.5 nm. These results presented here indicate the great potential of GO for generating femtosecond mode-locked pulses in the bulk laser.

  15. Wide-band residual phase-noise measurements on 40-GHz monolithic mode-locked lasers

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    Larsson, David; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2005-01-01

    We have performed wide-band residual phase-noise measurements on semiconductor 40-GHz mode-locked lasers by employing electrical waveguide components for the radio-frequency circuit. The intrinsic timing jitters of lasers with one, two, and three quantum wells (QW) are compared and our design...... prediction, concerning noise versus number of QWs, for the first time corroborated by experiments. A minimum jitter of 44 fs is found, by extrapolating to the Nyquist frequency, for the one-QW device having nearly transform-limited pulses of 1.2 ps. This jitter is nearly three times lower than for a three...

  16. [Integrity].

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    Gómez Rodríguez, Rafael Ángel

    2014-01-01

    To say that someone possesses integrity is to claim that that person is almost predictable about responses to specific situations, that he or she can prudentially judge and to act correctly. There is a closed interrelationship between integrity and autonomy, and the autonomy rests on the deeper moral claim of all humans to integrity of the person. Integrity has two senses of significance for medical ethic: one sense refers to the integrity of the person in the bodily, psychosocial and intellectual elements; and in the second sense, the integrity is the virtue. Another facet of integrity of the person is la integrity of values we cherish and espouse. The physician must be a person of integrity if the integrity of the patient is to be safeguarded. The autonomy has reduced the violations in the past, but the character and virtues of the physician are the ultimate safeguard of autonomy of patient. A field very important in medicine is the scientific research. It is the character of the investigator that determines the moral quality of research. The problem arises when legitimate self-interests are replaced by selfish, particularly when human subjects are involved. The final safeguard of moral quality of research is the character and conscience of the investigator. Teaching must be relevant in the scientific field, but the most effective way to teach virtue ethics is through the example of the a respected scientist.

  17. Integration of a terahertz quantum cascade laser with a hollow waveguide

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    Wanke, Michael C [Albuquerque, NM; Nordquist, Christopher D [Albuquerque, NM

    2012-07-03

    The present invention is directed to the integration of a quantum cascade laser with a hollow waveguide on a chip to improve both the beam pattern and manufacturability. By coupling the QCL output into a single-mode rectangular waveguide the radiation mode structure can be known and the propagation, manipulation, and broadcast of the QCL radiation can then be entirely controlled by well-established rectangular waveguide techniques. By controlling the impedance of the interface, enhanced functions, such as creating amplifiers, efficient coupling to external cavities, and increasing power output from metal-metal THz QCLs, are also enabled.

  18. Characterization of nonlinear saturation and mode-locking potential of ionically-doped colored glass filter for short-pulse fiber lasers.

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    Zhang, M; Kelleher, E J R; Popov, S V; Taylor, J R

    2013-05-20

    The nonlinear saturable absorption of an ionically-doped colored glass filter is measured directly using a Z-scan technique. For the first time, we demonstrate the potential of this material as a saturable asborber in fiber lasers. We achieve mode-locking of an ytterbium doped system. Mode-locking of cavities with all-positive and net-negative group velocity dispersion are demonstrated, achieving pulse durations of 60 ps and 4.1 ps, respectively. This inexpensive and optically robust material, with the potential for broadband operation, could surplant other saturable absorber devices in affordable mode-locked fiber lasers.

  19. Mode-locking neurodynamics predict human auditory brainstem responses to musical intervals.

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    Lerud, Karl D; Almonte, Felix V; Kim, Ji Chul; Large, Edward W

    2014-02-01

    The auditory nervous system is highly nonlinear. Some nonlinear responses arise through active processes in the cochlea, while others may arise in neural populations of the cochlear nucleus, inferior colliculus and higher auditory areas. In humans, auditory brainstem recordings reveal nonlinear population responses to combinations of pure tones, and to musical intervals composed of complex tones. Yet the biophysical origin of central auditory nonlinearities, their signal processing properties, and their relationship to auditory perception remain largely unknown. Both stimulus components and nonlinear resonances are well represented in auditory brainstem nuclei due to neural phase-locking. Recently mode-locking, a generalization of phase-locking that implies an intrinsically nonlinear processing of sound, has been observed in mammalian auditory brainstem nuclei. Here we show that a canonical model of mode-locked neural oscillation predicts the complex nonlinear population responses to musical intervals that have been observed in the human brainstem. The model makes predictions about auditory signal processing and perception that are different from traditional delay-based models, and may provide insight into the nature of auditory population responses. We anticipate that the application of dynamical systems analysis will provide the starting point for generic models of auditory population dynamics, and lead to a deeper understanding of nonlinear auditory signal processing possibly arising in excitatory-inhibitory networks of the central auditory nervous system. This approach has the potential to link neural dynamics with the perception of pitch, music, and speech, and lead to dynamical models of auditory system development.

  20. An ultrafast optics undergraduate advanced laboratory with a mode-locked fiber laser

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    Schaffer, Andrew; Fredrick, Connor; Hoyt, Chad; Jones, Jason

    2015-05-01

    We describe an ultrafast optics undergraduate advanced laboratory comprising a mode-locked erbium fiber laser, auto-correlation measurements, and an external, free-space parallel grating dispersion compensation apparatus. The simple design of the stretched pulse laser uses nonlinear polarization rotation mode-locking to produce pulses at a repetition rate of 55 MHz and average power of 5.5 mW. Interferometric and intensity auto-correlation measurements are made using a Michelson interferometer that takes advantage of the two-photon nonlinear response of a common silicon photodiode for the second order correlation between 1550 nm laser pulses. After a pre-amplifier and compression, pulse widths as narrow as 108 fs are measured at 17 mW average power. A detailed parts list includes previously owned and common components used by the telecommunications industry, which may decrease the cost of the lab to within reach of many undergraduate and graduate departments. We also describe progress toward a relatively low-cost optical frequency comb advanced laboratory. NSF EIR #1208930.

  1. Modeling of mode-locking in a laser with spatially separate gain media

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    Oldenbeuving, R M; van Voorst, P D; Offerhaus, H L; Boller, K -J

    2010-01-01

    We present a novel laser mode-locking scheme and discuss its unusual properties and feasibility using a theoretical model. A large set of single-frequency continuous-wave lasers oscillate by amplification in spatially separated gain media. They are mutually phase-locked by nonlinear feedback from a common saturable absorber. As a result, ultra short pulses are generated. The new scheme offers three significant benefits: the light that is amplified in each medium is continuous wave, thereby avoiding issues related to group velocity dispersion and nonlinear effects that can perturb the pulse shape. The set of frequencies on which the laser oscillates, and therefore the pulse repetition rate, is controlled by the geometry of resonator-internal optical elements, not by the cavity length. Finally, the bandwidth of the laser can be controlled by switching gain modules on and off. This scheme offers a route to mode-locked lasers with high average output power, repetition rates that can be scaled into the THz range, ...

  2. RF spectral analysis for characterisation of mode-locked regimes in fibre lasers

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    Ivanenko, Alexey V.; Kobtsev, Sergey M.; Kokhanovskiy, Alexey; Smirnov, Sergey V.

    2016-10-01

    In this work, we present our results of RF spectral analysis applied to mode-locked lasers and propose a method of qualitative assessment of mode-locked operation, which allows differentiation of individual generation regimes by a parameter calculated from RF spectra of the fundamental and the n-th radiation harmonics. The proposed parameter is derived both from the signal-to-noise ratio and from width and amount of additional noise present in RF spectrum of inter-mode beats at the fundamental pulse repetition frequency and its harmonic. This work presents analysis of energy fluctuations and temporal instability of pulse train period for different regimes of pulse generation in Yb fibre laser mode locked due to nonlinear polarization evolution. The paper shows that energy fluctuations of single-scale ("conventional") pulses is about 1.6%, whereas for double-scale pulses energy fluctuations amount to 11.5%. Temporal instability of double-scale pulse train period is 1.5 times higher in comparison with single-scale pulse train period.

  3. Multiple-Pulse Operation and Bound States of Solitons in Passive Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers

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    A. Komarov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present results of our research on a multiple-pulse operation of passive mode-locked fiber lasers. The research has been performed on basis of numerical simulation. Multihysteresis dependence of both an intracavity energy and peak intensities of intracavity ultrashort pulses on pump power is found. It is shown that the change of a number of ultrashort pulses in a laser cavity can be realized by hard as well as soft regimes of an excitation and an annihilation of new solitons. Bound steady states of interacting solitons are studied for various mechanisms of nonlinear losses shaping ultrashort pulses. Possibility of coding of information on basis of soliton trains with various bonds between neighboring pulses is discussed. The role of dispersive wave emitted by solitons because of lumped intracavity elements in a formation of powerful soliton wings is analyzed. It is found that such powerful wings result in large bounding energies of interacting solitons in steady states. Various problems of a soliton interaction in passive mode-locked fiber lasers are discussed.

  4. Investigations of repetition rate stability of a mode-locked quantum dot semiconductor laser in an auxiliary optical fiber cavity

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    Breuer, Stefan; Elsässer, Wolfgang; McInerney, J.G.

    2010-01-01

    We have investigated experimentally the pulse train (mode beating) stability of a monolithic mode-locked multi-section quantum-dot laser with an added passive auxiliary optical fiber cavity. Addition of the weakly coupled (¿ -24dB) cavity reduces the current-induced shift d¿/dI of the principal...

  5. Amplification of short pulses from a mode-locked diode laser in an ytterbium-doped fiber

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    Hekelaar, M.G.; Adhimoolam, B.; Gross, P.; Lindsay, I.D.; Boller, Klaus J.

    2005-01-01

    We report the first mode-locked diode laser at 1.04 µm with subsequent amplification of the pulses in an ytterbium-doped fiber amplifier. The generated pulses have a pulse duration of 70ps and peak power of 50W.

  6. Systematic investigation of the temperature behavior of InAs/InP quantum nanostructure passively mode-locked lasers

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    Klaime, K.; Piron, R.; Grillot, F.

    2013-01-01

    This paper aims to investigate the effects of the temperature on the mode-locking capability of two section InAs/InP quantum nanostructure (QN) passively mode locked lasers. Devices are made with multi-layers of self-assembled InAs QN either grown on InP(100) (5 quantum dashes (QDashes) layers...

  7. Rate equation dynamics of passively mode-locked quasi-continuous lasers: pulse stability and dynamic pulse compression

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    New, G.H.C.; Orkney, K.E.; Nock, M.J.W.

    1976-09-01

    New theoretical results connected with the stability of multiple pulsing in a passively mode-locked quasicontinuous laser in the rate equation approximation are presented. Together with earlier results, these allow the number of pulses per cavity transit to be predicted and a qualitative estimate made of the pulse duration for any combination of parameters. The results are illustrated by computer evolutions.

  8. Pulse bundles and passive harmonic mode-locked pulses in Tm-doped fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization rotation.

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    Wang, Xiong; Zhou, Pu; Wang, Xiaolin; Xiao, Hu; Liu, Zejin

    2014-03-10

    We demonstrate the nanosecond-level pulses in Tm-doped fiber laser generated by passively harmonic mode-locking. Nonlinear polarization rotation performed by two polarization controllers (PCs) is employed to induce the self-starting harmonic mode-locking. The fundamental repetition rate of the laser is 448.8 kHz, decided by the length of the cavity. Bundles of pulses with up to 17 uniform subpulses are generated due to the split of pulse when the pump power increases and the PCs are adjusted. Continuous harmonic mode-locked pulse trains are obtained with 1st to 6th and even more than 15th order when the positions of the PCs are properly fixed and the pump power is scaled up. The widths of all the uniform individual pulses are mostly 3-5 ns, and pulse with width of 304 ns at fundamental repetition rate can also be generated by adjusting the PCs. Hysteresis phenomenon of the passively harmonic mode-locked pulses' repetition frequency versus pump power is observed. The rather wide 3dB spectral bandwidth of the pulse train (25 nm) indicates that they may resemble noise-like pulses.

  9. Suppression of continuous lasing in a carbon nanotube polyimide film mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser.

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    Gui, Lili; Yang, Xin; Zhao, Guangzhen; Yang, Xu; Xiao, Xiaosheng; Zhu, Jinsong; Yang, Changxi

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrated an erbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser using a single-walled carbon nanotube-dispersed polyimide (SWNT-PI) film. Different mode-locking operations were compared and analyzed utilizing SWNT-PI films with different concentrations (2, 1, and 0.25 wt.%, respectively). It was found that the continuous single-pulse mode-locking operation was often accompanied by a continuous wave oscillation part for the 1 and 0.25 wt.% SWNT-PI films, whereas the 2 wt.% SWNT-PI film presented the most excellent mode-locking performance, thanks to sufficient modulation depth. Using the 2 wt.% SWNT-PI film, a stable pulse train with a pulse width of 840 fs and a repetition rate of 15.3 MHz was achieved. The average output power was 0.33 mW at the pump power of 155 mW under an output coupling ratio of 10%. Operational performance of the laser cavity when employing the 2 wt.% SWNT-PI film was also demonstrated.

  10. Anapole nanolasers for mode-locking and ultrafast pulse generation

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    Gongora, Juan S. Totero

    2017-05-31

    Nanophotonics is a rapidly developing field of research with many suggestions for a design of nanoantennas, sensors and miniature metadevices. Despite many proposals for passive nanophotonic devices, the efficient coupling of light to nanoscale optical structures remains a major challenge. In this article, we propose a nanoscale laser based on a tightly confined anapole mode. By harnessing the non-radiating nature of the anapole state, we show how to engineer nanolasers based on InGaAs nanodisks as on-chip sources with unique optical properties. Leveraging on the near-field character of anapole modes, we demonstrate a spontaneously polarized nanolaser able to couple light into waveguide channels with four orders of magnitude intensity than classical nanolasers, as well as the generation of ultrafast (of 100 fs) pulses via spontaneous mode locking of several anapoles. Anapole nanolasers offer an attractive platform for monolithically integrated, silicon photonics sources for advanced and efficient nanoscale circuitry.

  11. Using graphene nano-particle embedded in photonic crystal fiber for evanescent wave mode-locking of fiber laser.

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    Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Yang, Chun-Yu; Liou, Jia-Hong; Yu, Chin-Ping; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2013-07-15

    A photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with high-quality graphene nano-particles uniformly dispersed in the hole cladding are demonstrated to passively mode-lock the erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) by evanescent-wave interaction. The few-layer graphene nano-particles are obtained by a stabilized electrochemical exfoliation at a threshold bias. These slowly and softly exfoliated graphene nano-particle exhibits an intense 2D band and an almost disappeared D band in the Raman scattering spectrum. The saturable phenomena of the extinction coefficient β in the cladding provides a loss modulation for the intracavity photon intensity by the evanescent-wave interaction. The evanescent-wave mode-locking scheme effectively enlarges the interaction length of saturable absorption with graphene nano-particle to provide an increasing transmittance ΔT of 5% and modulation depth of 13%. By comparing the core-wave and evanescent-wave mode-locking under the same linear transmittance, the transmittance of the graphene nano-particles on the end-face of SMF only enlarges from 0.54 to 0.578 with ΔT = 3.8% and the modulation depth of 10.8%. The evanescent wave interaction is found to be better than the traditional approach which confines the graphene nano-particles at the interface of two SMF patchcords. When enlarging the intra-cavity gain by simultaneously increasing the pumping current of 980-nm and 1480-nm pumping laser diodes (LDs) to 900 mA, the passively mode-locked EDFL shortens its pulsewidth to 650 fs and broadens its spectral linewidth to 3.92 nm. An extremely low carrier amplitude jitter (CAJ) of 1.2-1.6% is observed to confirm the stable EDFL pulse-train with the cladding graphene nano-particle based evanescent-wave mode-locking.

  12. Intelligent Systems for Stabilizing Mode-Locked Lasers and Frequency Combs: Machine Learning and Equation-Free Control Paradigms for Self-Tuning Optics

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    Kutz J. Nathan

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate that a software architecture using innovations in machine learning and adaptive control provides an ideal integration platform for self-tuning optics. For mode-locked lasers, commercially available optical telecom components can be integrated with servocontrollers to enact a training and execution software module capable of self-tuning the laser cavity even in the presence of mechanical and/or environmental perturbations, thus potentially stabilizing a frequency comb. The algorithm training stage uses an exhaustive search of parameter space to discover best regions of performance for one or more objective functions of interest. The execution stage first uses a sparse sensing procedure to recognize the parameter space before quickly moving to the near optimal solution and maintaining it using the extremum seeking control protocol. The method is robust and equationfree, thus requiring no detailed or quantitatively accurate model of the physics. It can also be executed on a broad range of problems provided only that suitable objective functions can be found and experimentally measured.

  13. Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) film as a new saturable absorber for generating mode-locked Thulium-Holmium doped all-fiber laser

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    Mohd Rusdi, Muhammad Farid; Latiff, Anas Abdul; Paul, Mukul Chandra; Das, Shyamal; Dhar, Anirban; Ahmad, Harith; Harun, Sulaiman Wadi

    2017-03-01

    We report the generation of mode-locked thulium-holmium doped fiber laser (THDFL) at 1979 nm. This is a first demonstration of mode-locked by using Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) film as a saturable absorber (SA). A piece of 1 mm×1 mm TiO2 film was sandwiched in between two fiber ferrule in the cavity. Fabrication process of TiO2 film incorporated a TiO2 and a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). The stable 9 MHz repetition rate of mode-locked mode operation with 58 dB SNR was generated under pump power of 902-1062 mW. At maximum pump power, the mode-locked THDFL has output power and pulse energy of 15 mW and 1.66 nJ, respectively. Our results demonstrate the TiO2 can be used promisingly in ultrafast photonics applications.

  14. Comparative studies of semiconductor saturable absorber mirror mode-locking dynamics in pulsed diode-end-pumped picosecond Nd:GdVO4 and Nd:YAG lasers

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    Bingyuan Zhang; Gang Li; Meng Chen; Guoju Wang; Yonggang Wang

    2006-01-01

    Ultrashort pulses were generated in passively mode-locked Nd:YAG and Nd:GdVO4 lasers pumped by a pulsed laser diode with 10-Hz repetition rate. Stable mode-locked pulse trains were produced with the pulse width of 10 ps. The evolution of the mode-locked pulse was observed in the experiment and was discussed in detail. Comparing the pulse evolutions of Nd:YAG and Nd:GdVO4 lasers, we found that the buildup time of the steady-state mode-locking with semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) was relevant to the upper-state lifetime and the emission cross-section of the gain medium.

  15. Characterization of timing jitter spectra in free-running mode-locked lasers with 340 dB dynamic range over 10 decades of Fourier frequency

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    Jung, Kwangyun

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a method that enables accurate timing jitter spectral density characterization of free-running mode-locked laser oscillators over more than 10-decade of Fourier frequency from mHz to tens MHz range. The method is based on analyzing both the input voltage noise to the slave laser and the output voltage noise from the balanced optical cross- correlator (BOC), when two mode-locked lasers are synchronized in repetition rate by the BOC. As a demonstration experiment, timing jitter spectrum of a free-running mode-locked Er-fiber laser with a dynamic range of >340 dB is measured over Fourier frequency ranging from 1 mHz to 38.5 MHz (Nyquist frequency). The demonstrated method can resolve different noise mechanisms that cause specific jitter characteristics in free-running mode-locked laser oscillators for a vast range of time scales from 1000-s.

