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Sample records for all-fiber passively mode-locked

  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. All-fiber passively mode-locked femtosecond laser using a 45º-tilted fiber grating polarization element.

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    Mou, Chengbo; Wang, Hua; Bale, Brandon G; Zhou, Kaiming; Zhang, Lin; Bennion, Ian

    2010-08-30

    We report on the demonstration of an all-fiber femtosecond erbium doped fiber laser passively mode-locked using a 45º tilted fiber grating as an in-fiber polarizer in the laser cavity. The laser generates 600 fs pulses with output pulse energies ~1 nJ. Since the 45° tilted grating has a broad polarization response, the laser output has shown a tunabilty in wavelength from 1548 nm to 1562 nm by simply adjusting the polarization controllers in the cavity.

  3. All-fiber passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber ring oscillator operated at solitary and noiselike modes.

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    Wang, Q; Chen, T; Zhang, B; Heberle, A P; Chen, K P

    2011-10-01

    This Letter presents an all-fiber mode-locked thulium-doped fiber ring oscillator based on nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE). Pumped by an erbium-doped fiber amplified spontaneous emission source, the construction of the laser cavity consisting of only fiber optic components can operate under two different regimes of solitary and noiselike (NL) pulses. Autocorrelation measurements are performed to extract features of these two regimes.

  4. All-fiber passively mode-locked Tm-doped NOLM-based oscillator operating at 2-μm in both soliton and noisy-pulse regimes.

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    Li, Jianfeng; Zhang, Zuxing; Sun, Zhongyuan; Luo, Hongyu; Liu, Yong; Yan, Zhijun; Mou, Chengbo; Zhang, Lin; Turitsyn, Sergei K

    2014-04-07

    A self-starting all-fiber passively mode-locked Tm(3+)-doped fiber laser based on nonlinear loop mirror (NOLM) is demonstrated. Stable soliton pulses centered at 2017.33 nm with 1.56 nm FWHM were produced at a repetition rate of 1.514 MHz with pulse duration of 2.8 ps and pulse energy of 83.8 pJ. As increased pump power, the oscillator can also operate at noise-like (NL) regime. Stable NL pulses with coherence spike width of 341 fs and pulse energy of up to 249.32 nJ was achieved at a center wavelength of 2017.24 nm with 21.33 nm FWHM. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first 2 µm region NOLM-based mode-locked fiber laser operating at two regimes with the highest single pulse energy for NL pulses.

  5. Cavity-length optimization for high energy pulse generation in a long cavity passively mode-locked all-fiber ring laser.

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    Li, Nanxi; Xue, Jin; Ouyang, Chunmei; Wu, Kan; Wong, Jia Haur; Aditya, Sheel; Shum, Perry Ping

    2012-06-10

    In order to achieve higher pulse energy in a passively mode-locked fiber ring laser, a long cavity length is commonly implemented. However, a long cavity operating in the anomalous dispersion regime also leads to pulse broadening, which reduces the average pulse power. In this paper, the trade-off between cavity length and average pulse power is investigated with the aim of optimizing the cavity length to achieve maximum pulse energy. Numerical simulation results, presented here, indicate that there exists an optimum cavity length for which the pulse energy is maximum and the optimum length shifts as the pump power changes. The simulation results for a pump power of 500 mW are verified by measurements carried out on a long cavity nonlinear polarization rotation mode-locked all-fiber ring laser operating in the anomalous dispersion regime. With a repetition rate of 266 kHz for the dissipative solitons, we achieve a pulse energy of 139.1 nJ for a cavity length of 700 m. Higher pulse energy can be expected by using a pump laser diode with higher pump power.

  6. 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.

  7. All-fiber normal-dispersion single-polarization passively mode-locked laser based on a 45°-tilted fiber grating.

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    Liu, Xianglian; Wang, Hushan; Yan, Zhijun; Wang, Yishan; Zhao, Wei; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Lin; Yang, Zhi; Hu, Xiaohong; Li, Xiaohui; Shen, Deyuan; Li, Cheng; Chen, Guangde

    2012-08-13

    An all-fiber normal-dispersion Yb-doped fiber laser with 45°-tilted fiber grating (TFG) is, to the best of our knowledge, experimentally demonstrated for the first time. Stable linearly-chirped pulses with the duration of 4 ps and the bandwidth of 9 nm can be directly generated from the laser cavity. By employing the 45° TFG with the polarization-dependent loss of 33 dB, output pulses with high polarization extinction ratio of 26 dB are implemented in the experiment. Our result shows that the 45° TFG can work effectively as a polarizer, which could be exploited to single-polarization all-fiber lasers.

  8. 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.

  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

    2016-06-06

    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. 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.

  11. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27263655

  12. Thulium-doped all-fiber mode-locked laser synchronously pumping by a fiber laser

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    Li, Gen; Hu, Yangyang; Yan, Ke; Zhang, Chun; Zhang, Junyi; Gu, Chun; Xu, Lixin

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate a thulium-doped all fiber actively mode-locked laser by synchronously pumping without electronic modulator. A mode-locked fiber laser operating at 1550 nm based on nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) is innovatively utilized as the pulsed pump. Through cavity length matching, stable mode-locking that operate at 1891.25 nm is achieved with a spectral width of 0.52 nm at 3 dB. The repetition rate is 11.59 MHz with an estimated pulse duration less than 125 ps.

  13. Doubly active Q switching and mode locking of an all-fiber laser.

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    Cuadrado-Laborde, Christian; Díez, Antonio; Cruz, Jose L; Andrés, Miguel V

    2009-09-15

    Simultaneous and independent active Q switching and active mode locking of an erbium-doped fiber laser is demonstrated using all-fiber modulation techniques. A magnetostrictive rod attached to the output fiber Bragg grating modulates the Q factor of the Fabry-Perot cavity, whereas active mode locking is achieved by amplitude modulation with a Bragg-grating-based acousto-optic device. Fully modulated Q-switched mode-locked trains of optical pulses were obtained for a wide range of pump powers and repetition rates. For a Q-switched repetition rate of 500 Hz and a pump power of 100 mW, the laser generates trains of 12-14 mode-locked pulses of about 1 ns each, within an envelope of 550 ns, an overall energy of 0.65 microJ, and a peak power higher than 250 W for the central pulses of the train.

  14. All-fiber nonlinearity- and dispersion-managed dissipative soliton nanotube mode-locked laser

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    Zhang, Z.; Popa, D. Wittwer, V. J.; Milana, S.; Hasan, T.; Jiang, Z.; Ferrari, A. C.; Ilday, F. Ö.

    2015-12-14

    We report dissipative soliton generation from an Yb-doped all-fiber nonlinearity- and dispersion-managed nanotube mode-locked laser. A simple all-fiber ring cavity exploits a photonic crystal fiber for both nonlinearity enhancement and dispersion compensation. The laser generates stable dissipative solitons with large linear chirp in the net normal dispersion regime. Pulses that are 8.7 ps long are externally compressed to 118 fs, outperforming current nanotube-based Yb-doped fiber laser designs.

  15. All-fiber nonlinearity- and dispersion-managed dissipative soliton nanotube mode-locked laser

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    Zhang, Z.; Popa, D.; Wittwer, V. J.; Milana, S.; Hasan, T.; Jiang, Z.; Ferrari, A. C.; Ilday, F. Ö.

    2015-12-01

    We report dissipative soliton generation from an Yb-doped all-fiber nonlinearity- and dispersion-managed nanotube mode-locked laser. A simple all-fiber ring cavity exploits a photonic crystal fiber for both nonlinearity enhancement and dispersion compensation. The laser generates stable dissipative solitons with large linear chirp in the net normal dispersion regime. Pulses that are 8.7 ps long are externally compressed to 118 fs, outperforming current nanotube-based Yb-doped fiber laser designs.

  16. Critical behavior of a passively mode-locked laser: rational harmonic mode locking.

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    Zhan, Li; Gu, Zhaochang; Zhang, Jianwen; Xia, Yuxing

    2007-08-15

    The critical behavior of passive mode locking has been demonstrated in a figure-eight fiber laser that performs rational harmonic mode locking (RHML). On both the repetition rate and the pulse amplitude distribution, the observed pulse trains near the threshold exhibit the same regulations as the rational harmonic mode-locked ones. The theory also shows that there should be a middle status of RHML before achieving normal mode locking. It is important to note that the results provide what we believe to be the first confirmed attempt to address a fundamental question: how does a laser become mode locking with an increase of pump power?

  17. All-fiber mode-locked nanosecond laser employing intracavity chirped fiber gratings.

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    Wang, Hushan; Wang, Yishan; Zhao, Wei; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Ting; Hu, Xiaohong; Yang, Zhi; Liu, Hongjun; Duan, Kailiang; Liu, Xuemin; Li, Cheng; Shen, Deyuan; Sui, Zhan; Liu, Bin

    2010-03-29

    We demonstrate that nanosecond pulses are generated directly from an all-fiber mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser. A pair of Chirped Fiber Gratings (CFGs) with different sign of dispersion is employed for intracavity dispersion management. Self-starting stabilized mode-locking operation is achieved by nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE). The 1.27 ns pulses are obtained after one CFG with large positive dispersion. The pulse energy is up to 15 nJ at a repetition rate of 3.48 MHz.

  18. 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.

  19. 1000-1400-nm partially mode-locked pulse from a simple all-fiber cavity.

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    Wei, Xiaoming; Xu, Yiqing; Wong, Kenneth K Y

    2015-07-01

    We demonstrate a partially mode-locked pulse laser delivering ultra-wideband optical spectrum, i.e., 1000-1400 nm at 30 dB, from a simple all-fiber short cavity with all-normal dispersion. Examined by both real-time temporal and spectral analyzers, the partially mode-locked pulse exhibits double-scale noise-like characteristics-the fast L-shaped mode-locked pulse modulated by slow free-running Q-switched envelopes. Moreover, the statistical analysis as a function of its optical bandwidth shows that the spectral tuning does not compromise the temporal stability, but affects the pulsing periodicity. It is believed that the wide spectrum of knowledge obtained here would enrich the field of noise-like pulse, such as being beneficial to the rogue wave generation.

  20. All-fiber mode-locked laser based on microfiber polarizer.

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    Zhang, Zhishen; Gan, Jiulin; Yang, Tong; Wu, Yuqing; Li, Qingyu; Xu, Shanhui; Yang, Zhongmin

    2015-03-01

    A novel all-fiber mode-locked fiber laser based on microfiber polarizer is proposed and demonstrated. The microfiber polarizer is composed of two pieces of microfibers that are finely manipulated to be partly overlapped. Because of the asymmetric cross section, the microfiber polarizer shows a strong birefringence that ultimately induces a high polarization-selective feature. Compared with other polarizers, the microfiber polarizer owns the merits of simpler fabrication, lower cost, broader band, and more compact size. The polarization extinction ratio of the microfiber polarizer is 26 dB, and the stable pulse sequence with the duration of 2.9 ps is generated from this microfiber polarizer based all-fiber mode-locked laser.