  16. Comparison of the noise performance of 10 GHz repetition rate quantum-dot and quantum well monolithic mode-locked semiconductor lasers

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    Carpintero, G.; Thompson, M. G.; Yvind, Kresten

    2011-01-01

    Mode-locked lasers are commonly used in carrier-wave signal generation systems because of their excellent phase noise performance. Owing to the importance of this key parameter, this study presents a like-for-like comparison of the noise performance of the passive mode-locked regime of two devices...... and the shape of the noise pedestals, both depending on the passive mode-locked bias conditions. Nevertheless, the dominant contribution of the RF linewidth to the phase noise, which is significantly narrower for the QD laser, makes this material more suitable for optical generation of low-noise millimetre...... fabricated with different material gain systems, one quantum well and the other quantum dot (QD), both with a monolithic all-active two-section mode-locked structure. Two important factors are identified as having a significant effect on the noise performance, the RF linewidth of the first harmonic...

  17. Bright-dark rogue wave in mode-locked fibre laser (Conference Presentation)

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    Kbashi, Hani; Kolpakov, Stanislav; Martinez, Amós; Mou, Chengbo; Sergeyev, Sergey V.

    2017-05-01

    Bright-Dark Rogue Wave in Mode-Locked Fibre Laser Hani Kbashi1*, Amos Martinez1, S. A. Kolpakov1, Chengbo Mou, Alex Rozhin1, Sergey V. Sergeyev1 1Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, School of Engineering and Applied Science Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK kbashihj@aston.ac.uk , 0044 755 3534 388 Keywords: Optical rogue wave, Bright-Dark rogue wave, rogue wave, mode-locked fiber laser, polarization instability. Abstract: Rogue waves (RWs) are statistically rare localized waves with high amplitude that suddenly appear and disappear in oceans, water tanks, and optical systems [1]. The investigation of these events in optics, optical rogue waves, is of interest for both fundamental research and applied science. Recently, we have shown that the adjustment of the in-cavity birefringence and pump polarization leads to emerge optical RW events [2-4]. Here, we report the first experimental observation of vector bright-dark RWs in an erbium-doped stretched pulse mode-locked fiber laser. The change of induced in-cavity birefringence provides an opportunity to observe RW events at pump power is a little higher than the lasing threshold. Polarization instabilities in the laser cavity result in the coupling between two orthogonal linearly polarized components leading to the emergence of bright-dark RWs. The observed clusters belongs to the class of slow optical RWs because their lifetime is of order of a thousand of laser cavity roundtrip periods. References: 1. D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, P. Koonath,and B. Jalali, Optical rogue waves," Nature, 450, 1054-1057, 2007. 2. S. V. Sergeyev, S. A. Kolpakov, C. Mou, G. Jacobsen, S. Popov, and V. Kalashnikov, "Slow deterministic vector rogue waves," Proc. SPIE 9732, 97320K (2016). 3. S. A. Kolpakov, H. Kbashi, and S. V. Sergeyev, "Dynamics of vector rogue waves in a fiber laser with a ring cavity," Optica, 3, 8, 870, (2016). 5. S. Kolpakov, H. Kbashi, and S. Sergeyev, "Slow optical rogue waves in a unidirectional fiber laser

  18. Modeling and analysis of polarization effects in Fourier domain mode-locked lasers.

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    Jirauschek, Christian; Huber, Robert

    2015-05-15

    We develop a theoretical model for Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) lasers in a non-polarization-maintaining configuration, which is the most widely used type of FDML source. This theoretical approach is applied to analyze a widely wavelength-swept FDML setup, as used for picosecond pulse generation by temporal compression of the sweeps. We demonstrate that good agreement between simulation and experiment can only be obtained by including polarization effects due to fiber bending birefringence, polarization mode dispersion, and cross-phase modulation into the theoretical model. Notably, the polarization dynamics are shown to have a beneficial effect on the instantaneous linewidth, resulting in improved coherence and thus compressibility of the wavelength-swept FDML output.

  19. Gigahertz dual-comb modelocked diode-pumped semiconductor and solid-state lasers

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    Link, S. M.; Mangold, M.; Golling, M.; Klenner, A.; Keller, U.

    2016-03-01

    We present a simple approach to generate simultaneously two gigahertz mode-locked pulse trains from a single gain element. A bi-refringent crystal in the laser cavity splits the one cavity beam into two cross-polarized and spatially separated beams. This polarization-duplexing is successfully demonstrated for both a semiconductor disk laser (i.e. MIXSEL) and a diode-pumped solid-state Nd:YAG laser. The beat between the two beams results in a microwave frequency comb, which represents a direct link between the terahertz optical frequencies and the electronically accessible microwave regime. This dual-output technique enables compact and cost-efficient dual-comb lasers for spectroscopy applications.

  20. Hybrid mode-locked fiber ring laser using graphene and charcoal nanoparticles as saturable absorbers

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    Hu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xiang; Li, Wenbo; Dutta, Niloy K.

    2016-05-01

    A fiber ring laser which implements hybrid mode locking technique has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated to generate pulse train at 20 GHz repetition rate with ultrashort pulse width. Graphene and charcoal nano-particles acting as passive mode lockers are inserted into a rational harmonic mode-locked fiber laser to improve the performance. With graphene saturable absorbers, the pulse duration is shortened from 5.3 ps to 2.8 ps, and with charcoal nano-particles, it is shortened to 3.2 ps. The RF spectra show that supermode noise can be removed in the presence of the saturable absorbers. Numerical simulation of the pulse transmission has also been carried out, which shows good agreement with the experimental results.

  1. Microwave emission by nonlinear crystals irradiated with a high-intensity, mode-locked laser

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    Borghesani, A F; Guarise, M

    2016-01-01

    We report on the experimental investigation of the efficiency of some nonlinear crystals to generate microwave (RF) radiation as a result of optical rectification (OR) when irradiated with intense pulse trains delivered by a mode-locked laser at $1064\\,$nm. We have investigated lithium triborate (LBO), lithium niobate (LiNbO$_3$), zinc selenide (ZnSe), and also potassium titanyl orthophosphate (KTP) for comparison with previous measurements. The results are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions based on the form of the second-order nonlinear susceptibility tensor. For some crystals we investigated also the second harmonic generation (SHG) to cross check the theoretical model. We confirm the theoretical prediction that OR leads to the production of higher order RF harmonics that are overtones of the laser repetition rate.

  2. Dynamics of soliton explosions in passively mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Runge, Antoine F J; Erkintalo, Miro

    2015-01-01

    A soliton explosion is an instability whereby a dissipative soliton undergoes a sudden structural collapse, but remarkably returns back to its original shape after a short transient. We recently reported the first experimental observation of this effect in a fiber laser (A. F. J. Runge et al., Optica 2, 36 (2015)). Here, we expand on our initial work, presenting a more detailed experimental and numerical study of the characteristics and dynamics of soliton explosions in passively mode-locked fiber lasers. Specifically, we explore different cavity configurations and gain levels, observing and characterizing explosion events using spectral and temporal real-time single-shot techniques. Our results highlight that the explosion characteristics observed in experiments depend critically on the position in the cavity where the output coupler is located. Furthermore, we find that the frequency at which explosions occur can be controlled by adjusting the pump power. We also identify a new kind of ``partial'' explosion...

  3. Q-switched and Mode-locked Characteristics of Cr4+:YAG Crystal

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    TIAN Wen-miao; YANG Feng; GAO Li-yan; WANG Guang-gang; LIU Shi-hua; LIU Jie

    2006-01-01

    The passively Q-switched and mode-locked(QML) characteristics in a diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser with Cr4+:YAG saturable absorbers have been demonstrated. A maximum average output power of 710 mW has been obtained in the QML laser. The maximum energy of a single Q-switched pulse is 52.5 μJ,with the corresponding pulse width of 30 ns and the peak power of 1.75 kW,at the incident pump power of 7.75 W. The repetition rates of the Q-switched envelope and the mode-locked laser pulse are 16.7 kHz and 680 MHz,respectively.

  4. Wavelength Spacing Tunable, Multiwavelength Q-switched Fiber Laser Mode-locked by Graphene Oxide

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    Gao, Lei

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a wavelength spacing tunable, multiwavelength Q-switched mode-locked fiber laser (QML) based on a fiber taper deposited with graphene oxide. The operation of the laser can be understood in terms of the formation of bunches of QMLs which possess small temporal intervals, and multiwavelength spectra are generated due to the Fourier transformation. We find that the temporal spacing of the QMLs is highly sensitive to the pump power, and as a result, the wavelength spacing can be easily tuned by varying the pump power. Our experimental laser provides a wavelength spacing tuning range from ~0.001 nm to 0.145 nm with a pump power variation less than 10 mW. The laser could be developed into a low lost wavelength spacing tunable optical source for a wide range of applications, such as spectroscopy, microwave/terahertz signal generation, optical metrology, optical communications and sensing.

  5. A novel numerical model for passively mode-locked solid-state lasers

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    Leitner, A.; Aussenegg, F.; Lippitsch, M.; Roschger, E.

    1983-04-01

    Numerical computer models could be of high value in testing ideas for improving passive mode locking. Most of the known models for solid-state lasers lack realistic quantitative results, however. A new model is presented, using a rate-equation approach which has been refined to include interference effects by using field amplitudes and phases instead of energies. Also, the saturable absorber is treated by rate equations. With this model, a rather complete description of the pulse evolution is possible. The influence of various parameters on the mode-locking quality is calculated. The model is also capable of reliably describing processes based mainly on interference effects, like the action of external subresonators.

  6. Femtosecond pulse generation from a Topological Insulator mode-locked fiber laser

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    Liu, Hao; Liu, Meng; Zhao, Nian; Luo, Ai-Ping; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Xu, Wen-Cheng; Zhang, Han; Zhao, Chu-Jun; Wen, Shuang-Chun

    2014-01-01

    We reported on the generation of femtosecond pulse in an anomalous-dispersion fiber ring laser by using a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-based Topological Insulator (TI), Bi2Se3 saturable absorber (SA). The PVA-TI composite has a low saturable optical intensity of 12 MW/cm2 and a modulation depth of ~3.9%. By incorporating the fabricated PVA-TISA into a fiber laser, mode-locking operation could be achieved at a low pump threshold of 25 mW. After an optimization of the cavity parameters, optical pulse with ~660 fs centered at 1557.5 nm wavelength had been generated. The experimental results demonstrate that the PVA could be an excellent host material for fabricating high-performance TISA, and also indicate that the filmy PVA-TISA is indeed a good candidate for ultrafast saturable absorption device.

  7. Multi-pass oscillator layout for high-energy mode-locked thin-disk lasers

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    Schuhmann, K; Antognini, A

    2016-01-01

    A novel optical layout for a multi-pass resonator is presented paving the way for pulse energy scaling of mode-locked thin-disk lasers. The multi-pass resonator we are proposing consists of a concatenation of nearly identical optical segments. Each segment corresponds to a round-trip in an optically stable cavity containing an active medium exhibiting soft aperture effects. This scheme is apt for energy and power scaling because the stability region of this multi-pass resonator contrarily to the 4f-based schemes does not shrink with the number of passes. We conclude proposing a simple way to double the stability region of the state-of-the-art layouts used in the industry achievable by a minimal rearrangement of the used optical components.

  8. Intra-cavity frequency-doubled mode-locked semiconductor disk laser at 325 nm.

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    Bek, Roman; Baumgärtner, Stefan; Sauter, Fabian; Kahle, Hermann; Schwarzbäck, Thomas; Jetter, Michael; Michler, Peter

    2015-07-27

    We present a passively mode-locked semiconductor disk laser (SDL) emitting at 650nm with intra-cavity second harmonic generation to the ultraviolet (UV) spectral range. Both the gain and the absorber structure contain InP quantum dots (QDs) as active material. In a v-shaped cavity using the semiconductor samples as end mirrors, a beta barium borate (BBO) crystal is placed in front of the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) for pulsed UV laser emission in one of the two outcoupled beams. Autocorrelation (AC) measurements at the fundamental wavelength reveal a FWHM pulse duration of 1.22ps. With a repetition frequency of 836MHz, the average output power is 10mW per beam for the red emission and 0.5mW at 325nm.

  9. Passively harmonic mode-locked fiber laser based on ReS2 saturable absorber

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    Lu, Feifei

    2017-06-01

    We demonstrate the generation of harmonic mode-locking (HML) in an erbium-doped fiber laser with a microfiber-based rhenium disulfide (ReS2) saturable absorber (SA). Taking advantages of both saturable absorption and large third-order nonlinear effect of ReS2, HML pulse with 318.5 MHz repetition rate can be obtained, corresponding to 168th harmonic of fundamental repetition frequency of 1.896 MHz. When the pump power is increased gradually, the pulse interval remains constant, while the output power increases linearly. At the pump power of 450 mW, the output power is ˜12 mW. The proposed high-repetition-rate pulse lasers would attract considerable attention due to its potential applications in soliton communications and frequency combs.

  10. Graphene oxide mode-locked femtosecond erbium-doped fiber lasers.

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    Xu, Jia; Liu, Jiang; Wu, Sida; Yang, Quan-Hong; Wang, Pu

    2012-07-02

    We demonstrated the femtosecond erbium-doped all-fiber lasers mode-locked with graphene oxide, which can be conveniently obtained from natural graphite by simple oxidation and ultra-sonication process. With proper dispersion management in an all-fiber ring cavity, the laser directly generated 200 fs pulses at a repetition rate of 22.9 MHz and the average output power was 5.8 mW. With the variation of net cavity dispersion, output pulses with pulse width of 0.2~3 ps were obtained at a repetition rate of 22.9~0.93 MHz. These results are comparable with those of graphene saturable absorbers and the superiority of easy fabrication and hydrophilic property of graphene oxide will facilitate its potential applications for ultrafast photonics.

  11. Electrical Addressing and Temporal Tweezing of Localized Pulses in Passively Mode-Locked Semiconductor Lasers

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    Camelin, P; Marconi, M; Giudici, M

    2016-01-01

    We show that the pumping current is a convenient parameter for manipulating the temporal Localized Structures (LSs), also called localized pulses, found in passively mode-locked Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers. While short electrical pulses can be used for writing and erasing individual LSs, we demonstrate that a current modulation introduces a temporally evolving parameter landscape allowing to control the position and the dynamics of LSs. We show that the localized pulses drifting speed in this landscape depends almost exclusively on the local parameter value instead of depending on the landscape gradient, as shown in quasi-instantaneous media. This experimental observation is theoretically explained by the causal response time of the semiconductor carriers that occurs on an finite timescale and breaks the parity invariance along the cavity, thus leading to a new paradigm for temporal tweezing of localized pulses. Different modulation waveforms are applied for describing exhaustively this paradigm. ...

  12. Supercontinuum Generation in DSF Pumped by Actively Mode-Locked Fiber Laser

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    JIA Dongfang; WANG Zhaoying; LI Shichen

    2005-01-01

    The supercontinuum (SC) generation at the repetition rate of 10 GHz is presented. The SC is generated in a 4.2 km conventional dispersion-shifted fiber ( DSF), which is produced with nonlinear effects and group velocity dispersion. The DSF is pumped by an actively mode-locked Er3+ -doped fiber laser with pulse width of 7.97 ps. A novel SC pulse source with a bandwidth up to 125 nm is obtained, which covers the whole C, L bands and part of S band. The stable, narrow pulses with mean pulse-width of 9.7 ps and time-bandwidth product of 0.48 are filtered out across the whole SC bandwidth. This supercontinuum pulse source is suitable for future high-speed optical communications.

  13. Switchable dual-wavelength all-fiber laser mode-locked by carbon nanotubes

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    Kong, Y. C.; Yang, H. R.; Li, W. L.; Chen, G. W.

    2015-01-01

    We have proposed a compact dual-wavelength all-fiber pulse laser based on a single-walled carbon nanotube and chirped fiber Bragg gratings (CFBGs). A transmission filter is composed of a circulator and two CFBGs and is capable of controlling the operation of the proposed fiber laser. Mode-locking operations can be switched between 1551.2 and 1548.6 nm with the appropriate adjustment of polarization controller. Our laser delivers the pulses with the spectral bandwidth of about 0.6 nm and the pulse duration of about 7 ps. This work provides a low-cost, stable, and dual-wavelength ultrafast-pulsed laser source suitable for practical applications.

  14. Broadband Fourier domain mode-locked laser for optical coherence tomography at 1060 nm

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    Marschall, Sebastian; Klein, Thomas; Wieser, Wolfgang

    2012-01-01

    , enable acquisition of densely sampled three-dimensional datasets covering a wide field of view. However, semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs)-the typical laser gain media for swept sources-for the 1060nm band could until recently only provide relatively low output power and bandwidth. We have......Optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the 1060nm range is interesting for in vivo imaging of the human posterior eye segment (retina, choroid, sclera) due to low absorption in water and deep penetration into the tissue. Rapidly tunable light sources, such as Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) lasers...... implemented an FDML laser using a new SOA featuring broad gain bandwidth and high output power. The output spectrum coincides with the wavelength range of minimal water absorption, making the light source ideal for OCT imaging of the posterior eye segment. With a moderate SOA current (270 mA) we achieve up...

  15. Design considerations for multi-core optical fibers in nonlinear switching and mode-locking applications

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    Nazemosadat, Elham

    2014-01-01

    We explore the practical challenges which should be addressed when designing a multi-core fiber coupler for nonlinear switching or mode-locking applications. The inevitable geometric imperfections formed in these fiber couplers during the fabrication process affect the performance characteristics of the nonlinear switching device. Fabrication uncertainties are tolerable as long as the changes they impose on the propagation constant of the modes are smaller than the linear coupling between the cores. It is possible to reduce the effect of the propagation constant variations by bringing the cores closer to each other, hence, increasing the coupling. However, higher coupling translates into a higher switching power which may not be desirable in some practical situations. Therefore, fabrication errors limit the minimum achievable switching power in nonlinear couplers.

  16. Piezoelectric-transducer-based optoelectronic frequency synchronizer for control of pulse delay in a femtosecond passively mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Un, Gong-Ru; Chang, Yung-Cheng; Liu, Tze-An; Pan, Ci-Ling

    2003-05-20

    We propose a piezoelectric transducer-(PZT-) based optoelectronic frequency synchronizer to control simultaneously change in the repetition rate, the relative pulse delay, and the phase noise of a passively mode-locked femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser with an intracavity saturable Bragg reflector absorber with respect to an electronic frequency reference. An optoelectronic phase-locked-loop-based PZT feedback controller with a proportional, integral, and differential (PID) circuit and a tunable voltage regulator is designed to achieve frequency synchronization, phase-noise suppression, and delay-time tuning. When the controlling voltage is tuned from -2.6 to 2.6 V, the maximum pulse-delay range, tuning slope, and tuning resolution of the laser pulse-train are 11.3 ns, 2.3 ps/mV, and 1.2 ps, respectively. Setting the gain constant of the PID circuit at 10 or larger causes the delay-time tuning function to be linearly proportional to the controlling voltage. In the delay-time tuning mode the uncorrelated single-side-band phase-noise density of the frequency-synchronized laser is approximately -120 dBc/Hz at an offset frequency of 5 kHz, which is only 7 dBc/Hz higher than that of the electrical frequency reference. The proposed system also supports linear,continuous switching,and programmable control of the delay time of Ti:sapphire laser pulses when they are frequency synchronized to external reference clocks.

  17. Femtosecond mode-locking of an ytterbium-doped fiber laser using self-assembled gold nanorods

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    Lee, J.; Koo, J.; Lee, J. H.

    2017-09-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the use of a saturable absorber (SA) based on self-assembled gold nanorods (GNRs) for femtosecond mode-locking of an ytterbium-doped fiber-based 1 µm laser. A novel type of SA was made by implementation of an end-to-end GNRs self-assembly technique through hot-air induced rapid drying of the GNRs in a deionized water suspension, which enabled us to enhance optical absorption in the 1.06 µm wavelength region. By incorporating this novel SA into an ytterbium-doped fiber-based ring cavity under dispersion-managed conditions, we were able to readily generate mode-locked, soliton pulses having a temporal width of 840 fs at 1063.9 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of the effectiveness of a GNRs-based SA for the generation of femtosecond soliton pulses operating in the 1 µm range.

  18. Rational harmonic mode-locked laser using a bismuth-oxide-based highly nonlinear erbium-doped fiber

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    Fukuchi, Yutaka; Hirata, Kouji; Muraguchi, Masahiro; Maeda, Joji

    2017-01-01

    We report a rational harmonic mode-locked fiber laser employing a bismuth-oxide-based highly nonlinear erbium-doped fiber (Bi-HNL-EDF) with a length of 1.5 m. The Bi-HNL-EDF is used as a broadband gain medium and as a noise suppressor based on self-phase modulation. The amplitude of the rational harmonic mode-locked pulses can be regulated by properly tuning the modulation parameters of the intracavity modulator. The cavity length as short as 6 m enables generation of stable and clean short pulses with a repetition frequency up to 40 GHz over the wavelength range covering both the conventional and the longer bands.

  19. Structure of picosecond pulses of a Q-switched and mode-locked diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Donin, V I; Yakovin, D V; Gribanov, A V [Institute of Automation and Electrometry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-31

    The pulse duration of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser, in which Q-switching with mode-locking (QML regime) is achieved using a spherical mirror and a travelling-wave acousto-optic modulator, is directly measured with a streak camera. It is found that the picosecond pulses can have a non-single-pulse structure, which is explained by excitation of several competing transverse modes in the Q-switching regime with a pulse repetition rate of 1 kHz. In the case of cw mode-locking (without Q-switching), a new (auto-QML) regime is observed, in which the pulse train repetition rate is determined by the frequency of the relaxation oscillations of the laser field while the train contains single picosecond pulses. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  20. Black phosphorus mode-locked Er-doped ZBLAN fiber laser at 2.8 um wavelength

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    Qin, Zhipeng; Zhao, Chujun; Wen, Shuangchun; Yuan, Peng; Qian, Liejia

    2015-01-01

    Mid-infrared saturable absorber mirror is successfully fabricated by transferring the mechanically exfoliated black phosphorus onto the gold-coated mirror. With the as-prepared black phosphorus saturable absorber mirror, a continuous-wave passively mode-locked Er:ZBLAN fiber laser is demonstrated at the wavelength of 2.8 um, which delivers a maximum average output power of 613 mW, a repetition rate of 24 MHz and a pulse duration of 42 ps. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time to demonstrate black phosphorus mode-locked laser at 2.8 um wavelength. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of black phosphorus flake as a new two-dimensional material for application in mid-infrared ultrafast photonics.

  1. Passively mode-locking erbium-doped fiber lasers with 0.3 nm single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Xu, Xintong; Zhai, Jianpang; Li, Ling; Chen, Yanping; Yu, Yongqin; Zhang, Min; Ruan, Shuangchen; Tang, Zikang

    2014-10-24

    We demonstrate a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) by using the smallest single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with a diameter of 0.3 nm as the saturable absorber. These ultrasmall SWNTs are fabricated in the elliptical nanochannels of a ZnAPO₄-11 (AEL) single crystal. By placing an AEL crystal into an EDFL cavity pumped by a 980 nm laser diode, stable passive mode-locking is achieved for a threshold pump power of 280 mW, and 73 ps pulses at 1563.2 nm with a repetition rate of 26.79 MHz.

  2. Mode-locked Erbium-doped fiber laser generation using hybrid ZnO/GO saturable absorber

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    Hassan, H.; Ariannejad, M. M.; Safaei, R.; Amiri, I. S.; Ahmad, H.

    2017-06-01

    Mode-locked generation of erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) with hybrid zinc oxide/graphene oxide (ZnO/GO) thin film as saturable absorber (SA) is proposed and practically demonstrated. The SA shows the modulation depth of 18.69% and it has been sandwiched between the fiber ferrules. Mode-locked pulse occurred at pump power of 14.8 mW and by varying the pump power to maximum threshold 27.43 mW, the repetition rate of the pulse fixed at 19.98 MHz at 1563 nm of central wavelength. The pulse width is estimated as 0.90 ps, whereas the pulse energy is calculated as 27.0 nJ.

  3. Sub-100 fs mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser using a 45°-tilted fiber grating.

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    Zhang, Zuxing; Mou, Chengbo; Yan, Zhijun; Zhou, Kaiming; Zhang, Lin; Turitsyn, Sergei

    2013-11-18

    We demonstrate generation of sub-100 fs pulses at 1.5 µm in a mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser using a 45°-tilted fiber grating element. The laser features a genuine all-fiber configuration. Based on the unique polarization properties of the 45°-tilted fiber grating, we managed to produce sub-100 fs laser pulses through proper dispersion management. To the best of our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse generated from mode-locked lasers with fiber gratings. The output pulse has an average power of 8 mW, with a repetition rate of 47.8 MHz and pulse energy of 1.68 nJ. The performance of laser also matches well the theoretical simulations.

  4. Passively mode-locked stretched-pulse erbium-doped fiber ring laser with a regenerative feedback

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    Roy, Vincent; Lamonde, Martin; Babin, Francois; Piche, Michel

    2003-02-01

    A polarization additive pulse mode-locked stretched-pulse erbium-doped fiber ring laser with a regenerative feedback producing near transform-limited femtosecond pulses is reported. The regenerative feedback makes use of an intensity modulator driven at twice the fundamental repetition rate of the passively mode-locked fiber laser. The laser is self-starting for a limited range of pump power. The de-chirped pulses have a duration of 90 fs (FWHM) and a pulse time-bandwidth product of 0.44. The pulse energy amounts to 0.3 nJ. Pulses with nearly twice that energy could be obtained, though without self-starting capability. The laser RF power spectrum measurement yields an amplitude noise as low as 0.15% (rms) and a pulse timing jitter of 150 fs (rms). In addition, RF spectra show no relaxation oscillation in the self-starting regime.

  5. Simple synchronization technique of a mode-locked laser for Laser-Compton scattering γ-ray source

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    Mori, Michiaki; Kosuge, Atsushi; Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Hajima, Ryoichi; Kondo, Kiminori

    2016-06-01

    We propose a simple and effective synchronization technique between a reference electrical oscillator and a mode-locked laser for a narrowband picosecond Laser-Compton scattering γ-ray source by using a commercial-based 1-chip frequency synthesizer, which is widely used in radio communication. The mode-locked laser has been successfully synchronized in time with a jitter of 180 fs RMS for 10 Hz-100 kHz bandwidth. A good stability of 640 μHz at 80 MHz repetition rate for 10 h operation has also been confirmed. We discuss in detail the design and performance of this technique (in terms of timing jitter, stability, and validity).

  6. Mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in tapered ZBLAN fiber with a standard Erbium mode-locked fiber laser

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    Kubat, Irnis; Moselund, Peter M.; Bang, Ole

    2013-01-01

    . commercially available), core diameter Dc=7 μm, and ZDW=1.5 μm, is pumped with TFWHM=10 ps and P0=10 kW pulses from an Er mode-locked laser with a 40 MHz repetition rate and 4W average power. The resulting MIR SC seen in Fig. 1(b) is based on Modulation Instability breakup of the pump pulse, which generates...

  7. Self-starting mode-locked picosecond Ti:sapphire laser by using of a fast SESAM

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    Zhu Jiang-Feng; Tian Jin-Rong; Wang Peng; Ling Wei-Jun; Li De-Hua; Wei Zhi-Yi

    2006-01-01

    A stable continuous wave mode-locked picosecond Ti:sapphire laser by using a fast semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) is demonstrated. The laser delivers pulse width of 20 ps at a central wavelength of 813 nm and a repetition rate of 100 MHz. The maximum output power is 1.34 W with pump power of 7 W which corresponds to an optical-optical conversion efficiency of 19.1%.

  8. Monolithically integrated optoelectronic down-converter (MIOD)

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    Portnoi, Efrim L.; Venus, G. B.; Khazan, A. A.; Gorfinkel, Vera B.; Kompa, Guenter; Avrutin, Evgenii A.; Thayne, Iain G.; Barrow, David A.; Marsh, John H.

    1995-06-01

    Optoelectronic down-conversion of very high-frequency amplitude-modulated signals using a semiconductor laser simultaneously as a local oscillator and a mixer is proposed. Three possible constructions of a monolithically integrated down-converter are considered theoretically: a four-terminal semiconductor laser with dual pumping current/modal gain control, and both a passively mode-locked and a passively Q-switched semiconductor laser monolithically integrated with an electroabsorption or pumping current modulator. Experimental verification of the feasibility of the concept of down conversion in a laser diode is presented.

  9. Pulse width shaping of passively mode-locked soliton fiber laser via polarization control in carbon nanotube saturable absorber.

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    Jeong, Hwanseong; Choi, Sun Young; Rotermund, Fabian; Yeom, Dong-Il

    2013-11-04

    We report the continuous control of the pulse width of a passively mode-locked fiber laser via polarization state adjustment in a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA). The SWCNT, coated on the side-polished fiber, was fabricated with optimized conditions and used for stable mode-locking of the fiber laser without Q-switching instabilities for any polarization state of the laser intra-cavity. The 3-dB spectral bandwidth of the mode-locked pulses can be continuously tuned from 1.8 nm to 8.5 nm with the polarization control for a given laser cavity length and applied pump power. A pulse duration varying from 470 fs to 1.6 ps was also observed with a change in the spectral bandwidth. The linear and the nonlinear transmission properties of the SA were analyzed, and found to exhibit different modulation depths depending on the input polarization state in the SA. The largest modulation depth of the SA was observed at the polarization state of the transverse electric mode that delivers shortest pulses at the laser output.

  10. Self-amplitude and self-phase modulation of the charcoal mode-locked erbium-doped fiber lasers.

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    Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Lo, Jui-Yung; Tseng, Wei-Hsuan; Wu, Chih-I; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2013-10-21

    With the intra-cavity nano-scale charcoal powder based saturable absorber, the 455-fs passive mode-locking of an L-band erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) is demonstrated. The size reduction of charcoal nano-particle is implemented with a simple imprinting-exfoliation-wiping method, which assists to increase the transmittance up to 0.91 with corresponding modulation depth of 26%. By detuning the power gain from 17 to 21 dB and cavity dispersion from -0.004 to -0.156 ps² of the EDFL, the shortening of mode-locked pulsewidth from picosecond to sub-picosecond by the transformation of the pulse forming mechanism from self-amplitude modulation (SAM) to the combining effect of self-phase modulation (SPM) and group delay dispersion (GDD) is observed. A narrower spectrum with 3-dB linewidth of 1.83-nm is in the SAM case, whereas the spectral linewidth broadens to 5.86 nm with significant Kelly sideband pair can be observed if the EDFL enters into the SPM regime. The mode-locking mechanism transferred from SAM to SPM/GDD dominates the pulse shortening procedure in the EDFL, whereas the intrinsic defects in charcoal nano-particle only affect the pulse formation at initial stage. The minor role of the saturable absorber played in the EDFL cavity with strongest SPM is observed.

  11. Multilayer graphene for Q-switched mode-locking operation in an erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Wang, Zhiteng; Zhu, Shou-En; Chen, Yu; Wu, Man; Zhao, Chujun; Zhang, Han; Janssen, G. C. A. M.; Wen, Shuangchun

    2013-07-01

    We report the laser operation of Q-switched mode-locking (QML) in an erbium-doped fiber laser by using a multilayer graphene saturable absorber (SA), which consists of 22-layer of graphene fabricated by the chemical vapor deposition method. Based on our balanced twin detector measurement, the graphene sample is confirmed to show a saturable intensity of 3.375 MW/cm2 and an absolute modulation depth of 40.27%. It is demonstrated that this graphene SA can readily produce high quality QML pulses. At the pump power of 391.9 mW, the stable mode-locked pulse train with the Q-switched envelope repetition rate of 16.98 kHz and the envelope width of 13.84 μs are achieved. The maximal main pulse peak power can reach up to 35.89 W. This verifies that the multilayer graphene can be still applied as an effective saturable absorber for passively Q-switched mode-locked operation.

  12. Mode-locked Nd:YAG laser pumped by LD%LD抽运锁模Nd:YAG激光器研究

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    黎章; 袁易君

    2011-01-01

    利用Cr4+:YAG和声光锁模器联合对光纤耦合LD抽运Nd:YAG激光器进行主被动锁模,比较和分析了Cr4+:YAG被动锁模,声光锁模器主动锁模及两者联合主被动锁模三种情况下平均输出功率的特性,结果表明主被动联合锁模克服了主动锁模稳定性差、被动锁模输出功率低、锁模不完全的缺点,得到幅值和能量抖动小于±6%、锁模深度100%、脉宽小于410 ps、输出平均功率290 mW的绿光锁模脉冲.%Using Cr4+:YAG and acousto-optic mode-locker jointly, the fiber coupling LD pumping Nd: YAG laser was actively-passively mode-locked. The output average power of passively mode-locked by Cr4+:YAG only, actively mode-locked by acousto-optic mode-locker only and mode-locked by Cr4+:YAG and acoustooptic jointly are compared and analyzed. The result shows good resolution to the low output energy and stability, and the mode-lock amplitude and energy fluctuation is less than ±6%, with the depth of mode locking of 100%, pulse width less than 410 ps and output average power near 290 mW.

  13. 'Integration'

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    Olwig, Karen Fog

    2011-01-01

    After a long history dominated by out-migration, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have, in the past 50 years, become immigration societies. This article compares how these Scandinavian welfare societies have sought to incorporate immigrants and refugees into their national communities. It suggests that......, while the countries have adopted disparate policies and ideologies, differences in the actual treatment and attitudes towards immigrants and refugees in everyday life are less clear, due to parallel integration programmes based on strong similarities in the welfare systems and in cultural notions...... of equality in the three societies. Finally, it shows that family relations play a central role in immigrants’ and refugees’ establishment of a new life in the receiving societies, even though the welfare society takes on many of the social and economic functions of the family....

  14. Measuring a Fiber-Optic Delay Line Using a Mode-Locked Laser

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    Tu, Meirong; McKee, Michael R.; Pak, Kyung S.; Yu, Nan

    2010-01-01

    The figure schematically depicts a laboratory setup for determining the optical length of a fiber-optic delay line at a precision greater than that obtainable by use of optical time-domain reflectometry or of mechanical measurement of length during the delay-line-winding process. In this setup, the delay line becomes part of the resonant optical cavity that governs the frequency of oscillation of a mode-locked laser. The length can then be determined from frequency-domain measurements, as described below. The laboratory setup is basically an all-fiber ring laser in which the delay line constitutes part of the ring. Another part of the ring - the laser gain medium - is an erbium-doped fiber amplifier pumped by a diode laser at a wavelength of 980 nm. The loop also includes an optical isolator, two polarization controllers, and a polarizing beam splitter. The optical isolator enforces unidirectional lasing. The polarization beam splitter allows light in only one polarization mode to pass through the ring; light in the orthogonal polarization mode is rejected from the ring and utilized as a diagnostic output, which is fed to an optical spectrum analyzer and a photodetector. The photodetector output is fed to a radio-frequency spectrum analyzer and an oscilloscope. The fiber ring laser can generate continuous-wave radiation in non-mode-locked operation or ultrashort optical pulses in mode-locked operation. The mode-locked operation exhibited by this ring is said to be passive in the sense that no electro-optical modulator or other active optical component is used to achieve it. Passive mode locking is achieved by exploiting optical nonlinearity of passive components in such a manner as to obtain ultra-short optical pulses. In this setup, the particular nonlinear optical property exploited to achieve passive mode locking is nonlinear polarization rotation. This or any ring laser can support oscillation in multiple modes as long as sufficient gain is present to overcome

  15. Mode-Locked Multichromatic X-Rays in a Seeded Free-Electron Laser for Single-Shot X-Ray Spectroscopy

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    Xiang, Dao; Ding, Yuantao; Raubenheimer, Tor; Wu, Juhao; /SLAC

    2012-05-10

    We present the promise of generating gigawatt mode-locked multichromatic x rays in a seeded free-electron laser (FEL). We show that, by using a laser to imprint periodic modulation in electron beam phase space, a single-frequency coherent seed can be amplified and further translated to a mode-locked multichromatic output in an FEL. With this configuration the FEL output consists of a train of mode-locked ultrashort pulses which span a wide frequency gap with a series of equally spaced sharp lines. These gigawatt multichromatic x rays may potentially allow one to explore the structure and dynamics of a large number of atomic states simultaneously. The feasibility of generating mode-locked x rays ranging from carbon K edge ({approx}284 eV) to copper L{sub 3} edge ({approx}931 eV) is confirmed with numerical simulation using the realistic parameters of the linac coherent light source (LCLS) and LCLS-II. We anticipate that the mode-locked multichromatic x rays in FELs may open up new opportunities in x-ray spectroscopy (i.e. resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, time-resolved scattering and spectroscopy, etc.).

  16. Dual-wavelength passive and hybrid mode-locking of 3, 4.5 and 10 GHz InAs/InP(100) quantum dot lasers.

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    Tahvili, M S; Du, L; Heck, M J R; Nötzel, R; Smit, M K; Bente, E A J M

    2012-03-26

    We present an investigation of passive and hybrid mode-locking in Fabry-Pérot type two-section InAs/InP(100) quantum dot lasers that show dual wavelength operation. Over the whole current and voltage range for mode-locking of these lasers, the optical output spectra show two distinct lobes. The two lobes provide a coherent bandwidth and are verified to lead to two synchronized optical pulses. The generated optical pulses are elongated in time due to a chirp which shows opposite signs over the two spectral lobes. Self-induced mode-locking in the single-section laser shows that the dual-wavelength spectra correspond to emission from ground state. In the hybrid mode-locking regime, a map of locking range is presented by measuring the values of timing jitter for several values of power and frequency of the external electrical modulating signal. An overview of the systematic behavior of InAs/InP(100) quantum dot mode-locked lasers is presented as conclusion.