  1. Simultaneous picosecond and femtosecond solitons delivered from a nanotube-mode-locked all-fiber laser.

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    Han, D D; Liu, X M; Cui, Y D; Wang, G X; Zeng, C; Yun, L

    2014-03-15

    We propose a compact nanotube-mode-locked all-fiber laser that can simultaneously generate picosecond and femtosecond solitons at different wavelengths. The pulse durations of picosecond and femtosecond solitons are measured to be ∼10.6  ps and ∼466  fs, respectively. Numerical results agree well with the experimental observations and clearly reveal that the dynamic evolutions of the picosecond and femtosecond solitons are qualitatively distinct in the intracavity. Our study presents a simple, stable, low-cost, and dual-scale ultrafast-pulsed laser source suitable for practical applications in optical communications.

  2. 152 fs nanotube-mode-locked thulium-doped all-fiber laser

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    Wang, Jinzhang; Liang, Xiaoyan; Hu, Guohua; Zheng, Zhijian; Lin, Shenghua; Ouyang, Deqin; Wu, Xu; Yan, Peiguang; Ruan, Shuangchen; Sun, Zhipei; Hasan, Tawfique

    2016-07-01

    Ultrafast fiber lasers with broad bandwidth and short pulse duration have a variety of applications, such as ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy and supercontinuum generation. We report a simple and compact all-fiber thulium-doped femtosecond laser mode-locked by carbon nanotubes. The oscillator operates in slightly normal cavity dispersion at 0.055 ps2, and delivers 152 fs pulses with 52.8 nm bandwidth and 0.19 nJ pulse energy. This is the shortest pulse duration and the widest spectral width demonstrated from Tm-doped all-fiber lasers based on 1 or 2 dimensional nanomaterials, underscoring their growing potential as versatile saturable absorber materials.

  3. 152 fs nanotube-mode-locked thulium-doped all-fiber laser

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    Wang, Jinzhang; Liang, Xiaoyan; Hu, Guohua; Zheng, Zhijian; Lin, Shenghua; Ouyang, Deqin; Wu, Xu; Yan, Peiguang; Ruan, Shuangchen; Sun, Zhipei; Hasan, Tawfique

    2016-01-01

    Ultrafast fiber lasers with broad bandwidth and short pulse duration have a variety of applications, such as ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy and supercontinuum generation. We report a simple and compact all-fiber thulium-doped femtosecond laser mode-locked by carbon nanotubes. The oscillator operates in slightly normal cavity dispersion at 0.055 ps2, and delivers 152 fs pulses with 52.8 nm bandwidth and 0.19 nJ pulse energy. This is the shortest pulse duration and the widest spectral width demonstrated from Tm-doped all-fiber lasers based on 1 or 2 dimensional nanomaterials, underscoring their growing potential as versatile saturable absorber materials. PMID:27374764

  4. All-fiber thulium/holmium-doped mode-locked laser by tungsten disulfide saturable absorber

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    Yu, Hao; Zheng, Xin; Yin, Ke; Cheng, Xiang'ai; Jiang, Tian

    2017-01-01

    A passively mode-locked thulium/holmium-doped fiber laser (THDFL) based on tungsten disulfide (WS2) saturable absorber (SA) was demonstrated. The WS2 nanosheets were prepared by liquid phase exfoliation method and the SA was fabricated by depositing the few-layer WS2 nanosheets on the surface of a fiber taper. The modulation depth, saturable intensity, and non-saturable loss of this SA were measured to be 8.2%, 0.82 GW cm-2, and 29.4%, respectively. Based on this SA, a stable mode-locked laser operated at 1.91 µm was achieved with pulse duration of 825 fs and repetition rate of 15.49 MHz, and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 67 dB. Meanwhile, by increasing the pump power and adjusting the position of polarization controller, harmonic mode-locking operations were obtained. These results showed that the WS2 nanosheet-based SA could be served as a desirable candidate for a short-pulse mode locker at 2 µm wavelength.

  5. Mode locking of an all-fiber laser by acousto-optic superlattice modulation.

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    Cuadrado-Laborde, C; Diez, A; Delgado-Pinar, M; Cruz, J L; Andrés, M V

    2009-04-01

    Active mode locking of an erbium-doped all-fiber laser with a Bragg-grating-based acousto-optic modulator is demonstrated. The fiber Bragg grating was acoustically modulated by a standing longitudinal elastic wave, which periodically modulates the sidebands at twice the acoustic frequency. The laser has a Fabry-Perot configuration in which cavity loss modulation is achieved by tuning the output fiber Bragg grating to one of the acoustically induced sidebands. Optical pulses at 9 MHz repetition rate, 120 mW peak power, and 780 ps temporal width were obtained. The output results to be stable and has a timing jitter below 40 ps. The measured linewidth, 2.8 pm, demonstrates that these pulses are transform limited.

  6. Thulium-doped all-fiber mode-locked laser based on NPR and 45°-tilted fiber grating.

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    Li, Jianfeng; Yan, Zhijun; Sun, Zhongyuan; Luo, Hongyu; He, Yulian; Li, Zhuo; Liu, Yong; Zhang, Lin

    2014-12-15

    A nonlinear polarization rotation based all-fiber passively mode-locked Tm³⁺-doped fiber laser is demonstrated by using a 45° tilted fiber grating (TFG) as an in-line polarizer. The 45° TFG centered at 2000 nm with polarization dependent loss (PDL) of >12 dB at 1850 nm~2150 nm range was UV inscribed for the first time in SM28 fiber using a 244 nm Ar⁺ continuous wave laser and a phase mask with 25 mm long uniform pitch and titled period pattern of 33.7° with respect to the fiber axis. Stable soliton pulses centered at 1992.7 nm with 2.02 nm FWHM bandwidth were produced at a repetition rate of 1.902 MHz with pulse duration of 2.2 ps and pulse energy of 74.6 pJ. As increased pump power, the laser also can operate at noise-like regime with 18.1 nm FWHM bandwidth and pulse energy of up to 250.1 nJ. Using the same 45° TFG, both stable soliton and noise-like mode-locking centered at ~1970 nm and ~2050 nm, were also achieved by shortening and extending the length of Tm³⁺-doped fiber, respectively, exhibiting advantages of broadband and low insertion loss at 2 µm band.

  7. Environmentally stable, simple passively mode-locked fiber ring laser using a four-port circulator.

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    Masuda, Shin; Niki, Shoji; Nakazawa, Masataka

    2009-04-13

    We present here a self-starting passively mode-locked fiber ring laser with a novel cavity configuration using a four-port optical circulator. Our special ring cavity design enables highly stable mode-locked operation between 25 and 60 degrees C to be maintained without the need for any polarization-adjusting devices. The pulse width and the integrated timing jitter from 10 Hz to 10 MHz of our fiber ring laser were measured to be 120 fs and 39.1 fs, respectively. As a result, a robust and environmentally stable all-fiber mode-locked fiber ring laser with a simple ring cavity configuration in a small package has been achieved.

  8. High-energy laser pulse with a submegahertz repetition rate from a passively mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Tian, Xiaolong; Tang, Ming; Shum, Perry Ping; Gong, Yandong; Lin, Chinlon; Fu, Songnian; Zhang, Taishi

    2009-05-01

    We demonstrate an ultralong cavity, all-fiber, all-normal-dispersion Yb-doped fiber laser that is passively mode locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). Without any discrete dispersion-compensation components or conventional spectral filters, the SESAM works together with the strongly chirped pulse and the nonlinearity induced spectrum broadening to perform a filtering-equivalent function, thus stabilizing the mode locking. The laser generates 4.3 nJ stable mode-locked pulses with a 397 kHz fundamental repetition rate at a 1068 nm central wavelength.

  9. Characterization of mode-locking in an all-fiber, all normal dispersion ytterbium based fiber oscillator

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    Cserteg, András.; Sági, Veronika; Drozdy, András.; Varallyay, Zoltán.; Gajdátsy, Gábor

    2015-03-01

    An ytterbium based all fiber, all normal dispersion fiber oscillator with integrated SESAM can have several operation modes like mode-locked, Q-switched and noise-like. To know and to control the quality of the mode-locking is essential for the application of such laser oscillators, otherwise the whole laser setup can be damaged or the expected operation characteristics of the oscillator driven systems cannot be achieved. Usually the two-photon signal generated by the short pulses is used to indicate the mode locked operation, however such detection can be misleading in certain cases and not always able to predict the forthcoming degradation or vanishing of mode locking. The characterization method that we propose uses only the radio frequency spectrum of the oscillator output and can identify the different operation regimes of our laser setup. The optical spectra measured simultaneously with the RF signals proves the reliability of our method. With this kind of characterization stable mode locking can be initiated and maintained during the laser operation. The method combined with the ability to align the polarization states automatically in the laser cavity leads to the possibility to record a polarization map where the stability domains can be identified and classified. With such map the region where the mode locking is self starting and maintainable with minimal polarization alignment can be selected. The developed oscillator reported here with its compact setup and self alignment ability can be a reliable source with long term error free operation without the need of expensive monitoring tools.

  10. Passively mode-locked cw Coumarin 6 ring dye laser

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    French, P.M.W.; Opalinska, M.M.; Taylor, J.

    1989-02-15

    The passive mode locking of a cw Coumarin 6 dye laser in a colliding-pulse ring configuration is reported. Pulses of less than 500-fsec duration have been obtained from 518 to 554 nm, with the shortest pulses obtained being of 96-fsec duration.

  11. Reconfigurable quantum dot monolithic multisection passive mode-locked lasers.

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    Xin, Y C; Li, Y; Kovanis, Vassilios; Gray, A L; Zhang, L; Lester, L F

    2007-06-11

    We investigate the dynamical response of a quantum dot photonic integrated circuit formed with a combination of eleven passive and active gain cells operating when these cells are appropriately biased as a multi-section quantum dot passively mode-locked laser. When the absorber section is judiciously positioned in the laser cavity then fundamental frequency and harmonic mode-locking at repetition rates from 7.2GHz to 51GHz are recorded. These carefully engineered multi-section configurations that include a passive wave-guide section significantly lower the pulse width up to 34% from 9.7 to 6.4 picoseconds, as well increase by 49% the peak pulsed power from 150 to 224 mW, in comparison to conventional two-section configurations that are formed on the identical device under the same average power. In addition an ultra broad operation range with pulse width below ten picoseconds is obtained with the 3rd-harmonic mode-locking configuration. A record peak power of 234 mW for quantum dot mode-locked lasers operating over 40 GHz is reported for the first time.

  12. Different generation regimes of mode-locked all-positive-dispersion all-fiber Yb laser

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    Kobtsev, Sergey; Kukarin, Sergey; Smirnov, Sergey; Turitsyn, Sergei; Latkin, Anton

    2010-02-01

    Different generation modes of all-positive-dispersion all-fibre Yb laser mode-locked due to effect of non-linear polarization evolution are investigated. For the first time we realized in the same laser both generation of single picoseconds pulse train and a newly observed lasing regime where generated are picosecond wave-packets, each being a train of femtosecond sub-pulses. Using both experimental results and numerical modeling we discuss in detail the mechanisms of laser mode-locking and switching of generation regimes and show a strong dependence of output laser characteristics on configuration of polarization controllers. A good qualitative agreement between experimental results and numerical modeling is demonstrated.

  13. Generation of microseconds-duration square pulses in a passively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Liu, Tonghui; Jia, Dongfang; Liu, Ying; Wang, Zhaoying; Yang, Tianxin

    2015-12-01

    An ultra-wide tunable square pulse operating in dissipative soliton resonance (DSR) region has been experimentally investigated in a passively mode-locked figure-of-eight fiber laser. In our experiment, by simply increasing the pump power, the pulse width can be tuned in an ultra-wide range from 135 ns to 2272 ns without wave-breaking while the peak power remains almost constant. The maximum output single pulse energy is 236.8 nJ at the pump power of 508 mW. A 960 m highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF) is employed to realize widely tunable square pulse in the DSR region. To the best of our knowledge, this is the widest tunable range of pulse width in any all-fiber passively mode-locked fiber laser.