  17. Mode-Locked Multichromatic X-Rays in a Seeded Free-Electron Laser for Single-Shot X-Ray Spectroscopy

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    Xiang, Dao; Ding, Yuantao; Raubenheimer, Tor; Wu, Juhao; /SLAC

    2012-05-10

    We present the promise of generating gigawatt mode-locked multichromatic x rays in a seeded free-electron laser (FEL). We show that, by using a laser to imprint periodic modulation in electron beam phase space, a single-frequency coherent seed can be amplified and further translated to a mode-locked multichromatic output in an FEL. With this configuration the FEL output consists of a train of mode-locked ultrashort pulses which span a wide frequency gap with a series of equally spaced sharp lines. These gigawatt multichromatic x rays may potentially allow one to explore the structure and dynamics of a large number of atomic states simultaneously. The feasibility of generating mode-locked x rays ranging from carbon K edge ({approx}284 eV) to copper L{sub 3} edge ({approx}931 eV) is confirmed with numerical simulation using the realistic parameters of the linac coherent light source (LCLS) and LCLS-II. We anticipate that the mode-locked multichromatic x rays in FELs may open up new opportunities in x-ray spectroscopy (i.e. resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, time-resolved scattering and spectroscopy, etc.).

  18. CsPbBr3 nanocrystal saturable absorber for mode-locking ytterbium fiber laser

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    Zhou, Yan; Hu, Zhiping; Li, Yue; Xu, Jianqiu; Tang, Xiaosheng; Tang, Yulong

    2016-06-01

    Cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I) have been reported as efficient light-harvesting and light-emitting semiconductor materials, but their nonlinear optical properties have been seldom touched upon. In this paper, we prepare layered CsPbBr3 nanocrystal films and characterize their physical properties. Broadband linear absorption from ˜0.8 to over 2.2 μm and nonlinear optical absorption at the 1-μm wavelength region are measured. The CsPbBr3 saturable absorber (SA), manufactured by drop-casting of colloidal CsPbBr3 liquid solution on a gold mirror, shows modulation depth and saturation intensity of 13.1% and 10.7 MW/cm2, respectively. With this SA, mode-locking operation of a polarization-maintained ytterbium fiber laser produces single pulses with duration of ˜216 ps, maximum average output power of 10.5 mW, and the laser spectrum is centered at ˜1076 nm. This work shows that CsPbBr3 films can be efficient SA candidates for fiber lasers and also have great potential to become broadband linear and nonlinear optical materials for photonics and optoelectronics.

  19. Switchable repetition rate bound solitons passively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Wang, Xuqin; Yao, Yong

    2016-11-01

    We present a kind of a switchable repetition rate mode-locked of bound-state solitons in a fiber laser based on Bi2Se3 saturable absorber (SA). In the fiber laser, two forms of the bound-state optical spectrum with central wavelength of 1532 nm are observed. The fiber laser is operate at the abnormal group velocity dispersion and the bound state pulses are equally distributed to the temporal domain. The fundamental cavity repetition-rate is 1.11 MHz with a pulse duration of 2.27 ps. The output average power and the pulse peak energy are 1.53 mW and 607 W respectively, which the pump power is 267 mW. The different repetition-rates are also achieved by changing the pump power or adjusting the angle of polarization controller. In the experiment, the repetition-rate is switched from 1.11 MHz to 41.32 MHz (37th-order, the highest repetition-rate).

  20. CsPbBr{sub 3} nanocrystal saturable absorber for mode-locking ytterbium fiber laser

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    Zhou, Yan; Li, Yue; Xu, Jianqiu; Tang, Yulong, E-mail: yulong@sjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas (MOE), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Collaborative Innovation Center of IFSA, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Hu, Zhiping; Tang, Xiaosheng [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology and Systems of the Education Ministry of China, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2016-06-27

    Cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (CsPbX{sub 3}, X = Cl, Br, I) have been reported as efficient light-harvesting and light-emitting semiconductor materials, but their nonlinear optical properties have been seldom touched upon. In this paper, we prepare layered CsPbBr{sub 3} nanocrystal films and characterize their physical properties. Broadband linear absorption from ∼0.8 to over 2.2 μm and nonlinear optical absorption at the 1-μm wavelength region are measured. The CsPbBr{sub 3} saturable absorber (SA), manufactured by drop-casting of colloidal CsPbBr{sub 3} liquid solution on a gold mirror, shows modulation depth and saturation intensity of 13.1% and 10.7 MW/cm{sup 2}, respectively. With this SA, mode-locking operation of a polarization-maintained ytterbium fiber laser produces single pulses with duration of ∼216 ps, maximum average output power of 10.5 mW, and the laser spectrum is centered at ∼1076 nm. This work shows that CsPbBr{sub 3} films can be efficient SA candidates for fiber lasers and also have great potential to become broadband linear and nonlinear optical materials for photonics and optoelectronics.

  1. Kerr Lens Mode-locked Operation of Yb:KYW Laser

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    Falihati.Mejiti; V.L.Kalashnikov; I.G.Poloyko; Toran.Vajidi

    2002-01-01

    Using a modified ABCD-matrix approach accounting for nonlinear refraction in active medium,the ranges of cavity parameters that provide a mode-locking of Yb∶KYW-laser in usual z-fold cavity configuration are determined.Taking the cavity parameters that provide a most efficient mode locking and based on fluctuation model,a numerical simulation of laser operation is performed.In the calculations the side-band pump power of 6W at 982 nm is used in 1 cm length KYW crystal with 1 cm×0.005 cm beam cross section.Calculations show that self-starting operation is possible with these parameters and dispersion compensation allows for bandwidth-limited ultrashort pulse generation.The shortest pulse duration was determined to be about 200 fs with self-starting buid-up time of 130 μs.Such a built-up time is comparable and even shorter than that one for the lasers with semiconductor saturable absorbers.The region of negative dispersion provided by prism pair for a stable ultrashort pulse generation was determined to be (-17000~-42000)fs2.

  2. Mode-Locked CO Laser for Isotope Separation of Uranium Employing Condensation Repression

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, we have suggested a technical solution of a CO laser facility for industrial separation of uranium used in the production of fuel for nuclear power plants. There has been used a method of laser isotope separation of uranium, employing condensation repression in a free jet. The laser operation with nanosecond pulse irradiation can provide acceptable efficiency in the separating unit and the high effective coefficient of the laser with the wavelength of 5.3 μm. Receiving a uniform RF discharge under medium pressure and high Mach numbers in the gas stream solves the problem of an electron beam and cryogenic cooler of CO lasers. The laser active medium is being cooled while it is expanding in the nozzle; a low-current RF discharge is similar to a non-self-sustained discharge. In the present work, we have developed a calculation model of optimization and have defined the parameters of a mode-locked CO laser with an RF discharge in the supersonic stream. The CO laser average power of 3 kW is sufficient for efficient industrial isotope separation of uranium at one facility.

  3. Picosecond pulses from wavelength-swept continuous-wave Fourier domain mode-locked lasers.

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    Eigenwillig, Christoph M; Wieser, Wolfgang; Todor, Sebastian; Biedermann, Benjamin R; Klein, Thomas; Jirauschek, Christian; Huber, Robert

    2013-01-01

    Ultrafast lasers have a crucial function in many fields of science; however, up to now, high-energy pulses directly from compact, efficient and low-power semiconductor lasers are not available. Therefore, we introduce a new approach based on temporal compression of the continuous-wave, wavelength-swept output of Fourier domain mode-locked lasers, where a narrowband optical filter is tuned synchronously to the round-trip time of light in a kilometre-long laser cavity. So far, these rapidly swept lasers enabled orders-of-magnitude speed increase in optical coherence tomography. Here we report on the generation of ~60-70 ps pulses at 390 kHz repetition rate. As energy is stored optically in the long-fibre delay line and not as population inversion in the laser-gain medium, high-energy pulses can now be generated directly from a low-power, compact semiconductor-based oscillator. Our theory predicts subpicosecond pulses with this new technique in the future.

  4. Passively mode-locked soliton femtosecond pulses employing graphene saturable absorber

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    Lau, K. Y.; Muhammad, F. D.; Latif, A. A.; Abu Bakar, M. H.; Yusoff, Z.; Mahdi, M. A.

    2017-09-01

    We demonstrate a passively mode-locked fiber laser incorporating graphene thin film (GTF) as saturable absorber (SA). The SA is fabricated by sandwiching the GTF between two single mode fiber ferrules through a fiber adaptor. The transmission loss at 1560 nm and non-linear saturation absorption modulation depth for GTF-SA are 0.8 dB and 2.90%, respectively. An erbium-doped fiber laser cavity is constructed to verify the functionality of GTF-SA and is designed to have net anomalous dispersion. It generates large spectral width of 4.99 nm with pulse repetition rate of 9.655 MHz and pulse width of 670 fs. Net anomalous dispersion and time bandwidth product higher than the sech2 transform-limited pulse validate the experimental result. In short, we demonstrate high performance GTF-SA that is able to generate ultrafast pulse duration in femtosecond range effortlessly with simple and green SA fabrication procedures.

  5. Simple optical frequency comb generation using a passively mode-locked quantum dot laser

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    Liu, Li; Zhang, Xiupu; Xu, Tiefeng; Dai, Zhenxiang; Liu, Taijun

    2017-08-01

    A simple and quasi-tunable optical frequency comb (OFC) generator is proposed and experimentally demonstrated using a C-band passively Fabry-Pérot quantum dot mode-locked laser and a dual-driven LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder modulator. A 16-nm bandwidth OFC with 81, 58 and 30 comb lines at frequency interval of 23.3 GHz, 35 GHz and 70 GHz respectively is obtained experimentally. Measured average optical signal to noise ratio of 10-dB bandwidth OFCs is 36.3 dB, 38.5 dB and 40.8 dB at frequency interval of 23.3 GHz, 35 GHz and 70 GHz, respectively. Besides, single-sideband phase noise of the 23.3 GHz and 35 GHz frequency comb is -110 dBc/Hz and -102 dBc/Hz at an offset of 1 kHz, respectively. RF linewidth of the 23.3 GHz and 35 GHz OFC is about from 275 Hz to 289 Hz. This is considered a very simple OFC generator with a broadband and seamless spectrum.

  6. Isolator-free switchable uni- and bidirectional hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser.

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    Chernysheva, Maria; Araimi, Mohammed Al; Kbashi, Hani; Arif, Raz; Sergeyev, Sergey V; Rozhin, Aleksey

    2016-07-11

    An Erbium-doped fibre ring laser hybrid mode-locked with single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and nonlinear polarisation evolution (NPE) without an optical isolator has been investigated for various cavity conditions. Precise control of the state of polarisation (SOP) in the cavity ensures different losses for counter-propagating optical fields. As the result, the laser operates in quasi-unidirectional regime in both clockwise (CW) and counter-clockwise (CCW) directions with the emission strengths difference of the directions of 22 dB. Furthermore, by adjusting the net birefringence in the cavity, the laser can operate in a bidirectional generation. In this case, a laser pumped with 75 mW power at 980 nm generates almost identical 790 and 570 fs soliton pulses with an average power of 1.17 and 1.11 mW. The operation stability and pulse quality of the soliton pulses in both unidirectional regimes are highly competitive with those generated in conventional ring fibre lasers with isolator in the cavity. Demonstrated bidirectional laser operation can find vital applications in gyroscopes or precision rotation sensing technologies.

  7. Fourier domain mode-locked swept source at 1050 nm based on a tapered amplifier.

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    Marschall, Sebastian; Klein, Thomas; Wieser, Wolfgang; Biedermann, Benjamin R; Hsu, Kevin; Hansen, Kim P; Sumpf, Bernd; Hasler, Karl-Heinz; Erbert, Götz; Jensen, Ole B; Pedersen, Christian; Huber, Robert; Andersen, Peter E

    2010-07-19

    While swept source optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the 1050 nm range is promising for retinal imaging, there are certain challenges. Conventional semiconductor gain media have limited output power, and the performance of high-speed Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) lasers suffers from chromatic dispersion in standard optical fiber. We developed a novel light source with a tapered amplifier as gain medium, and investigated the FDML performance comparing two fiber delay lines with different dispersion properties. We introduced an additional gain element into the resonator, and thereby achieved stable FDML operation, exploiting the full bandwidth of the tapered amplifier despite high dispersion. The light source operates at a repetition rate of 116 kHz with an effective average output power in excess of 30 mW. With a total sweep range of 70 nm, we achieved an axial resolution of 15 microm in air (approximately 11 microm in tissue) in OCT measurements. As our work shows, tapered amplifiers are suitable gain media for swept sources at 1050 nm with increased output power, while high gain counteracts dispersion effects in an FDML laser.

  8. Developing high energy mode-locked fiber laser at 2 micron

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    Huang, C; Shang, W; Tang, Y; Xu, J

    2015-01-01

    While dissipative soliton operation has successfully improved the pulse energy of 1 {\\mu}m and 1.5 {\\mu}m fiber lasers to tens of nanojoules, it is still hard to scale the pulse energy of dissipative solitons at 2 {\\mu}m due to the anomalous dispersion of the gain fiber. Based on theoretical simulation, we analyze intracavity dynamics of dissipative solitons (DSs) and propose that gain fiber should be condensed to short length in order to scale the pulse energy of 2 {\\mu}m DSs. The simulation predicts pulse energy of over 10 nJ for 2 {\\mu}m dissipative solitons, comparable to that achieved in the 1 {\\mu}m and 1.5 {\\mu}m regimes. Experimental operation generates stable 2 {\\mu}m DSs from a linear cavity with pulse energy of 4.9 nJ and dechirped pulse duration of 579 fs. These results advance our understanding of mode-locked fiber laser at different wavelengths and lay an important step in achieving high energy ultrafast laser pulses from anomalous dispersion gain media at 2 {\\mu}m.

  9. 8.5-W mode-locked Yb:Lu$_{1.5}$Y$_{1.5}$Al$_5$O$_{12}$ laser with master oscillator power amplifiers

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    Wang, Fuyong; Xie, Guoqiang; Yuan, Peng; Qian, Liejia; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun

    2014-01-01

    We report on a diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:Lu$_{1.5}$Y$_{1.5}$Al$_5$O$_{12}$ (Yb:LuYAG) laser for the first time to our knowledge. With the mixed crystal of Yb:LuYAG as gain medium, the mode-locked laser generated 2.2 W of average output power with a repetition rate of 83.9 MHz and pulse duration of 2.2 ps at the wavelength of 1030 nm. In order to obtain higher output power, the output from the mode-locked oscillator was further amplified to 8.5 W by two-stage single-pass amplifiers. The high-power picosecond laser is very useful for applications such as pumping of mid-infrared optical parametric oscillators, material micro-processing, and UV light generation, etc.

  10. Generation of 30  fs pulses from a diode-pumped graphene mode-locked Yb:CaYAlO4 laser.

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    Ma, Jie; Huang, Haitao; Ning, Kaijie; Xu, Xiaodong; Xie, Guoqiang; Qian, Liejia; Loh, Kian Ping; Tang, Dingyuan

    2016-03-01

    Stable 30 fs pulses centered at 1068 nm (less than 10 optical cycles) are demonstrated in a diode pumped Yb:CaYAlO4 laser by using high-quality chemical vapor deposited monolayer graphene as the saturable absorber. The mode-locked 8.43 optical-cycle pulses have a spectral bandwidth of ∼50  nm and a pulse repetition frequency of ∼113.5  MHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse ever reported for graphene mode-locked lasers and mode-locked Yb-doped bulk lasers. Our experimental results demonstrate that graphene mode locking is a very promising practical technique for directly generating few-cycle optical pulses from a laser oscillator.

  11. As-grown uniform MoS2/mica saturable absorber for passively Q-switched mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser

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    Xu, Yuanyuan; Yang, Cheng; Ge, Pengguang; Liu, Jie; Jiang, Shouzhen; Li, Chun; Man, Baoyuan

    2016-08-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has recently attracted growing attention due to its distinctive properties and potential applications in optoelectronics and electronics. Here, large-area and high-quality MoS2 film with uniform thickness was obtained by thermally decomposing ammonium thiomolybdate. Besides, it is firstly demonstrated that the as-grown MoS2/mica can be directly inserted into Nd:GdVO4 laser cavity as saturable absorber for the output of diode-pumped passively Q-switched mode-locked pulse trains. Using the MoS2 saturable absorbers, the stable Q-switched mode-locked pulse trains with high modulation depth were realized, suggesting that the broadband MoS2 SA could potentially be employed in mode-locking laser system

  12. 10  GHz pulse repetition rate Er:Yb:glass laser modelocked with quantum dot semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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    Resan, B; Kurmulis, S; Zhang, Z Y; Oehler, A E H; Markovic, V; Mangold, M; Südmeyer, T; Keller, U; Hogg, R A; Weingarten, K J

    2016-05-10

    Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) modelocked high pulse repetition rate (≥10  GHz) diode-pumped solid-state lasers are proven as an enabling technology for high data rate coherent communication systems owing to their low noise and high pulse-to-pulse optical phase-coherence. Compared to quantum well, quantum dot (QD)-based SESAMs offer potential advantages to such laser systems in terms of reduced saturation fluence, broader bandwidth, and wavelength flexibility. Here, we describe the first 10 GHz pulse repetition rate QD-SESAM modelocked laser at 1.55 μm, exhibiting 2 ps pulse width from an Er-doped glass oscillator (ERGO). The 10 GHz ERGO laser is modelocked with InAs/GaAs QD-SESAM with saturation fluence as low as 9  μJ/cm2.

  13. Explaining simultaneous dual-band carbon nanotube mode-locking Erbium-doped fiber laser by net gain cross section variation.

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    Rosa, Henrique G; Steinberg, David; Thoroh de Souza, Eunézio A

    2014-11-17

    In this paper we report the pulse evolution of a simultaneously mode-locked Erbium-doped fiber laser at 1556-nm-band and 1533-nm-band. We explain the dual wavelength laser operation by means of net gain cross section variations caused by the population inversion rate dependence on the pump power. At 1556-nm-band, we observed pulse duration of 370 fs with bandwidth of 8.50 nm and, for pump power higher than 150 mW, we observe the rise of a CW and mode-locked laser, sequentially, at 1533-nm-band. We show that both bands are simultaneously mode-locked and operate at different repetition rates.

  14. Q-switched mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser based on topological insulator Bi(2)Se(3) deposited fiber taper.

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    Gao, Lei; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Jing Dong; Zhu, Tao; Zhang, Han; Zhao, Chu Jun; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Hua

    2014-08-10

    We have demonstrated the passive Q-switching mode-locking operation in an erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser by using topological insulator Bi(2)Se(3) deposited on fiber taper, whose damage threshold can be further increased by the large evanescent field interacting length. Due to the low saturation intensity, stable Q-switched mode-locked fiber lasers centered at 1562 nm can be generated at a pump power of 10 mW. The temporal and spectral characteristics for different pump strengths have also been investigated. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time a Q-switched mode-locked EDF laser based on the fiber taper deposited by Bi(2)Se(3) was generated.

  15. Diode-end-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:GAGG laser at 1.3 μm with SESAM Diode-end-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:GAGG laser

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    Li, Y. B.; Jia, Z. T.; Yang, Y.; Fu, X. W.; Yuan, D. S.; Zhi, Y. C.; Dong, C. M.; Zhang, B. T.; He, J. L.; Tao, X. T.

    2012-08-01

    The performance of a passively mode-locked Nd:Gd3AlxGa5-xO12 (Nd:GAGG) laser at 1332 nm was experimentally investigated by using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) for the first time. At the absorbed pump power of 6.7 W, the average output power was obtained to be 293 mW with the pulse duration of 6.3 ps and the repetition rate of 32.2 MHz. The corresponding single pulse energy and the peak power were determined to be 4.55 nJ and 722 W, respectively.

  16. Up to 400 GHz burst-mode pulse generation from a hybrid harmonic mode-locked Er-doped fibre laser

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    Wang, Sheng-Min; Lai, Yinchieh

    2017-02-01

    By inserting a birefringence filter with FSR  =  100 GHz inside a hybrid mode-locked Er-doped fibre laser, we successfully generate ps to sub-ps optical burst pulses with the intra-burst pulse rate up to 400 GHz. Multiplication of the intra-burst pulse rate is attributed to a new effect analogous to rational harmonic mode-locking, which occurs due to the relative alignment of the cavity harmonic frequencies, the external phase modulation induced frequencies, and the filter-selected frequencies.

  17. Mode-locked and Q-switched operation of a diode laser pumped Nd:YAG laser operating at 1.064 µm

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    Maker, G. T.; Keen, S. J.; Ferguson, A. I.

    1988-10-01

    We describe the performance of a mode-locked and Q-switched Nd:YAG laser operating at 1.064 μm, optically pumped by a 500 mW diode laser. The cw mode-locked system provides bandwidth-limited pulses of 55 ps duration, with a corresponding peak power of 3.3 W. When Q-switched the energy within the 100 ns pulse envelope is 10 μJ giving a peak power in the largest pulse of 7 kW. Preliminary results for operation at 1.32 μm are also reported.

  18. The Study on the Variation of the Cavity Length's Influence on the Output Pulse Train of the Actively Mode-Locked Fiber Laser

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    LUO Hong-e; TIAN Xiao-jian; GAO Bo

    2005-01-01

    The influence of actively mode-locked Erbium-Doped Fiber Laser(EDFL) cavity length variation on the noises of an optical pulse train is investigated, in theory and in MATLAB simulation. Using a simple model, the noise characteristics of the output pulse train are studied. The results show that the noises of the output pulse train increase with the increasing of the variation of the cavity length. The theory analysis and the simulation results agree well. This result is very significant for us to improve the reliability and the stability of the actively mode-locked fiber laser.

  19. Mode-locking of a high power, 888 nm pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using nonlinear polarization rotation via Type I second harmonic generation.

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    Schäfer, Christoph; Fries, Christian; Theobald, Christian; L'huillier, Johannes A

    2013-01-15

    Continuous-wave mode-locking of a laser exploiting the nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) technique via Type I second harmonic generation is demonstrated for the first time. The NPR is generated by a lithium triborate crystal and transformed into nonlinear cavity losses of a 888 nm pumped Nd:YVO4 laser. Self-starting, reliable mode-locking has been achieved at a high average output power of 20.6 W and a pulse duration of 7.3 ps. Furthermore, transform limited pulses down to 2.7 ps have been demonstrated at 9.9 W.

  20. High-speed polarization-sensitive OCT at 1060 nm using a Fourier domain mode-locked swept source

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    Marschall, Sebastian; Torzicky, Teresa; Klein, Thomas;

    2012-01-01

    , polarization-maintaining or depolarizing areas within the sample. This information can be used to distinguish retinal layers and structures with different polarization properties. High imaging speed is crucial for imaging ocular structures in vivo in order to minimize motion artifacts while acquiring...... sufficiently large datasets. Here, we demonstrate PS-OCT imaging at 350 kHz A-scan rate using a two-channel PS-OCT system in conjunction with a Fourier domain mode-locked laser. The light source spectrum spans up to 100nm around the water absorption minimum at 1060 nm. By modulating the laser pump current, we...

  1. Evanescent field interaction of tapered fiber with graphene oxide in generation of wide-bandwidth mode-locked pulses

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    Ahmad, H.; Faruki, M. J.; Razak, M. Z. A.; Tiu, Z. C.; Ismail, M. F.

    2017-02-01

    Pulses with picosecond pulse widths are highly desired for high precision laser applications. A mode-locked pulse laser utilizing evanescent field interaction of a tapered fiber with graphene oxide (GO) is demonstrated. A homemade fabrication stage was used to fabricate the tapered fiber using systematic flame brushing and a GO solution was used to coat the microfiber using optical deposition technique. Pulse trains with a pulse width of 3.46 ps, a 3 dB optical bandwidth of 11.82 nm and a repetition rate of 920 kHz were obtained. The system has substantial potential for many crucial medical, communication, bio processing, military, and industrial applications.

  2. Picosecond to femtosecond pulses from high power self mode-locked ytterbium rod-type fiber laser

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    Deslandes, Pierre; Perrin, Mathias; Saby, Julien; Sangla, Damien; Salin, François; Freysz, Eric

    2013-01-01

    International audience; We have designed an ytterbium rod-type fiber laser oscillator with tunable pulse duration. This system that delivers more than 10 W of average power is self mode-locked. It yields femtosecond to picosecond laser pulses at a repetition rate of 74 MHz. The pulse duration is adjusted by changing the spectral width of a band pass filter that is inserted in the laser cavity. Using volume Bragg gratings of 0.9 nm and 0.07 nm spectrum bandwidth, this oscillator delivers nearl...

  3. Compact and high repetition rate Kerr-lens mode-locked 532 nm Nd:YVO4 laser

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    Li, Zuohan; Peng, Jiying; Yuan, Ruixia; Wang, Tongtong; Yao, Jianquan; Zheng, Yi

    2015-11-01

    A compact and feasible CW Kerr-lens-induced mode-locked 532 nm Nd:YVO4 laser system was experimentally demonstrated for the first time with theoretical analysis. Kerr-lens mode locking with intracavity second harmonic generation provides a promising method to generate a high-repetition-rate picosecond green laser. With an incident pump power of 6 W, the average output power of mode locking was 258 mW at a high repetition rate of 1.1 GHz.

  4. Kerr-Lens Mode-Locked Femtosecond Yb:GdYSiO5 Laser Directly Pumped by a Laser Diode

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    Jiangfeng Zhu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate the first Kerr-lens mode-locked operation in a diode-pumped Yb:GdYSiO5 oscillator. Under a diode pump power of 5 W, 141 fs pulses with an average power of 237 mW were obtained at a repetition rate of 118 MHz. The central wavelength was at 1094 nm with a bandwidth of 10.1 nm. Shorter pulses were obtained by adjusting the cavity to operate at a shorter wavelength, resulting in 55 fs pulse duration at the central wavelength of 1054 nm with a bandwidth of 23.5 nm.

  5. Generation of 170-fs Laser Pulses at 1053 nm by a Passively Mode-Locked Yb:YAG Laser

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    ZHOU Bin-Bin; WEI Zhi-Yi; LI De-Hua; TENG Hao; Bourdet G. L

    2009-01-01

    A novel method is developed to obtain 1.05μm laser operation with a Yb:YAG laser. By using a Yb:YAG crystal with proper length and doping concentration, a femtosecond Yb: YAG laser is realized at the central wavelength of 1053nm. The measured pulse duration and spectral bandwidth (FWHM) are 17ors and 7nm; the repetition rate is 80 MHz. Under a power pump of 2 W, an average mode-locking power of 180mW is achieved.

  6. Tunable and switchable dual-wavelength Tm-doped mode-locked fiber laser by nonlinear polarization evolution.

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    Yan, Zhiyu; Li, Xiaohui; Tang, Yulong; Shum, Perry Ping; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2015-02-23

    We propose and demonstrate a tunable and switchable dual-wavelength ultra-fast Tm-doped fiber laser. The tunability is based on nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) technique in a passively mode-locked laser cavity. The NPE effect induces wavelength-dependent loss in the cavity to effectively alleviate mode competition and enables the multiwavelength mode locking. The laser exhibits tunable dual-wavelength mode locking over a wide range from 1852 to 1886 nm. The system has compact structure and both the wavelength tuning and switching capabilities can be realized by controlling the polarization in the fiber ring cavity.

  7. Self-stabilized and dispersion-compensated passively mode-locked Yb:Yttrium aluminum garnet laser

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    Agnesi, A.; Guandalini, A.; Reali, G.

    2005-04-01

    Self-stabilized passive mode-locking of a diode-pumped Yb:yttrium aluminum garnet laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber was achieved using an off-phase-matching second-harmonic crystal. According to the numerical model, such a condition is accomplished by self-defocusing in the nonlinear crystal in the presence of positive intracavity dispersion. Robust mode locking with Fourier-limited 1.0-ps pulses was obtained, whereas mode locking, unassisted by the nonlinear crystal, yielded 2.2-ps pulses, with the laser operating near the edge of the stability region in order to minimize the saturation energy of the semiconductor device.

  8. Control over the performance characteristics of a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fibre ring laser

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    Chernysheva, M A; Krylov, A A; Dianov, E M [Fiber Optics Research Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Ogleznev, A A [Perm Research and Production Instrument Company, Perm (Russian Federation); Arutyunyan, N R; Pozharov, A S; Obraztsova, E D [A M Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2013-08-31

    We report an all-fibre ultrashort pulse erbium-doped ring laser passively mode-locked by single-wall carbon nanotubes dispersed in carboxymethylcellulose-based polymer films. Owing to intracavity dispersion management and controlled absorption in the polymer films, the laser is capable of generating both femto- and picosecond pulses of various shapes in the spectral range 1.53 – 1.56 μm. We have demonstrated and investigated the generation of almost transform- limited, inversely modified solitons at a high normal cavity dispersion. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  9. Low-timing-jitter high-power mode-locked 1063 nm Nd:GdVO₄ master oscillator power amplifier.

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    Wang, Zhi-min; Zhang, Feng-feng; Zuo, Jun-wei; Yang, Jing; Yuan, Lei; Peng, Qin-jun; Cui, Da-fu; Xu, Zu-yan

    2015-10-01

    A low-timing-jitter high-power semiconductor saturable absorber mirror mode-locked picosecond (ps) 1063 nm Nd:GdVO4 master oscillator power amplifier is presented. Using a single-pass Nd:GdVO4 amplifier, an amplified laser with 21.5 W output power and 8.3 ps pulsewidth was achieved at 250 MHz repetition rate. Employing a servo control, an average RMS timing jitter of ∼222  fs was realized. This laser can be used as a drive laser for photocathode injectors in free-electron lasers.

  10. Passive mode-locking of fiber ring laser at the 337th harmonic using gigahertz acoustic core resonances.

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    Kang, M S; Joly, N Y; Russell, P St J

    2013-02-15

    We report the experimental demonstration of a passively mode-locked Er-doped fiber ring laser operating at the 337th harmonic (1.80 GHz) of the cavity. The laser makes use of highly efficient Raman-like optoacoustic interactions between the guided light and gigahertz acoustic resonances trapped in the micron-sized solid glass core of a photonic crystal fiber. At sufficient pump power levels the laser output locks to a repetition rate corresponding to the acoustic frequency. A stable optical pulse train with a side-mode suppression ratio higher than 45 dB was obtained at low pump powers (~60 mW).

  11. Research of actively-passively mode-locked Nd:YAG laser pumped by pulse xenon lamp%主被动锁模脉冲氙灯抽运Nd:YAG激光器的研究

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    袁易君

    2011-01-01

    为了克服主动锁模脉冲能量低、被动调Q锁模稳定性差、锁模不完全的缺点,采用Cr:YAG和声光锁模器进行主被动联合锁模脉冲氙灯抽运的Nd:YAG激光器,实验验证和分析了Cr:YAG被动锁模,声光锁模器主动锁模及两者联合主被动锁模3种情况下输出脉冲的特性.结果表明,主被动联合锁模可得到200mJ输出能量、输出幅值和能量抖动小于±5%、锁模深度100%、脉宽小于450ps的1064nm锁模脉冲输出,腔外增加KTP倍频晶体,可得到约41%的转换效率的532nm稳定锁模脉冲输出.这一结果验证了主被动锁模技术的可行性,有利于锁模技术的进一步发展.%In order to resolve the low output energy of active mode-locked laser and instability of passive mode-locked laser,Cr4+ :YAG passive mode-locker and acousto-optic active mode-locker were used jointly for Nd:YAG laser mode-locking.The output characteristics of passively mode-locked by Cr4+ :YAG only, actively mode-locked by anousto-optic mode-locker only and mode-locked by Cr+ :YAG and acousto-optic jointly were analyzed and compared through experiments.Results showed that the joint mode-locking method gave good resolution to the low output energy and stability, and the mode-lock amplitude and energy fluctuation were less than ± 5%, with the depth of mode locking of 100%, pulse width less than 450ps and output energy near 200mJ at 1064nm wavelength.Adding KTP crystal out of the cavity, the output conversion efficiency was about 41% at 532nm wavelength.The results show the possibility of actively-passively mode-locked technology and it is helpful for the development of mode-locking technology.

  12. Bismuth telluride topological insulator nanosheet saturable absorbers for q-switched mode-locked Tm:ZBLAN waveguide lasers

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    Jiang, Xiantao; Gross, Simon; Withford, Michael J.; Fuerbach, Alexander [Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and MQ Photonics Research Centre, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie Univ., NSW (Australia); Zhang, Han; Guo, Zhinan [SZU-NUS Collaborative Innovation Centre for Optoelectronic Science and Technology, Key Lab. of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems of Ministry of Education, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen Univ. (China)

    2016-08-15

    Nanosheets of bismuth telluride (Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}), a topological insulator material that exhibits broadband saturable absorption due to its non-trivial Dirac-cone like energy structure, are utilized to generate short pulses from Tm:ZBLAN waveguide lasers. By depositing multiple layers of a carefully prepared Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} solution onto a glass substrate, the modulation depth and the saturation intensity of the fabricated devices can be controlled and optimized. This approach enables the realization of saturable absorbers that feature a modulation depth of 13% and a saturation intensity of 997 kW/cm{sup 2}. For the first time to our knowledge, Q-switched mode-locked operation of a linearly polarized mid-IR ZBLAN waveguide chip laser was realized in an extended cavity configuration using the topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. The maximum average output power of the laser is 16.3 mW and the Q-switched and mode-locked repetition rates are 44 kHz and 436 MHz, respectively. (copyright 2016 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Effects of carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide absorbers on the noise of mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yu, Xuechao; Wang, Yonggang; Wang, Yishan; Meng, Bo; Tang, Yulong; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Sun, Zhipei; Shum, Perry Ping; Wang, Qi Jie

    2014-01-01

    Phase noise is very important for the ultrafast pulse application in telecommunication, ultrafast diagnose, material science, and biology. In this paper, two types of carbon nano-materials, single-wall carbon nanotube and graphene oxide, are investigated for noise suppression in ultrafast photonics. Various properties of the wall-paper SAs, such as saturable intensity, optical absorption and degree of purity, are found to be key factors determining the phase noise of the ultrafast pulses. A reduced-noise femtosecond fiber laser is experimentally demonstrated by optimizing the above parameters of carbon material based SAs. The phase noise reduction more than 10 dB at 10 kHz can be obtained in the experiments. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the relationship between different carbon material based SAs and the phase noise of mode-locked lasers has been investigated. This work will pave the way to get a high-quality ultrashort pulse in passively mode-locked fiber lasers.

  14. Q-switching and mode-locking pulse generation with graphene oxide paper-based saturable absorber

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    Sulaiman Wadi Harun

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Q-switched and mode-locked erbium-doped fibre lasers (EDFLs are demonstrated by using non-conductive graphene oxide (GO paper as a saturable absorber (SA. A stable and self-starting Q-switched operation was achieved at 1534.4 nm by using a 0.8 m long erbium-doped fibre (EDF as a gain medium. The pulse repetition rate changed from 14.3 to 31.5 kHz, whereas the corresponding pulse width decreased from 32.8 to 13.8 µs as the pump power increased from 22 to 50.5 mW. A narrow spacing dual-wavelength Q-switched EDFL could also be realised by including a photonics crystal fibre and a tunable Bragg filter in the setup. It can operate at a maximum repetition rate of 31 kHz, with a pulse duration of 7.04 µs and pulse energy of 2.8 nJ. Another GOSA was used to realise mode-locked EDFL in a different cavity consisting of a 1.6 m long EDF in conjunction with 1480 nm pumping. The laser generated a soliton pulse train with a repetition rate of 15.62 MHz and pulse width of 870 fs. It is observed that the proposed fibre lasers have a low pulsing threshold pump power as well as a low damage threshold.

  15. Femtosecond mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser based on MoS2-PVA saturable absorber

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    Ahmed, M. H. M.; Latiff, A. A.; Arof, H.; Ahmad, H.; Harun, S. W.

    2016-08-01

    We fabricate a free-standing few-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)-polymer composite by liquid phase exfoliation of chemically pristine MoS2 crystals and use this to demonstrate a soliton mode-locked Erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL). A stable self-started mode-locked soliton pulse is generated by fine-tuning the rotation of the polarization controller at a low threshold pump power of 25 mW. Its solitonic behavior is verified by the presence of Kelly sidebands in the output spectrum. The central wavelength, pulse width, and repetition rate of the laser are 1573.7 nm, 630 fs, and 27.1 MHz, respectively. The maximum pulse energy is 0.141 nJ with peak power of 210 W at pump power of 170 mW. This result contributes to the growing body of work studying the nonlinear optical properties of transition metal dichalcogenides that present new opportunities for ultrafast photonic applications.

  16. Design and Applications of In-Cavity Pulse Shaping by Spectral Sculpturing in Mode-Locked Fibre Lasers

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    Sonia Boscolo

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available We review our recent progress on the realisation of pulse shaping in passively-mode-locked fibre lasers by inclusion of an amplitude and/or phase spectral filter into the laser cavity. We numerically show that depending on the amplitude transfer function of the in-cavity filter, various regimes of advanced waveform generation can be achieved, including ones featuring parabolic-, flat-top- and triangular-profiled pulses. An application of this approach using a flat-top spectral filter is shown to achieve the direct generation of high-quality sinc-shaped optical Nyquist pulses with a widely tunable bandwidth from the laser oscillator. We also present the operation of an ultrafast fibre laser in which conventional soliton, dispersion-managed soliton (stretched-pulse and dissipative soliton mode-locking regimes can be selectively and reliably targeted by adaptively changing the dispersion profile and bandwidth programmed on an in-cavity programmable filter. The results demonstrate the strong potential of an in-cavity spectral pulse shaper for achieving a high degree of control over the dynamics and output of mode-locked fibre lasers.

  17. Continuous-wave to pulse regimes for a family of passively mode-locked lasers with saturable nonlinearity

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    Dikandé, Alain M.; Voma Titafan, J.; Essimbi, B. Z.