  14. Mode-locked all-fiber dumbbell-shaped laser based on a nonlinear amplifying optical loop mirror.

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    Yang, Bing-Ke; Chen, Sheng-Ping; Chen, He; Qi, Xue; Hou, Jing

    2016-10-01

    We report a hybrid passively mode-locked dumbbell-shaped fiber laser based on a nonlinear optical loop mirror and a nonlinear amplifying optical fiber-loop mirror. The laser produced noise-like pulses with repetition rate of 8.85 MHz and pulse energy of 16.2 and 26.4 nJ from the two output ports, respectively. Several interesting phenomena are observed and briefly discussed in the paper.

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

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    Ding, Edwin; Renninger, William H.; Wise, Frank W.; Grelu, Philippe; Shlizerman, Eli; Kutz, J. Nathan

    2012-01-01

    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. PMID:22866059

  16. Active/passive mode-locked laser oscillator

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    Fountain, William D.; Johnson, Bertram C.

    1977-01-01

    A Q-switched/mode-locked Nd:YAG laser oscillator employing simultaneous active (electro-optic) and passive (saturable absorber) loss modulation within the optical cavity is described. This "dual modulation" oscillator can produce transform-limited pulses of duration ranging from about 30 psec to about 5 nsec with greatly improved stability compared to other mode-locked systems. The pulses produced by this system lack intrapulse frequency or amplitude modulation, and hence are idealy suited for amplification to high energies and for other applications where well-defined pulses are required. Also, the pulses of this system have excellent interpulse characteristics, wherein the optical noise between the individual pulses of the pulse train has a power level well below the power of the peak pulse of the train.

  17. High average/peak power linearly polarized all-fiber picosecond MOPA seeded by mode-locked noise-like pulses

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    Yu, H. L.; Ma, P. F.; Tao, R. M.; Wang, X. L.; Zhou, P.; Chen, J. B.

    2015-06-01

    The characteristics of mode-locked noise-like pulses generated from a passively mode-locked fiber oscillator are experimentally investigated. By carefully adjusting the two polarization controllers, stable mode-locked noise-like pulse emission with a high radio frequency signal/noise ratio of  >55 dB is successfully achieved, ensuring the safety and possibility of high power amplification. To investigate the amplification characteristics of such pulses, one all-fiber master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) is built to boost the power and energy of such pulses. Amplified noise-like pulses with average output power of 423 W, repetition rate of 18.71 MHz, pulse energy of 22.61 μJ, pulse duration of 72.1 ps and peak power of 314 kW are obtained. Near diffraction-limited beam is also demonstrated with M2 factor measured at full power operation of ~1.2 in the X and Y directions. The polarization extinction ratio at output power of 183 W is measured to be ~13 dB. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of high-power amplification of noise-like pulses and the highest peak power ever reported in all-fiber picosecond MOPAs. The temporal self-compression process of such pulses and high peak power when amplified make it an ideal pump source for generation of high-power supercontinuum. Other potential applications, such as material processing and optical coherent tomography, could also be foreseen.

  18. Passive mode locking of lasers with a tunable dye cell

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    Baumann, G. Z.; Goldstein, R. L.

    1982-11-01

    A laminar-flow dye cell with continuously variable thickness (tunable without removal of the dye solution) provides an excellent way of optimizing passively mode-locked lasers. Varying the cell thickness adjusts low-light-level transmittance to match the total cavity and excitation energy conditions and also varies pulse duration. Acceptable cell thicknesses and dye concentrations can be calculated theoretically using well-known parameters. The cell can be conveniently returned to compensate for dye degradation or to provide conditions for Q switching. Experimental evidence is presented for a Nd:YAG laser.

  19. Picosecond passively mode-locked mid-infrared fiber laser

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    Wei, C.; Zhu, X.; Norwood, R. A.; Kieu, K.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2013-02-01

    Mode-locked mid-infrared (mid-IR) fiber lasers are of increasing interest due to their many potential applications in spectroscopic sensors, infrared countermeasures, laser surgery, and high-efficiency pump sources for nonlinear wavelength convertors. Er3+-doped ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF) fiber lasers, which can emit mid-IR light at 2.65-2.9 μm through the transition from the upper energy level 4I11/2 to the lower laser level 4I13/2, have attracted much attention because of their broad emission range, high optical efficiency, and the ready availability of diode pump lasers at the two absorption peaks of Er3+ ions (975 nm and 976 nm). In recent years, significant progress on high power Er3+- doped ZBLAN fiber lasers has been achieved and over 20 watt cw output at 2.8 μm has been demonstrated; however, there has been little progress on ultrafast mid-IR ZBLAN fiber lasers to date. We report a passively mode-locked Er3+- doped ZBLAN fiber laser in which a Fe2+:ZnSe crystal was used as the intracavity saturable absorber. Fe2+:ZnSe is an ideal material for mid-IR laser pulse generation because of its large saturable absorption cross-section and small saturation energy along with the excellent opto-mechanical (damage threshold ~2 J/cm2) and physical characteristics of the crystalline ZnSe host. A 1.6 m double-clad 8 mol% Er3+-doped ZBLAN fiber was used in our experiment. The fiber core has a diameter of 15 μm and a numerical aperture (NA) of 0.1. The inner circular cladding has a diameter of 125 μm and an NA of 0.5. Both continuous-wave and Q-switched mode-locking pulses at 2.8 μm were obtained. Continuous-wave mode locking operation with a pulse duration of 19 ps and an average power of 51 mW were achieved when a collimated beam traversed the Fe2+:ZnSe crystal. When the cavity was modified to provide a focused beam at the Fe2+:ZnSe crystal, Q-switched mode-locked operation with a pulse duration of 60 ps and an average power of 4.6 mW was achieved. More powerful