    2017-10-01

    The transition dynamics from continuous-wave to pulse regimes of operation for a generic model of passively mode-locked lasers with saturable absorbers, characterized by an active medium with non-Kerr nonlinearity, are investigated analytically and numerically. The system is described by a complex Ginzburg–Landau equation with a general m:n saturable nonlinearity (i.e {I}m/{(1+{{Γ }}I)}n, where I is the field intensity and m and n are two positive numbers), coupled to a two-level gain equation. An analysis of stability of continuous waves, following the modulational instability approach, provides a global picture of the self-starting dynamics in the system. The analysis reveals two distinct routes depending on values of the couple (m, n), and on the dispersion regime: in the normal dispersion regime, when m = 2 and n is arbitrary, the self-starting requires positive values of the fast saturable absorber and nonlinearity coefficients, but negative values of these two parameters for the family with m = 0. However, when the spectral filter is negative, the laser can self-start for certain values of the input field and the nonlinearity saturation coefficient Γ. The present work provides a general map for the self-starting mechanisms of rare-earth doped figure-eight fiber lasers, as well as Kerr-lens mode-locked solid-state lasers.

  18. Comparison of Monolithic Optical Frequency Comb Generators Based on Passively Mode-Locked Lasers for Continuous Wave mm-Wave and Sub-THz Generation

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    Criado, A. R.; de Dios, C.; Acedo, P.;

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, two different Passive Mode-Locked Laser Diodes (PMLLD) structures, a Fabry–Perot cavity and a ring cavity laser are characterized and evaluated as monolithic Optical Frequency Comb Generators (OFCG) for CW sub-THz generation. An extensive characterization of the devices under study...

  19. 基于氧化石墨烯的锁模激光实验%Experiment of mode-locked laser using graphene oxide

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    程晨; 魏加峰; 刘博文; 张建友; 刘杰

    2014-01-01

    设计了低成本全固态锁模超快激光实验系统,使用透射式氧化石墨烯饱和吸收体作为被动锁模元件,直接插入到腔内,可依次观察到激光的不同运转状态.实验采用结构紧凑的谐振腔设计,获得了二极管端面泵浦Nd∶YVO4晶体的1064 nm连续波被动锁模激光输出,重复频率为81 M Hz ,最大平均输出功率为1.23 W ,相应的锁模单脉冲能量为15.2 nJ .%A low cost all solid-state mode-locked ultrashort laser operation based on a graphene oxide saturable absorber was designed .By using graphene oxide saturable absorber (SA ) as mode-locked component ,passively mode-locked 1 064 nm continuous wave laser output of end-diode-pump Nd∶YVO4 crystal was obtained with compact resonator .The maximum average output power of 1 .23 W with a repetition rate of 81 M Hz was obtained ,corresponding to mode-locking single pulse energy of 15 .2 nJ .

  20. Single-wall carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide-based saturable absorbers for low phase noise mode-locked fiber lasers.

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    Li, Xiaohui; Wu, Kan; Sun, Zhipei; Meng, Bo; Wang, Yonggang; Wang, Yishan; Yu, Xuechao; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Shum, Perry Ping; Wang, Qi Jie

    2016-04-29

    Low phase noise mode-locked fiber laser finds important applications in telecommunication, ultrafast sciences, material science, and biology, etc. In this paper, two types of carbon nano-materials, i.e. single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) and graphene oxide (GO), are investigated as efficient saturable absorbers (SAs) to achieve low phase noise mode-locked fiber lasers. Various properties of these wall-paper SAs, such as saturable intensity, optical absorption and degree of purity, are found to be key factors determining the performance of the ultrafast pulses. Reduced-noise femtosecond fiber lasers based on such carbon-based SAs are experimentally demonstrated, for which the phase noise has been reduced by more than 10 dB for SWNT SAs and 8 dB for GO SAs at 10 kHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first investigation on the relationship between different carbon material based SAs and the phase noise of mode-locked lasers. This work paves the way to generate high-quality low phase noise ultrashort pulses in passively mode-locked fiber lasers.

  1. Fiber Transmission Stabilization by Optical Heterodyning Techniques and Synchronization of Mode-Locked Lasers Using Two Spectral Lines

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    Staples, J W

    2005-01-01

    Stabilization of the transit time through a glass fiber using an optical heterodyne technique promises to provide jitter reduction down to the few femtosecond level using inexpensive commodity hardware. An acousto-optical frequency shifter provides the optical frequency offset that is used to downconvert phase shifts at optical frequency to equivalent phase shifts at radio frequency which are used to close a phase-lock loop driving a piezoelectric phase shifter. Using the stabilized fiber transmission medium, two spectral lines of a mode locked laser lock two low-power CW lasers which are transmitted to a receiver which phase locks the same spectral lines of a second mode-locked laser to the first. The optical transmission system operates at low power and is linear, providing excellent signal-to-noise ratio and allows many signals to be transmitted without mutual interference. Experimental results will be presented.

  2. Ultrawide broadband photonic source based on a new design of mode-locked erbium-doped fibre laser

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    Jarabo, S.; Salgado-Remacha, F. J.

    2015-09-01

    Pulses with a spectral width of 134 nm at  -6 dBm nm-1 and 223 nm at  -20 dBm nm-1, covering L-band and U-band and longer wavelengths (even beyond 1700 nm), are achieved by means of a new design of passive mode-locked erbium-doped fibre laser. This source includes a C/L-band filter inside a ring cavity with an L-band erbium-doped fibre amplifier as active medium and its output pulses are amplified by means of a second L-band amplifier. It is demonstrated that output spectra are clearly broadened due to the presence of the C/L band filter.

  3. A stable polarization switching laser from a bidirectional passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber oscillator.

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    Zhou, Wei; Shen, Deyuan; Wang, Yishan; Ma, Hefeng; Wang, Fei

    2013-04-08

    We report on a novel polarization switching laser from a bidirectional passively mode-locked thulium(Tm)-doped fiber oscillator, which was characterized by the periodical change of polarization state of every pulse. The switching laser was created by combing two orthogonally stable vector solitons, which were found to be wave-breaking-free pulses in the all-anomalous-dispersion regime. The measured repetition rates of switching laser and the corresponding vector solitons were 49.596 MHz, 24.798 MHz, and 24.798MHz. By controlling wave plates, either of the polarized pulse trains can be switched on or off. To our knowledge, this is the first report of polarization switching laser with vector solitons in Tm fiber oscillators.

  4. Mode-locking and Q-switching in multi-wavelength fiber ring laser using low frequency phase modulation.

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    Jun, Chang Su; Kim, Byoung Yoon

    2011-03-28

    We describe experimental investigation of pulsed output from a multi-wavelength fiber ring laser incorporating low frequency phase modulation with large modulation amplitude. The Erbium-doped fiber (EDF) ring laser generated more than 8 wavelength channels with the help of a phase modulator operating at 26.2 kHz and a periodic intra-cavity filter. For most cases, the laser output is pulsed in the form of mode-locking at 5.62 MHz and/or Q-switching at harmonic and sub-harmonic of the phase modulation frequency. Chaotic pulse output is also observed. The behavior of the output pulses are described as functions of pump power and phase modulation amplitude. The relative intensity noise (RIN) value of a single wavelength channel is measured to be under -100 dB/Hz (-140 dB/Hz beyond 1.5 GHz).

  5. Generation of femtosecond optical vortex beams in all-fiber mode-locked fiber laser using mode selective coupler

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    Wang, Teng; Shi, Fan; Pang, Fufei; Huang, Sujuan; Wang, Tingyun; Zeng, Xianglong

    2016-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a high-order optical vortex pulsed laser based on a mode selective all-fiber fused coupler composed of a single-mode fiber (SMF) and a few-mode fiber (FMF). The fused SMF-FMF coupler inserted in the cavity not only acts as mode converter from LP01 mode to LP11 or LP21 modes with a broadband width over 100 nm, but also directly delivers femtosecond vortex pulses out of the mode locked cavity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the generation of high-order pulse vortex beams in mode-locked fiber laser. The generated 140 femtosecond vortex beam has a spectral width of 67 nm centered at 1544 nm.

  6. Wavelength Spacing Tunable, Multiwavelength Q-Switched Mode-Locked Laser Based on Graphene-Oxide-Deposited Tapered Fiber

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    Gao, Lei; Zeng, Jing

    2014-01-01

    A wavelength spacing tunable, multiwavelength Q-switched mode-locked (QML) fiber laser in an erbium-doped fiber cavity based on graphene oxide deposited on tapered fiber is proposed by choosing the diameter and length of the taper, graphene oxide thickness and cavity dispersion, in which the wavelength spacing could be tuned by pump power. The evolutions of temporal and spectral with different pump strengths are investigated. Results show that the tunability of the multiwavelength laser can be interpreted by the bound states of QML laser resulting from a mutual interaction of dispersion, nonlinear effect, insertion loss, and pump power. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first experimental observation of bound states of QML, which provides a new mechanism to fabricate tunable multiwavelength laser.

  7. The characteristics of Kerr-lens mode-locked self-Raman Nd:YVO4 1176 nm laser

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    Li, Zuohan; Peng, Jiying; Yao, Jianquan; Han, Ming

    2017-03-01

    In this paper we report on a compact and feasible dual-concave cavity CW Kerr-lens mode-locked self-Raman Nd:YVO4 laser. A self-starting diode-pumped picosecond Nd:YVO4 1176 nm laser is demonstrated without any additional components, where the stimulated Stokes Raman scattering and Kerr-lens-induced mode locking are operated in the same crystal. With an incident pump power of 12 W, the average output power at 1176 nm is up to 643 mW. Meanwhile, the repetition rate and the pulse width of the fundamental laser are measured to be 1.53 GHz and 8.6 ps, respectively. In addition, the yellow laser output at 588 nm is realized by frequency doubling with a LiB3O5 crystal.

  8. Broadly Tunable SOA-Based Active Mode-Locked Fibre Ring Laser by Forward Injection Optical Pulse

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    YAN Shuang-Yi; ZHANG Jian-Guo; ZHAO Wei; LU Hong-Qiang; WANG Wei-Qiang

    2008-01-01

    @@ We present a broadly tunable active mode-locked fibre ring laser based on a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), with forward injection optical pulses. The laser can generate pulse sequence with pulsewidth about 12ps and high output power up to 8.56dBm at 2.5 GHz stably. Incorporated with a wavelength-tunable optical bandpass filter, the pulse laser can operate with a broad wavelength tunable span up to 37nm with almost constant pulsewidth. A detailed experimental analysis is also carried out to investigate the relationship between the power of the internal cavity and the pulsewidth of the output pulse sequence. The experimental configuration of the pulse laser is very simple and easy to setup with no polarization-sensitive components.

  9. Picosecond 1.3{-}\\unicode{956} {\\text{m}} bismuth fibre laser mode-locked by a nonlinear loop mirror

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    Khegai, A. M.; Afanas'ev, F. V.; Riumkin, K. E.; Firstov, S. V.; Khopin, V. F.; Myasnikov, D. V.; Mel'kumov, M. A.; Dianov, E. M.

    2016-12-01

    The influence of the concentration of bismuth active centres (BACs) in phosphosilicate fibres on their optical parameters, including gain coefficient and non-saturable losses, has been studied. A range of BAC concentrations optimal for designing ultrashort-pulse (USP) lasers was chosen based on the obtained results. The optimised fibre was used to fabricate an all-fibre 1.3-\\unicode{956}{\\text{m}} USP laser mode-locked by a nonlinear loop mirror, which emits 11.3-{\\text{ps}} pulses with an energy of 1.65 {\\text{nJ}} and a repetition rate of 3.6 {\\text{MHz}}. A bismuth fibre amplifier made it possible to increase the pulse energy to 8.3 {\\text{nJ}}. After compression in a diffraction grating compressor, the pulse duration decreased to 530 {\\text{fs}}.

  10. Picosecond to femtosecond pulses from high power self mode-locked ytterbium rod-type fiber laser.

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    Deslandes, Pierre; Perrin, Mathias; Saby, Julien; Sangla, Damien; Salin, François; Freysz, Eric

    2013-05-06

    We have designed an ytterbium rod-type fiber laser oscillator with tunable pulse duration. This system that delivers more than 10 W of average power is self mode-locked. It yields femtosecond to picosecond laser pulses at a repetition rate of 74 MHz. The pulse duration is adjusted by changing the spectral width of a band pass filter that is inserted in the laser cavity. Using volume Bragg gratings of 0.9 nm and 0.07 nm spectrum bandwidth, this oscillator delivers nearly Fourier limited 2.8 ps and 18.5 ps pulses, respectively. With a 4 nm interference filter, one obtains picosecond pulses that have been externally dechirped down to 130 fs.

  11. Unidirectional, dual-comb lasing under multiple pulse formation mechanisms in a passively mode-locked fiber ring laser

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    Liu, Ya; Hu, Guoqing; Li, Cui; Zhao, Bofeng; Zheng, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Dual-comb lasers from which asynchronous ultrashort pulses can be simultaneously generated have recently become an interesting research subject. They could be an intriguing alternative to the current dual-laser optical-frequency-comb source with highly sophisticated electronic control systems. If generated through a common light path traveled by all pulses, the common-mode noises between the spectral lines of different pulse trains could be significantly reduced. Therefore, coherent dual-comb generation from a completely common-path, unidirectional lasing cavity would be an interesting territory to explore. In this paper, we demonstrate such a dual-comb lasing scheme based on a nanomaterial saturable absorber with additional pulse narrowing and broadening mechanisms concurrently introduced into a mode-locked fiber laser. The interactions between multiple soliton formation mechanisms result in unusual bifurcation into two-pulse states with quite different characteristics. Simultaneous oscillation of pulses wit...

  12. Photonic ferromagnetic-like spontaneous mode-locking phase transition with replica symmetry breaking in multimode Nd:YAG laser

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    Moura, André L; Raposo, Ernesto P; Gomes, Anderson S L; de Araújo, Cid B

    2016-01-01

    The recent reports of the replica symmetry breaking (RSB) phenomenon in photonic experiments [1-5] boosted the understanding of the role of disorder in multimode lasers, as well as helped to settle enlightening connections [6-13] with the statistical physics of complex systems. RSB manifests when identically-prepared system replicas reach distinct states, yielding different measures of observable quantities [14]. Here we demonstrate the RSB in the spontaneous mode-locking regime of a conventional multimode Nd:YAG laser in a closed cavity. The underlying mechanism is quite distinct from that of the RSB spinglass phase in cavityless random lasers with incoherently-oscillating modes. Here, a specific nonuniform distribution of the gain takes place in each pulse, and frustration is induced since the coherent oscillation of a given subset of longitudinal modes dominates and simultaneously inhibits the others. Nevertheless, when high losses are introduced only the replica-symmetric amplified stimulation emission is...

  13. Experimental investigation of harmonic and subharmonic synchronization of 40 GHz mode-locked quantum-dash laser diodes.

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    Maldonado-Basilio, Ramón; Latkowski, Sylwester; Philippe, Severine; Landais, Pascal

    2011-05-01

    Synchronization of a 40 GHz quantum-dash mode-locked (ML) Fabry-Perot laser diode with optically injected pulse streams is experimentally studied. Injected signals consist of nonmodulated and modulated trains of 1.6 ps pulses at various repetition rates, ranging from 10 to 160 GHz and 10 to 160 Gbps, respectively. Subharmonic, fundamental, and harmonic synchronization of the ML laser allows retrieval of stable 40 GHz clock pulses featuring a width of 1.8 ps. Frequency components at 10 and 20 GHz do not create any amplitude modulation on the recovered 40 GHz clock pulses when injecting signals at 10 and 20 GHz/Gbps. In addition, external synchronization of the laser with pulse streams at 80 and 160 GHz/Gbps is sustained despite the absence of significant components at or below 40 GHz.

  14. Ultrafast soliton mode-locked Zirconia-based Erbium-doped fiber laser with carbon nanotubes saturable absorber

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    Munira Markom, Arni; Wey Sen-Winson, Mah; Paul, Mukul Chandra; Wadi Harun, Sulaiman

    2017-06-01

    Ultrafast soliton mode-locked fiber laser was successfully generated in zirconia-yttria-alumina (Zr-Y-Al) co-doped erbium-doped fiber laser cavity using a single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as saturable absorber. The laser cavity was 11.5 m long with the group delay dispersion of -0.04 ps2. The laser generates soliton pulse train with a center wavelength and 3 dB bandwidth of 1564.2 nm and 3.8 nm, respectively at pump power of 92 mW. Meanwhile, the repetition rate, pulse duration and pulse energy were 17.7 MHz, 770 fs and 51.4 nJ.

  15. Láser de ND:YAG con Mode-Locking por lente de Kerr bombeado por diodos

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    Larotonda, Miguel Antonio

    2002-01-01

    En los últimos años se han hecho progresos significativos en el estudio y desarrollo de láseres de estado sólido. La mayoría de los avances se basan en el desarrollo de nuevos materiales láser, fuentes de excitación óptica más eficientes y más potentes, y nuevos conceptos en geometría de cristales y diseños de láseres. El presente trabajo está dirigido al diseño, análisis y caracterización de sistemas láser de estado totalmente sólido con Mode-Locking pasivo por efecto Kerr (KLM). Se entiende...

  16. Single-section mode-locked 1.55-μm InAs/InP quantum dot lasers grown by MOVPE

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    Gao, Feng; Luo, Shuai; Ji, Hai-Ming; Liu, Song-Tao; Lu, Dan; Ji, Chen; Yang, Tao

    2016-07-01

    We report on ultra-short pulse single-section mode-locked lasers emitting at 1.55 μm, based on self-assembled InAs/InGaAsP/InP quantum dot active regions grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). For a 1.5-mm-long Fabry-Perot laser, mode-locking at a repetition rate of 29.8 GHz with pulse duration of 855 fs is obtained without any external pulse compression techniques. The mode-beating exhibits a narrow RF linewidth less than 30 kHz, and a wide frequency tuning range up to 73 MHz can be achieved by simply changing the injection current. Moreover, a higher repetition rate of 55.6 GHz and the transform limited Gaussian-pulse with the 707 fs pulse duration are achieved from a device with a shorter cavity length of 0.8 mm.

  17. Narrow linewidth comb realized with a mode-locked fiber laser using an intra-cavity waveguide electro-optic modulator for high-speed control.

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    Iwakuni, Kana; Inaba, Hajime; Nakajima, Yoshiaki; Kobayashi, Takumi; Hosaka, Kazumoto; Onae, Atsushi; Hong, Feng-Lei

    2012-06-18

    We have developed an optical frequency comb using a mode-locked fiber ring laser with an intra-cavity waveguide electro-optic modulator controlling the optical length in the laser cavity. The mode-locking is achieved with a simple ring configuration and a nonlinear polarization rotation mechanism. The beat note between the laser and a reference laser and the carrier envelope offset frequency of the comb were simultaneously phase locked with servo bandwidths of 1.3 MHz and 900 kHz, respectively. We observed an out-of-loop beat between two identical combs, and obtained a coherent δ-function peak with a signal to noise ratio of 70 dB/Hz.