  20. Long-cavity all-fiber ring laser actively mode locked with an in-fiber bandpass acousto-optic modulator.

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    Cuadrado-Laborde, C; Bello-Jiménez, M; Díez, A; Cruz, J L; Andrés, M V

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate low-frequency active mode locking of an erbium-doped all-fiber ring laser. As the mode locker, we used a new in-fiber bandpass acousto-optic modulator showing 74% modulation depth, 3.7 dB power insertion losses, 4.5 nm of optical bandwidth, and 20 dB of nonresonant light suppression. The laser generates 330 ps mode-locked pulses over a 10 ns pedestal, at a 1.538 MHz frequency, with 130 mW of pump power.

  1. Dark and bright pulse passive mode-locked laser with in-cavity pulse-shaper.

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    Schröder, Jochen B; Coen, Stéphane; Sylvestre, Thibaut; Eggleton, Benjamin J

    2010-10-25

    We demonstrate the integration of a spectral pulse-shaper into a passive mode-locked laser cavity for direct control of the output pulse-shape of the laser. Depending on the dispersion filter applied with the pulse-shaper we either observe a bright or dark "soliton-like" pulse train. The results demonstrate the strong potential of an in-cavity spectral pulse-shaper as an experimental tool for controlling the dynamics of passively mode-locked lasers.

  2. Square-wave pulse with ultra-wide tuning range in a passively mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Zhang, Xianming; Gu, Chun; Chen, Guoliang; Sun, Biao; Xu, Lixin; Wang, Anting; Ming, Hai

    2012-04-15

    We report the generation of ultrawide tunable square-wave pulse in an erbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser. The pulse width can be tuned in an ultrawide range of more than 1700 ns by simply increasing the pump power. The pulse-width tuning is 5.1 ns/mW. To the best of our knowledge, this is the widest pulse-width tuning range of any square-wave pulse in an all-fiber passively mode-locked fiber laser. Experimental results show that the fiber nonlinearity plays an important role in the tuning range of the output pulse width. The high nonlinearity helps to increase the tuning range of the pulse width.

  3. All fiber passively Q-switched laser

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    Soh, Daniel B. S.; Bisson, Scott E

    2015-05-12

    Embodiments relate to an all fiber passively Q-switched laser. The laser includes a large core doped gain fiber having a first end. The large core doped gain fiber has a first core diameter. The laser includes a doped single mode fiber (saturable absorber) having a second core diameter that is smaller than the first core diameter. The laser includes a mode transformer positioned between a second end of the large core doped gain fiber and a first end of the single mode fiber. The mode transformer has a core diameter that transitions from the first core diameter to the second core diameter and filters out light modes not supported by the doped single mode fiber. The laser includes a laser cavity formed between a first reflector positioned adjacent the large core doped gain fiber and a second reflector positioned adjacent the doped single mode fiber.

  4. Vector soliton fiber laser passively mode locked by few layer black phosphorus-based optical saturable absorber.

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    Song, Yufeng; Chen, Si; Zhang, Qian; Li, Lei; Zhao, Luming; Zhang, Han; Tang, Dingyuan

    2016-11-14

    We report on the optical saturable absorption of few-layer black phosphorus nanoflakes and demonstrate its application for the generation of vector solitons in an erbium-doped fiber laser. By incorporating the black phosphorus nanoflakes-based saturable absorber (SA) into an all-fiber erbium-doped fiber laser cavity, we are able to obtain passive mode-locking operation with soliton pulses down to ~670 fs. The properties and dynamics of the as-generated vector solitons are experimentally investigated. Our results show that BP nanoflakes could be developed as an effective SA for ultrashort pulse fiber lasers, particularly for the generation of vector soliton pulses in fiber lasers.

  5. Passively mode-locked Nd:LuVO(4) laser with a GaAs wafer.

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    Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Zhengping; Wang, Jiyang; Yu, Yonggui; Jiang, Minhua; Tang, Dingyuan; Xie, Guoqiang; Luo, Hang

    2008-02-01

    We report on the passive mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:LuVO(4) laser with a GaAs wafer as output coupler. Using the interference modulation effect of the GaAs wafer, high-power continuous-wave mode locking with a pulse width of about 7.1 ps and an average output power of 3.11 W was achieved. Our result shows that Nd:LuVO(4) could be an excellent gain medium for diode-pumped high-power mode-locked lasers.

  6. Tunable dual-wavelength passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser using carbon nanotube

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    Niu, Chuanning; Wang, Zhaokun; Zhang, Jiayang; Yu, Ting; Zhou, Jun; Li, Nan; Qin, Guanshi; Ning, Ding; Zhang, Fujun; Feng, Dejun

    2016-10-01

    A tunable dual-wavelength passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL) based on single-wall carbon nanotube is demonstrated. By properly tuning the pump power and the polarization controller, both single- and dual-wavelength mode-locked operation can be achieved. The repetition rates of the single- and dual-wavelength mode-locked operation are both 17.64 MHz. The duration of the ultrashort soliton pulse is about 3.7 ps. By appropriately adjusting the polarization state of the laser, the dual wavelength can be tuned from 1879.8 and 1894.5 nm to 1903.3 and 1914.1 nm.

  7. Manipulating dissipative soliton ensembles in passively mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Sanchez, F.; Grelu, Ph.; Leblond, H.; Komarov, A.; Komarov, K.; Salhi, M.; Niang, A.; Amrani, F.; Lecaplain, C.; Chouli, S.