  18. 10 kHz ps 1342 nm laser generation by an electro-optically cavity-dumped mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser

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    Chen, Ying; Liu, Ke; He, Li-jiao; Yang, Jing; Zong, Nan; Yang, Feng; Gao, Hong-wei; Liu, Zhao; Yuan, Lei; Lan, Ying-jie; Bo, Yong; Peng, Qin-jun; Cui, Da-fu; Xu, Zu-yan

    2017-01-01

    We have demonstrated an electro-optically cavity-dumped mode-locked (CDML) picosecond Nd:YVO4 laser at 1342 nm with 880 nm diode-laser direct pumping. At a repetition rate of 10 kHz, an average output power of 0.119 W was achieved, corresponding to a pulse energy of 11.9 μJ. Compared with the continuous wave mode-locking pulse energy of 17.5 nJ, the CDML pulse energy was 680 times higher. The pulse width was measured to be 33.4 ps, resulting in the peak power of 356 kW. Meanwhile, the beam quality was nearly diffraction limited with an average beam quality factor M2 of 1.29.

  19. Generation of 30 fs pulses from a diode-pumped graphene mode-locked Yb:CaYAlO_4 laser

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    Ma, Jie; Huang, Haitao; Ning, Kaijie; Xu, Xiaodong; Xie, Guoqiang; Qian, Liejia; Loh, Kian Ping; Tang, Dingyuan

    2016-03-01

    Stable 30 fs pulses centered at 1068 nm (less than 10 optical cycles) are demonstrated in a diode pumped Yb:CaYAlO4 laser by using high-quality chemical vapor deposited monolayer graphene as the saturable absorber. The mode locked 8.43 optical-cycle pulses have a spectral bandwidth of ~ 50 nm and a pulse repetition frequency of ~ 113.5 MHz. To our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse ever reported for graphene mode-locked lasers and mode-locked Yb-doped bulk lasers. Our experimental results demonstrate that graphene mode locking is a very promising practical technique to generate few-cycle optical pulses directly from a laser oscillator.

  20. Generation of 30-fs pulses from a diode-pumped graphene mode-locked Yb:CaYAlO4 laser

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    Ma, Jie; Ning, Kaijie; Xu, Xiaodong; Xie, Guoqiang; Qian, Liejia; Loh, Kian Ping; Tang, Dingyuan

    2015-01-01

    Stable 30 fs pulses centered at 1068 nm (less than 10 optical cycles) are demonstrated in a diode pumped Yb:CaYAlO4 laser by using high-quality chemical vapor deposited monolayer graphene as the saturable absorber. The mode locked 8.43 optical-cycle pulses have a spectral bandwidth of ~ 50 nm and a pulse repetition frequency of ~ 113.5 MHz. To our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse ever reported for graphene mode-locked lasers and mode-locked Yb-doped bulk lasers. Our experimental results demonstrate that graphene mode locking is a very promising practical technique to generate few-cycle optical pulses directly from a laser oscillator.

  1. 6.5 µJ pulses from a compact dissipative soliton resonance mode-locked erbium-ytterbium double clad (DC) laser

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    Krzempek, K.; Abramski, K.

    2017-01-01

    The feasibility of constructing a compact, all-fiber, dissipative soliton resonance (DSR) mode-locked erbium-ytterbium double clad laser emitting 6.517 µJ pulses directly from the cavity is presented. The laser was built in a figure-8 configuration and mode-locked using a nonlinear optical loop mirror. A DSR regime of operation was enforced in the cavity by large net-anomalous dispersion (-21.431 ps2), obtained by incorporating 1 km of SMF28 fiber in the resonator. The laser operated at a 201 kHz repetition rate, with maximum average output power of 1.31 W at 7.2 W of pump power, yielding an impressive 20% slope efficiency.

  2. Passively mode-locking erbium-doped fiber lasers with 0.3 nm Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Xu, Xintong; Zhai, Jianpang; Li, Ling; Chen, Yanping; Yu, Yongqin; Zhang, Min; Ruan, Shuangchen; Tang, Zikang

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) by using the smallest single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with a diameter of 0.3 nm as the saturable absorber. These ultrasmall SWNTs are fabricated in the elliptical nanochannels of a ZnAPO4-11 (AEL) single crystal. By placing an AEL crystal into an EDFL cavity pumped by a 980 nm laser diode, stable passive mode-locking is achieved for a threshold pump power of 280 mW, and 73 ps pulses at 1563.2 nm with a repetition rate of 26.79 MHz. PMID:25342292

  3. Repetition frequency scaling of an all-polarization maintaining erbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser based on carbon nanotubes saturable absorber

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    Sotor, J., E-mail: jaroslaw.sotor@pwr.edu.pl; Sobon, G.; Abramski, K. M. [Laser and Fiber Electronics Group, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland); Jagiello, J.; Lipinska, L. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Wolczynska 133, 01-919 Warsaw (Poland)

    2015-04-07

    We demonstrate an all-polarization maintaining (PM), mode-locked erbium (Er)-doped fiber laser based on a carbon nanotubes (CNT) saturable absorber (SA). The laser resonator was maximally simplified by using only one passive hybrid component and a pair of fiber connectors with deposited CNTs. The repetition frequency (F{sub rep}) of such a cost-effective and self-starting mode-locked laser was scaled from 54.3 MHz to 358.6 MHz. The highest F{sub rep} was obtained when the total cavity length was shortened to 57 cm. The laser allows ultrashort pulse generation with the duration ranging from 240 fs to 550 fs. Because the laser components were based on PM fibers the laser was immune to the external perturbations and generated laniary polarized light with the degree of polarization (DOP) of 98.7%.

  4. Generation of 10 GHz transform-limited pulse train from dual-pump mode-locking erbium-doped fiber laser

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    He, Li; Yang, Bojun; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Yu, Li

    2006-09-01

    A dual-pump 10 GHz mode-locking erbium-doped fiber laser was demonstrated. With 10-GHz signal modulation of the modulator, less than 12 ps mode-locked pulse at 10 GHz repetition rate with 1.097 mW average output power was obtained. The corresponding spectrum width is 0.277 nm, which is centered at 1561 nm. The corresponding product of time and bandwidth is Δv*Δt which equals 0.433. Gaussian pulse shape is assumed, the output pulse is almost transform limited. Compared with single-pump fiber ring laser, the dual-pump fiber ring laser is helpful for suppression of supermode noise, which make this kind of fiber ring laser more stable.

  5. Effective generation of optical quadruple frequency millimeter-wave based on fiber laser using injection rational harmonic mode-locked technique

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    Wei Zhang; Xue Feng; Fei Huang; Xiaoming Liu

    2009-01-01

    A method to generate the optical quadruple frequency millimeter-wave with high power efficiency is pro-posed and demonstrated based on the combination of the injection 2nd-order rational harmonic mode-locked fiber ring laser technique and the fiber grating notch filter. In this approach, the fiber Bragg grating notch filter is inserted into the laser cavity to prevent the undesired optical carrier, so that the pump power can be converted to 2nd-order harmonic wave more efficiently. In our experiment, the power efficiency of optical quadruple frequency millimeter-wave (40 GHz) generation is ten folds of that of our previous method based only on the rational harmonic mode-locked technique.

  6. Repetition frequency scaling of an all-polarization maintaining erbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser based on carbon nanotubes saturable absorber

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    Sotor, J.; Sobon, G.; Jagiello, J.; Lipinska, L.; Abramski, K. M.

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate an all-polarization maintaining (PM), mode-locked erbium (Er)-doped fiber laser based on a carbon nanotubes (CNT) saturable absorber (SA). The laser resonator was maximally simplified by using only one passive hybrid component and a pair of fiber connectors with deposited CNTs. The repetition frequency (Frep) of such a cost-effective and self-starting mode-locked laser was scaled from 54.3 MHz to 358.6 MHz. The highest Frep was obtained when the total cavity length was shortened to 57 cm. The laser allows ultrashort pulse generation with the duration ranging from 240 fs to 550 fs. Because the laser components were based on PM fibers the laser was immune to the external perturbations and generated laniary polarized light with the degree of polarization (DOP) of 98.7%.

  7. Theoretical Analysis of Dependence of Nonlinear Effects in Mode-Locked Yb:YAG Lasers with a Highly Nonlinear Intra-Cavity Medium

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    Takeshi Yoshida

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Nonlinear ultrashort pulse propagation in a mode-locked Yb:YAG laser with a highly nonlinear intra-cavity medium is analyzed using a nonlinear Schrodinger equation. The output spectra are extended by the increased laser intensity, and spectral bandwidths wider than those of the gain medium are achieved. Moreover, pulse widths are shortened by increased laser intensity to considerably less than those of the gain medium. The simulation results qualitatively agree with the experimental results.

  8. A Passively Mode-Locked Diode-End-Pumped Nd:YAG Laser with a Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror Grown by Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition

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    王勇刚; 马骁宇; 李春勇; 张治国; 张丙元; 张志刚

    2003-01-01

    We report the experimental results of a mode-locked diode-end-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror(SESAM)from which we achieved a 10ps pulse duration at 150MHz repetition rate.The SESAM was grown by metal organic chemical vapour deposition at low temperature.The recovery time was measured to be 0.5 ps,indicating the potential pulse compression to sub-picoseconds.

  9. Switchable Dual-Wavelength Mode-Locked Er-Doped Fibre Laser Using a Bragg Grating in Polarization-Maintaining Fibre

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    FENG Xin-Huan; LIU Yan-Ge; SUN Lei; XIONG Ling-Yun; LI-Yao; YUAN Shu-Zhong; KAI Gui-Yun; DONG Xiao-Yi

    2004-01-01

    @@ A simple actively mode-locked fibre ring laser is proposed and successfully demonstrated to generate switchable dual-wavelength picosecond pulses using a Bragg grating in a polarization-maintaining fibre. The wavelength spacing specified by the grating is only 0.52nm. The proposed laser can be made to operate in stable dualwavelength or switch between wavelengths at room temperature, only by simple adjustment of a polarization controller.

  10. 220 fs Er-Yb:glass laser mode-locked by a broadband low-loss Si/Ge saturable absorber

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    Grawert, F J; Ilday, F O; Liu, J; Gopinath, J T; Shen, H M; Wada, K; Ippen, E P; Kimerling, L C; Kaertner, Franz X

    2004-01-01

    We demonstrate femtosecond performance of an ultra-broadband high-index-contrast saturable Bragg reflector consisting of a silicon/silicon-dioxide/germanium structure that is fully compatible with CMOS processing. This device offers a reflectivity bandwidth of over 700 nm and sub-picosecond recovery time of the saturable loss. It is used to achieve mode-locking of an Er-Yb:glass laser centered at 1540 nm, generating 220 fs pulses, with the broadest output spectrum to date.

  11. Large area growth of monolayer MoS2 film on quartz and its use as a saturable absorber in laser mode-locking

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    Zhao, Wei-fang; Yu, Hua; Liao, Meng-zhou; Zhang, Ling; Zou, Shu-zhen; Yu, Hai-juan; He, Chao-jian; Zhang, Jing-yuan; Zhang, Guang-yu; Lin, Xue-chun

    2017-02-01

    Monolayer MoS2 film on quartz was fabricated by a home-made three-temperature zone chemical vapor deposition method. The photo, AFM image, Raman spectroscopy and HRTEM image showed that high quality as-grown MoS2 film completely covered the whole quartz substrate of a few cm2. A Nd:YVO4 laser with mode-locking operation was obtained by using the monolayer MoS2 on quartz as the saturable absorber (SA). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on large-area growth of high quality monolayer MoS2 film on transparent quartz substrate, and the first time that the CVD MoS2 SA was used in mode-locked solid state lasers. Because of the large area, high transmission, low non-saturable loss and high optical damage threshold of this material, it is very suitable for application in mode-locked solid state lasers.

  12. Design and characterization of integrated photonic devices fabricated using selective-area epitaxy and distributed Bragg reflector surface gratings

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    Lammert, Robert Morand

    Two of the main challenges involved with the fabrication of integrated photonic devices are the control of the in-plane band gap and the formation of integrable high-Q cavities. In-plane bandgap control is required to fabricate emitters, passive waveguides, detectors, and modulators all on a single wafer and all optimized for operation at a particular wavelength. The formation of integrable high-Q cavities is needed to integrate the laser source. Selective-area epitaxy (SAE) is a powerful technique which enables the tailoring of the in-plane band gap energy to fabricate numerous optimized photonic devices on a single wafer. In this dissertation, a three-step SAE process in the InGaAs-GaAs-AlGaAs material system is investigated. This process produced discrete Fabry-Perot lasers with threshold currents as low as 2.65 mA for an uncoated device and 0.97 mA for a coated device. Several integrated photonic devices that utilize the in-plane bandgap control of this SAE process are also investigated. These devices include lasers with nonabsorbing mirrors, dual-channel wavelength division multiplexing sources with integrated coupler, lasers with integrated photodiodes, lasers with integrated intracavity modulators, and lasers with integrated external cavity modulators. The second challenge involved with the fabricating of integrated photonic devices is the formation of integrable high-Q cavities. The optical feedback in most laser diodes is provided by cleaved facets. Unfortunately, cleaved facets are not an option when designing integrated photonic devices. However, optical feedback can be provided in integrated photonic devices using distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs). In this dissertation, ridge-waveguide DBR lasers with first-order surface gratings are investigated. These lasers exhibit low thresholds (6 mA), high slope efficiencies (0.46 W/A), and single-frequency operation with narrow linewidths (DBR grating, a wide wavelength range of 540 A (15.2 THz) is obtained

  13. Stable mode-locked operation of a low repetition rate diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser by combining quadratic polarisation switching and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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    Gerhard, Christoph; Druon, Frédéric; Georges, Patrick; Couderc, Vincent; Leproux, Philippe

    2006-08-07

    In this paper, we present the mode-locked operation of an ultra-robustly stabilised Nd:GdVO(4) laser with low repetition rate by combining quadratic polarisation switching and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). In addition, similar experiment was also done with Nd:YVO(4). For Nd:GdVO(4), 16-ps pulses at 1063 nm with a repetition rate of 3.95 MHz have been obtained for a laser average output power of 1.4 W. For Nd:YVO(4), the performance was 2.5 W of average power for 15-ps pulses at 1064 nm. Moreover, we demonstrate experimentally the advantage of combining these two passive mode locking techniques in terms of stability ranges. We show how the dual mode-locking technique is crucial to obtain a stable and long-term mode-locked regime in our case of a diode-pumped Nd:GdVO(4) laser operating at low repetition rate and more generally how this dual mode-locking technique improves the stability range of the mode-locked operation giving more flexibility on different parameters.

  14. Active mode locking at 50 GHz repetition frequency by half-frequency modulation of monolithic semiconductor lasers integrated with electroabsorption modulators

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    Sato, Kenji; Kotaka, Isamu; Kondo, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Mitsuo

    1996-10-01

    Active mode locking achieved at a 50 GHz repetition frequency by modulation at half (25 GHz) the cavity resonance frequency using a monolithic mode-locked InGaAsP laser integrated with an electroabsorption modulator is described. A pulse width of around 3 ps and a high suppression ratio of more than 33 dB of the intensity modulation at the driving frequency are obtained.

  15. Integrated optoelectronic devices by selective-area epitaxy

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    Jones, A. M.; Coleman, James J.

    1997-01-01

    The development of a simulation model for selective-area epitaxy and the fabrication of semiconductor lasers monolithically integrated with electroabsorption modulators by this technique are presented. Diffusion equations and boundary conditions from selective-area MOCVD theory are applied in a computational model to predict column III reactant concentrations, and self-consistent solutions for reaction parameters are found using the finite element method. Data are presented to demonstrate accurate predictions of the thickness and composition of selectively grown ternary InGaAs quantum wells. This model was utilized to design the selective growth mask for Fabry-Perot lasers integrated with intracavity electroabsorption modulators. These devices, with modulator lengths of 290, 620, and 1020 micrometer, exhibit cw threshold currents of 9, 7.5, and 7.5 mA, respectively. Also, extinction ratios of 16.5, 19.5, and 20.5 dB, respectively, are measured at a modulator reverse bias of 2 V. Distributed Bragg reflector lasers with monolithically integrated external cavity modulators are also fabricated, and the selective-area MOCVD simulation was employed to design the growth mask dimensions and the location of the gratings. Cw threshold currents of 10.5 mA, slope efficiencies of 0.21 W/A, and extinction ratios of 18 dB at a modulator reverse bias of 1.0 V are achieved for these devices.

  16. Integrated Photonic Comb Generation: Applications in Coherent Communication and Sensing

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    Parker, John S.

    Integrated photonics combines many optical components including lasers, modulators, waveguides, and detectors in close proximity via homogeneous (monolithic) or heterogeneous (using multiple materials) integration. This improves stability for interferometers and lasers, reduces the occurrence of unwanted reflections, and it avoids coupling losses between different components as they are on the same chip. Thus, less power is needed to compensate for these added losses, and less heat needs to be removed due to these power savings. In addition, integration allows the many components that comprise a system to be fabricated together, thereby reducing the cost per system and allowing rapid scaling in production throughput. Integrated optical combs have many applications including: metrology, THz frequency generation, arbitrary waveform generation, optical clocks, photonic analog-to-digital converters, sensing (imaging), spectroscopy, and data communication. A comb is a set of optical sources evenly spaced in frequency. Several methods of comb generation including mode-locking and optical parametric oscillation produce phase-matched optical outputs with a fixed phase relationship between the frequency lines. When the absolute frequency of a single comb line is stabilized along with the frequency spacing between comb lines, absolute phase and frequency precision can be achieved over the entire comb bandwidth. This functionality provides tremendous benefits to many applications such as coherent communication and optical sensing. The goals for this work were achieving a broad comb bandwidth and noise reduction, i.e., frequency and phase stability. Integrated mode-locked lasers on the InGaAsP/InP material platform were chosen, as they could be monolithically integrated with the wide range of highly functional and versatile photonic integrated circuits (PICs) previously demonstrated on this platform at UCSB. Gain flattening filters were implemented to increase the comb

  17. Theory modeling and experimental research of external-cavity frequency doubling technology of short pulse laser

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    Duan, Cun-li; Zhang, Su-juan; He, Jiang-long

    2011-06-01

    Q-switched Short pulse laser has been widely applied in many fields, such as optical ranging, remote sensing, communications, nonlinear optics and spectroscopy etc. Q-switched Nd3+: YAG laser, with its high thermal conductivity and resistance to damage threshold, longer energy levels were generally used especially. Second harmonics generation was usually obtained through optical nonlinear effects in crystal. To the frequency doubling technology, poor conversion efficiency and multi-output frequency are the main problems. Researchers focus more on phase and group velocity matching induced by nonlinear effects, but pays less attention on theoretical modeling and numerical calculation of factors affecting frequency doubling of pulsed laser. In this article, nonlinear effects of double frequency crystals in Q-switched Nd3+: YAG laser was first analyzed in theory, then we deduced the relation expressions between factors affecting the efficiency of frequency doubling( thickness of frequency doubling crystal, cross section area of incident beam, power of the fundamental field, phase matching of incidence light)and double frequency efficiency. Secondly, taken KTP Crystal for example; numerical results and theirs' corresponding curves on these relation expressions was calculated and drawn with MATLAB software. These findings can be used for processing the specific requests of frequency doubling crystal. Finally, Theory modeling and numerical calculation were tested in experiment. The experiment results are in good agreement with those obtained in theory.

  18. Wavelength beam combining of a 980-nm tapered diode laser bar in an external cavity

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    Vijayakumar, Deepak; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Thestrup Nielsen, Birgitte

    2010-01-01

    High power diode lasers are used in a large number of applications. A limiting factor for more widespread use of broad area lasers is the poor beam quality. Gain guided tapered diode lasers are ideal candidates for industrial applications that demands watt level output power with good beam quality...

  19. Threshold for strong thermal dephasing in periodically poled KTP in external cavity frequency doubling

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    Lundeman, Jesper Holm; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Andersen, Peter E.;

    2009-01-01

    We present a measurement series of the efficiency of periodically poled KTP used for second-harmonic generation in an external phase-locked cavity. Due to the high absorption (0.01 cm^−1) in the PPKTP crystal at the pump wavelength a strong thermal dephasing of the periodically poled grating...... is observed for high pump powers. For four different resonator setups, it was experimentally found that a threshold parameter could be defined as the ratio between the focal intensity in the crystal and the single-pass conversion efficiency. The value of this threshold for the onset of strong thermal...... dephasing was found to be 1.41×10^10 W^2 m^-2 in our 30-mm long PPKTP sample. This threshold parameter marks the onset of thermally induced instability that leads to a degradation of the SHG conversion efficiency. Above the threshold the shape of the resonance peaks of the resonator changed from symmetrical...

  20. Semiconductor Laser with a Self-Pumped Phase Conjugate External Cavity

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    1992-10-01

    person or corporation; or as conveying any rights or permission to manufacture, use, or sell any patented invention that may in any way be related...relationship is Aw = - = acoswr-- ar2rs + sin wT\\ A1 -- 2r2r3 osr + r 212 where x= Dr, , (3.25) r2 I’d Sacoswr - ar 2 r 3 - sinwr (3.26) \\1-2r 2 r 3 costo

  1. Packaged, High-Power, Narrow-Linewidth Slab-Coupled Optical Waveguide External Cavity Laser (SCOWECL)

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    2010-12-01

    efficiency. With the 20% reflecli vity FBG, the laser ex hibi ts a threshold of 0.9 A and reaches a CW peak power of 0.37 W aI 4 A. The peak effic ...twice the photon energy . The SCOWECL is expected to find applications in free space coherent optical communications and in microwave photollic...Dai , " High effic ient and narrow linewidlh fiber laser based on fiber grat ing Fabry- Perot cavity," Frolltiers of Oploeieclrollics il/ Chinll, vol

  2. Recent Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) Developments for Sensor Applications (POSTPRINT)

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    2013-02-01

    and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications III, SPIE, ed., Proc. SPIE 8031(1), p. 803126, SPIE, 2011. [7] S. Masui, Y. Matsuyama, T...Tuning and brightness optimization of high-performance GaSb-based semiconductor disk lasers from 1.86 to 2.80 μm,” CLEO Europe 09, p. 1, june 2009

  3. The influence of an external cavity on the emission spectrum of a mercury germicidal lamp

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    Solomonov, V. I.; Surkov, Yu. S.; Gorbunkov, V. I.

    2016-09-01

    The spectrum of emission from the cylindrical duralumin cavity of a TUV 8wG8 T5 UV industrial germicidal mercury lamp is studied. It is shown that, due to reflection from the inner surface of the cavity and reabsorption in the gas discharge, the resonance line of a mercury atom is significantly weakened. The dependence of the resonance line intensity on the discharge current has a maximum, and the discharge current corresponding to the intensity maximum depends on the reflection coefficient of the inner surface of the cavity.

  4. Mechanically exfoliated black phosphorus as a new saturable absorber for both Q-switching and Mode-locking laser operation.

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    Chen, Yu; Jiang, Guobao; Chen, Shuqing; Guo, Zhinan; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhao, Chujun; Zhang, Han; Bao, Qiaoliang; Wen, Shuangchun; Tang, Dingyuan; Fan, Dianyuan

    2015-05-18

    Black phosphorus (BP), an emerging narrow direct band-gap two-dimensional (2D) layered material that can fill the gap between the semi-metallic graphene and the wide-bandgap transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), had been experimentally found to exhibit the saturation of optical absorption if under strong light illumination. By taking advantage of this saturable absorption property, we could fabricate a new type of optical saturable absorber (SA) based on mechanically exfoliated BPs, and further demonstrate the applications for ultra-fast laser photonics. Based on the balanced synchronous twin-detector measurement method, we have characterized the saturable absorption property of the fabricated BP-SAs at the telecommunication band. By incorporating the BP-based SAs device into the all-fiber Erbium-doped fiber laser cavities, we are able to obtain either the passive Q-switching (with maximum pulse energy of 94.3 nJ) or the passive mode-locking operation (with pulse duration down to 946 fs). Our results show that BP could also be developed as an effective SA for pulsed fiber or solid-state lasers.

  5. Green Output of 1.5 W from a Diode-Pumped Intracavity Frequency-Doubled Self-Q-Switched and Mode-Locked Cr,Nd:YAG Laser

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    DU Shi-Feng; WANG Su-Mei; ZHANG Dong-Xiang; LI De-Hua; ZHANG Zhi-Guo; FENG Bao-Hua; ZHANG Shi-Wen

    2007-01-01

    We report a diode-pumped intracavity frequency-doubled self-Q-switched and mode-locked Cr,Nd:YAG/KTP green laser with a Z-type cavity, which produces 1.5 W of average power at 532 nm with incident pump power 14.2 W. The individual mode-locked green pulse duration is about 560ps with 149MHz repetition rate. Almost 100% modulation depth of the mode-locked green pulses is achieved at an incident pump power of 4.13 W. The maximum energy of Q-switched green pulse is 19.8 fiJ. The experimental results of pulse duration and pulse energy of Q-switched green pulse agree well with the theoretical calculations.

  6. Laser sources for polarized electron beams in cw and pulsed accelerators

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    Hatziefremidis, A; Fraser, D; Avramopoulos, H

    1999-01-01

    We report the characterization of a high power, high repetition rate, mode-locked laser system to be used in continuous wave and pulsed electron accelerators for the generation of polarized electron beams. The system comprises of an external cavity diode laser and a harmonically mode-locked Ti:Sapphire oscillator and it can provide up to 3.4 W average power, with a corresponding pulse energy exceeding 1 nJ at 2856 MHz repetition rate. The system is tunable between 770-785 and 815-835 nm with two sets of diodes for the external cavity diode laser. (author)

  7. All-fiber dual-wavelength Q-switched and mode-locked EDFL by SMF-THDF-SMF structure as a saturable absorber

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    Latiff, A. A.; Kadir, N. A.; Ismail, E. I.; Shamsuddin, H.; Ahmad, H.; Harun, S. W.

    2017-04-01

    We demonstrate all-fiber dual-wavelength Q-switched and mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) by utilizing the thulium-holmium-doped fiber (THDF) as a fiber saturable absorber (SA) and also a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) element. The 19 cm long THDF has a core diameter of 11.5 μm, refractive index difference of 0.005, and cutoff wavelength of 1810 nm. Stable dual-wavelength Q-switching operation was generated at 1555.14 nm and 1557.64 nm with free spectral range (FSR) of 2.5 nm. The repetition rate of 14.45-78.49 kHz was obtained between 12 and 100 mW pump power. At maximum pump power, the maximum output power and pulse energy were 2.58 mW and 32.87 nJ, respectively. By adding 195 cm long SMF in the same cavity, the stable dual-wavelength mode-locking operation was started at 166 mW and continue stable to 201 mW pump power. This mode-locking operation produced stable dual-wavelength pulses at 1530.34 nm and 1532.84 nm with a repetition rate of 1 MHz with a pulse duration of 128 ns and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 62 dB. It shares the same value of FSR in Q-switching operation. The highest output power of 1.57 nJ corresponds to the maximum output power of 1.57 mW was obtained. Our results validate the linear absorption characteristic at C-band region and multimode fiber effect of THDF can be utilized as SA to generate stable all-fiber dual-wavelength pulsed lasers. Remarkably, these findings expand a fiber gain medium application in short pulse generation.

  8. Self-Starting Passively Mode-Locking All-Solid-State Laser with GaAs Absorber Grown at Low Temperature

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    JIA Yu-Lei; LING Wei-Jun; WEI Zhi-Yi; WANG Yong-Gang; MA Xiao-Yu

    2005-01-01

    @@ We realize a stable self-starting passively mode-locking all-solid-state laser by using novel GaAs mirrors as the absorber and output coupler. The GaAs mirror is grown by the technology of metal organic chemical vapour deposition at low temperature. With such an absorber as the output coupler in the laser resonator, laser pulses with duration of 42ps were generated at a repetition rate of 400MHz, corresponding to the average power of 590mW.

  9. Diode-pumped, Cr:YAG passively Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:YVO4/KTP green laser

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    Junying Wang(王军营); Quan Zheng(郑权); Qinghua Xue(薛庆华); Huiming Tan(檀慧明)

    2003-01-01

    The phenomena of simultaneous Q-switching and mode-locking in a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4/Cr:YAG/KTP green laser are reported and discussed in this paper. With 5.3-W pump power, by using a nearlyhemispherical cavity (the cavity length is only 97 mm), the results of modulation depth of 70% and theperiod of 0.6 ns are obtained, the output power and the repetitive frequency of Q-switched pulse are 90mW and 12 kHz, respectively.

  10. Picosecond pulses of variable duration from a high-power passively mode-locked Nd:YVO(4) laser free of spatial hole burning.

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    Nadeau, Marie-Christine; Petit, Stéphane; Balcou, Philippe; Czarny, Romain; Montant, Sébastien; Simon-Boisson, Christophe

    2010-05-15

    We report on a high-power passively mode-locked TEM(00)Nd:YVO(4) oscillator, 888 nm diode-pumped, with pulse durations adjustable between 46 ps and 12 ps. The duration tunability was obtained by varying the output coupler (OC) transmission while avoiding resorting to spatial hole burning (SHB) for pulse shortening. At a repetition rate of 91 MHz and for an output power ranging from 15 Wto45 W, we produced SHB-free 12-ps-to32-ps-long pulses. Within this range of power, these are the shortest pulse durations obtained directly from Nd:YVO(4) oscillators.

  11. Efficiency of non-linear frequency conversion of double-scale pico-femtosecond pulses of passively mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Smirnov, Sergey V; Kobtsev, Sergey M; Kukarin, Sergey V

    2014-01-13

    For the first time we report the results of both numerical simulation and experimental observation of second-harmonic generation as an example of non-linear frequency conversion of pulses generated by passively mode-locked fiber master oscillator in different regimes including conventional (stable) and double-scale (partially coherent and noise-like) ones. We show that non-linear frequency conversion efficiency of double-scale pulses is slightly higher than that of conventional picosecond laser pulses with the same energy and duration despite strong phase fluctuations of double-scale pulses.

  12. Fabrication of 16 W all-normal-dispersion mode-locked Yb-doped rod-type fiber laser with large-mode area

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    吕国; 滕浩; 王立娜; 王睿; 王军利; 魏志义

    2015-01-01

    A mode-locked ytterbium-doped rod-type fiber laser with 85 µm core diameter is developed based on the nonlinear polarization evolution in an all-normal-dispersion ring cavity, in which a uniaxial birefringent plate is used as the spectral filter. Average power up to 16 W is obtained at the repetition rate of 58 MHz, and the pulse duration is compressed to 182 fs with a grating-pair compressor. The output laser pulses show very good beam quality and power stability.

  13. High power dissipative soliton in an Erbium-doped fiber laser mode-locked with a high modulation depth saturable absorber mirror.

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    Cabasse, A; Martel, G; Oudar, J L

    2009-06-08

    We report on a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser, using a high nonlinear modulation depth saturable absorber mirror, in a Fabry-Perot cavity. A segment of dispersion compensation fiber is added inside the cavity in order to build a high-positive dispersion regime. The setup produced highly chirped pulses with an energy of 1.8 nJ at a repetition rate of 33.5 MHz. Numerical simulations accurately reflect our experimental results and show that pulse-shaping in this laser could be interpreted as producing 'dissipative solitons'.

  14. Mode-locked femtosecond all polarization-maintaining erbium-doped dispersion managed fiber laser based on a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror

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    Wu, Wenjue; Zhou, Yue; Sun, Ji; Dai, Yitang; Yin, Feifei; Dai, Jian; Xu, Kun

    2016-11-01

    We proposed a mode-locked all-polarization-maintaining erbium-doped fiber laser base on a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM). The laser can generate 1.6 ps pulses at 1550 nm with the energy of 1 nJ that can be compressed down to 100 fs with the compressor outside the cavity. The repetition rate of the output pulse is 12MHz. Such configuration of laser is easier controlled and self starting long term operation, and is highly desirable for industrial applications, such as micro-machining.

  15. Clock recovery from NRZ data at 10 Gb/s using SOA loop mirror and mode-locked fiber ring laser based on SOA

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    Lina Yin; Guoming Liu; Jian Wu; Jintong Lin

    2006-01-01

    @@ All-optical clock recovery from non-return-to-zero (NRZ) data using an semiconductor optical amplifier(SOA) loop mirror and a mode-locked SOA fiber laser is firstly schematically explained and experimentally demonstrated at 10 Gb/s. Furthermore, the pulse quality of the recovered clock is effectively improved by using a continuous-wave (CW) assist light in the gain region of SOA, through which the amplitude modulation is reduced from 57.2% to 8.47%. This scheme is a promising method for clock recovery from NRZ data in the future all-optical communication networks.

  16. Temperature dependence of hole spin coherence in (In,Ga)As quantum dots measured by mode-locking and echo techniques

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    Varwig, S.; René, A.; Greilich, A.; Yakovlev, D. R.; Reuter, D; Wieck, A.D.; Bayer, M.

    2013-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the coherence time of hole spins confined in self-assembled (In,Ga)As/GaAs quantum dots is studied by spin mode-locking and spin echo techniques. Coherence times limited to about a \\mu s are measured for temperatures below 8 K. For higher temperatures a fast drop occurs down to a few ns over a 10 K range. The hole-nuclear hyperfine interaction appears too weak to account for these limitations. We suggest that spin-orbit related interactions are the decisive sourc...

  17. Supercontinuum generation based on all-normal-dispersion Yb-doped fiber laser mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation: Influence of seed's output port

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    Xiao, Xiaosheng; Hua, Yi

    2016-10-01

    All-normal-dispersion (ANDi) mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser is a promising seed source for supercontinuum (SC) generation, due to its compact structure and broadband output. The influences of output ports of the ANDi laser mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR), on the generated SC are investigated. Two output ports of ANDi laser are considered, one of which is the conventional nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) port and the other is extracted from a coupler after the NPR port. It is found that, the SC originated from the coupler port is much broader than that from the NPR port, which is validated by lots of experiments with different output parameters. Furthermore, the conclusion is verified and generalized to general ANDi lasers by numerical simulations, because the output pulse from coupler port could be cleaner than that from NPR port. Besides, there are no significant differences in the phase coherence and temporal stability between the SCs generated from both ports. Hence for the SC generation based on ANDi laser, it is preferred to use the pulse of coupler port (i.e. pulse after NPR port) serving as the seed source.

  18. Passively synchronized Q-switched and mode-locked dual-band Tm3+:ZBLAN fiber lasers using a common graphene saturable absorber

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    Jia, Chenglai; Shastri, Bhavin J.; Abdukerim, Nurmemet; Rochette, Martin; Prucnal, Paul R.; Saad, Mohammed; Chen, Lawrence R.

    2016-11-01

    Dual-band fiber lasers are emerging as a promising technology to penetrate new industrial and medical applications from their dual-band properties, in addition to providing compactness and environmental robustness from the waveguide structure. Here, we demonstrate the use of a common graphene saturable absorber and a single gain medium (Tm3+:ZBLAN fiber) to implement (1) a dual-band fiber ring laser with synchronized Q-switched pulses at wavelengths of 1480 nm and 1840 nm, and (2) a dual-band fiber linear laser with synchronized mode-locked pulses at wavelengths of 1480 nm and 1845 nm. Q-switched operation at 1480 nm and 1840 nm is achieved with a synchronized repetition rate from 20 kHz to 40.5 kHz. For synchronous mode-locked operation, pulses with full-width at half maximum durations of 610 fs and 1.68 ps at wavelengths of 1480 nm and 1845 nm, respectively, are obtained at a repetition rate of 12.3 MHz. These dual-band pulsed sources with an ultra-broadband wavelength separation of ~360 nm will add new capabilities in applications including optical sensing, spectroscopy, and communications.

  19. High-order rational harmonic mode-locking and pulse-amplitude equalization of SOAFL via reshaped gain-switching FPLD pulse injection.

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    Lin, Gong-Ru; Kang, Jung-Jui; Lee, Chao-Kuei

    2010-04-26

    The 40-GHz rational harmonic mode-locking (RHML) and pulse-amplitude equalization of a semiconductor optical amplifier based fiber-ring laser (SOAFL) is demonstrated by the injection of a reshaped 10-GHz gain-switching FPLD pulse. A nonlinearly biased Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) is employed to detune the shape of the double-peak pulse before injecting the SOA, such that a pulse-amplitude equalized 4th-order RHML-SOAFL can be achieved by reshaping the SOA gain within one modulation period. An optical injection mode-locking model is constructed to simulate the compensation of uneven amplitudes between adjacent RHML pulse peaks before and after pulse-amplitude equalization. The indirect gain compensation technique greatly suppresses the clock amplitude jitter from 45% to 3.5% when achieving 4th-order RHML, and the amplitude fluctuation of sub-rational harmonic modulating envelope is attenuated by 45 dB. After pulse-amplitude equalization, the pulsewidth of the optical-injection RHML-SOAFL is 8 ps, which still obeys the trend predicted by the inverse square root of repetition rate. The phase noise contributed by the residual ASE noise of the RHML-SOAFL is significantly decreased from -84 to -90 dBc/Hz after initiating the pulse-amplitude equalization, corresponding to the timing jitter reduction from 0.5 to 0.28 ps.

  20. Dissolution-and-reduction CVD synthesis of few-layer graphene on ultra-thin nickel film lifted off for mode-locking fiber lasers

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    Peng, Kaung-Jay; Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Wu, Chung-Lun; Lin, Sheng-Fong; Yang, Chun-Yu; Lin, Shih-Meng; Tsai, Din-Ping; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2015-01-01

    The in-situ dissolution-and-reduction CVD synthesized few-layer graphene on ultra-thin nickel catalyst film is demonstrated at temperature as low as 550 °C, which can be employed to form transmission-type or reflection-type saturable absorber (SA) for mode-locking the erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFLs). With transmission-type graphene SA, the EDFL shortens its pulsewidth from 483 to 441 fs and broadens its spectral linewidth from 4.2 to 6.1 nm with enlarging the pumping current from 200 to 900 mA. In contrast, the reflection-type SA only compresses the pulsewidth from 875 to 796 fs with corresponding spectral linewidth broadened from 2.2 to 3.3 nm. The reflection-type graphene mode-locker increases twice of its equivalent layer number to cause more insertion loss than the transmission-type one. Nevertheless, the reflection-type based saturable absorber system can generate stabilized soliton-like pulse easier than that of transmission-type system, because the nonlinearity induced self-amplitude modulation depth is simultaneously enlarged when passing through the graphene twice under the retro-reflector design. PMID:26328535