    2014-12-01

    We review our recent experimental and theoretical results addressing the dynamics of large numbers of solitons interacting in presence of a background in passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber lasers. We first characterize experimentally the soliton rain complex dynamics, and then we focus on ordered soliton patterns. We report that, for suitable experimental parameters, a continuous wave can impose harmonic mode locking. Two levels of modeling for a mode-locked laser subjected to the external injection of a continuous wave are developed to support the latter observation. The first one is based on a scalar master equation, while the second one takes into account the mode-locking mechanism more accurately through a vectorial approach.

  8. Pulse bursts with a controllable number of pulses from a mode-locked Yb-doped all fiber laser system.

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    Li, Xingliang; Zhang, Shumin; Hao, Yanping; Yang, Zhenjun

    2014-03-24

    Pulse bursts with a controllable number of pulses per burst have been produced directly from a mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser for the first time. Each output burst contained numerous pulses with a high pulse repetition rate of 29.4 MHz. The duration of a single pulse was 680 ps. The pulse burst had a repetition rate of 251.6 kHz. The pulse burst could easily be further amplified to a total pulse burst energy of ~795 nJ, corresponding to a total average power of 200 mW.

  9. 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.

  10. 980-nm all-fiber mode-locked Yb-doped phosphate fiber oscillator based on semiconductor saturable absorber mirror and its amplifier

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    Li, Ping-Xue; Yao, Yi-Fei; Chi, Jun-Jie; Hu, Hao-Wei; Zhang, Guang-Ju; Liang, Bo-Xing; Zhang, Meng-Meng; Ma, Chun-Mei; Su, Ning

    2016-08-01

    A 980-nm semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locked Yb-doped phosphate fiber laser is demonstrated by using an all-fiber linear cavity configuration. Two different kinds of cavity lengths are introduced into the oscillator to obtain a robust and stable mode-locked seed source. When the cavity length is chosen to be 6 m, the oscillator generates an average output power of 3.5 mW and a pulse width of 76.27 ps with a repetition rate of 17.08 MHz. As the cavity length is optimized to short, 4.4-mW maximum output power and 61.15-ps pulse width are produced at a repetition rate of 20.96 MHz. The output spectrum is centered at 980 nm with a narrow spectral bandwidth of 0.13 nm. In the experiment, no undesired amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) nor harmful oscillation around 1030 nm is observed. Moreover, through a two-stage all-fiber-integrated amplifier, an output power of 740 mW is generated with a pulse width of 200 ps. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61205047).

  11. High energy pulses generation with giant spectrum bandwidth and submegahertz repetition rate from a passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser in all normal dispersion cavity

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    Lin, J.-H.; Wang, D.; Lin, K.-H.

    2011-01-01

    Robust passively mode-locked pulse generation with low pulse repetition rate and giant spectrum bandwidth in an all-fiber, all-normal-dispersion ytterbium-doped fiber laser has been experimentally demonstrated using nonlinear polarization evolution technique. The highest pulse energy over 20 nJ with spectrum bandwidth over 50 nm can be experimentally obtained at 175 mW pump power. The mode-locked pulses reveal broadened 3-dB pulsewidth about several nanosecond and widened pedestal in time trace that is resulted from enormous dispersion in laser cavity and gain dynamics. At certain mode-locking state, a spectrum gap around 1056 nm are observed between the three and four energy levels of Yb-doped fiber laser. By properly rotating the polarization controller, the gap can be eliminated due to four-wave mixing to produce more flattened spectrum output.

  12. Investigation of monolithic passively mode-locked quantum dot lasers with extremely low repetition frequency.

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    Xu, Tianhong; Cao, Juncheng; Montrosset, Ivo

    2015-01-01

    The dynamical regimes and performance optimization of quantum dot monolithic passively mode-locked lasers with extremely low repetition rate are investigated using the numerical method. A modified multisection delayed differential equation model is proposed to accomplish simulations of both two-section and three-section passively mode-locked lasers with long cavity. According to the numerical simulations, it is shown that fundamental and harmonic mode-locking regimes can be multistable over a wide current range. These dynamic regimes are studied, and the reasons for their existence are explained. In addition, we demonstrate that fundamental pulses with higher peak power can be achieved when the laser is designed to work in a region with smaller differential gain.

  13. Passive mode-locking in the green-yellow using the saturable absorber dasbti

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    Sibbett, W.; Taylor, J.R.

    1982-12-01

    Flashlamp pumped coumarin 153 and rhodamine 110 dye lasers have been passively mode-locked for the first time using the saturable absorber 2-(p-dimethylaminostyryl)-benzthiazolylethyl iodide to produce pulses as short as 3 ps with pulse powers of up to 5 MW in a spectral range not previously covered.

  14. Effect of dynamical instability on timing jitter in passively mode-locked quantum-dot lasers.

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    Pimenov, A; Habruseva, T; Rachinskii, D; Hegarty, S P; Huyet, G; Vladimirov, A G

    2014-12-15

    We study the effect of noise on the dynamics of passively mode-locked semiconductor lasers both experimentally and theoretically. A method combining analytical and numerical approaches for estimation of pulse timing jitter is proposed. We investigate how the presence of dynamical features such as wavelength bistability in a quantum-dot laser affects timing jitter.

  15. Adjustable high-repetition-rate pulse trains in a passively-mode-locked fiber laser

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    Si Fodil, Rachid; Amrani, Foued; Yang, Changxi; Kellou, Abdelhamid; Grelu, Ph.

    2016-07-01

    We experimentally investigate multipulse regimes obtained within a passively-mode-locked fiber laser that includes a Mach-Zehnder (MZ) interferometer. By adjusting the time delay imbalance of the MZ, ultrashort pulse trains at multi-GHz repetition rates are generated. We compare the observed dynamics with high-harmonic mode locking, and show that the multi-GHz pulse trains display an inherent instability, which has been overlooked. By using a recirculation loop containing the MZ, we demonstrate a significant improvement of the pulse train stability.

  16. Investigation of quantum dot passively mode-locked lasers with excited-state transition.

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    Cheng, Hsu-Chieh; Lee, Chien-Ping

    2013-11-04

    Monolithic passively mode-locked quantum dot lasers with excited-state transition were investigated in a broad operating range without ground-state lasing. Optical and electrical characteristics of these mode locked lasers were studied in detail at different levels of injection current and absorber bias. Very different behaviors in the evolution of the hysteresis, the optical spectra and the evolution of repetition frequency were observed between our lasers and conventional quantum dot lasers with ground-state transition. Possible mechanisms behind these observed phenomena were proposed and discussed. A minimum pulse width of 3.3 ps and an externally compressed pulse width of 0.78 ps were obtained.

  17. An effective method for designing insensitive resonator of continuous-wave passively mode-locked laser.

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    Wen, Qiao; Sun, Liqun; Wang, Yonggang; Zhang, Enyao; Tian, Qian

    2009-05-25

    An effective method for designing the insensitive resonator of a continuous-wave passively mode-locked laser is firstly presented in this paper. This method, using resonator transform circle graphic theory, is both intuitive and reliable. Theoretical results show that the resonator is suitable to obtain highly stable mode locking operation when the following two conditions are fulfilled. First, the transform circle of the terminal mirror opposite the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) propagates through a series of lens (including the thermal lens of the gain medium) and a small transform circle in the image space is obtained, which ensures the small spot size at the SESAM. Second, the resonator transform circles orthogonally (or nearly orthogonally) intersect at the SESAM, which ensures the spot size at the SESAM is insensitive to the external perturbation. The experimental results of the mode locking lasers show good agreement with the theoretical studies very well.

  18. Generation regimes of bidirectional hybridly mode-locked ultrashort pulse erbium-doped all-fiber ring laser with a distributed polarizer.

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    Krylov, Alexander A; Chernykh, Dmitriy S; Arutyunyan, Natalia R; Grebenyukov, Vyacheslav V; Pozharov, Anatoly S; Obraztsova, Elena D

    2016-05-20

    We report on the stable picosecond and femtosecond pulse generation from the bidirectional erbium-doped all-fiber ring laser hybridly mode-locked with a coaction of a single-walled carbon nanotube-based saturable absorber and nonlinear polarization evolution that was introduced through the insertion of the short-segment polarizing fiber. Depending on the total intracavity dispersion value, the laser emits conservative solitons, transform-limited Gaussian pulses, or highly chirped stretched pulses with almost 20 nm wide parabolic spectrum in both clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW) directions of the ring. Owing to the polarizing action in the cavity, we have demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, an efficient tuning of soliton pulse characteristics for both CW and CCW channels via an appropriate polarization control. We believe that the bidirectional laser presented may be highly promising for gyroscopic and other dual-channel applications.

  19. 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.

  20. Tunable passively harmonic mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser with Lyot-Sagnac filter.

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    Li, Ming; Zou, Xin; Wu, Jian; Shi, Jindan; Qiu, Jifang; Hong, Xiaobin

    2015-10-10

    A novel passively harmonic mode-locked dissipative soliton Yb-doped fiber laser with all normal dispersion is proposed and experimentally demonstrated based on a semiconductor saturable absorption mirror and tunable Lyot-Sagnac filter. By only tuning the bandwidth of the filter at fixed pump power, the repetition rate of 9.87 to 167.8 MHz (corresponding to 17th-order harmonic) is obtained. This is the highest repetition rate and harmonic order for a passively harmonic mode-locked dissipative soliton Yb-doped fiber laser with all-normal dispersion to the best of our knowledge. The signal-to-noise ratio and super-mode suppression ratio for all harmonic orders are higher than 65 and 35 dB, respectively, which shows the high stability of the fiber laser.

  1. Saturable absorber based on silver nanoparticles for passively mode-locked lasers

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    Glubokov, D A; Sychev, V V; Korolkov, A E; Chubich, D A; Vitukhnovskii, A G; Mikhailov, A S; Shapiro, B I

    2014-04-28

    A saturable absorber based on plane (tabular) stabilised silver nanocrystals, which is promising for picoseconds laser systems operating in the range 650–900 nm, is studied. This material has a plasmon decay time of about 2 ps, while its absorption at a pump intensity of 10 MW cm{sup -2} decreases by 1.6%, which is sufficient for using this crystal for passive mode locking. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  2. Diode-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:GSAG laser at 942 nm.

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    Xu, Changwen; Wei, Zhiyi; Zhang, Yongdong; Li, Dehua; Zhang, Zhiguo; Wang, X; Wang, S; Eichler, H J; Zhang, Chunyu; Gao, Chunqing

    2009-08-01

    Stable mode-locking of a diode-pumped Nd:GSAG laser emitting at 942 nm between the 4F2/3-4I9/2 transition has been demonstrated. With a z cavity and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror passive mode locker, we obtained 8.7 ps pulses at repetition rate of 95.6 MHz and average output power of 510 mW. The total optical efficiency is about 3.1%.

  3. High brightness photonic band crystal semiconductor lasers in the passive mode locking regime

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    Rosales, R.; Kalosha, V. P.; Miah, M. J.; Bimberg, D.; Posilović, K.; Pohl, J.; Weyers, M.

    2014-10-20

    High brightness photonic band crystal lasers in the passive mode locking regime are presented. Optical pulses with peak power of 3 W and peak brightness of about 180 MW cm{sup −2} sr{sup −1} are obtained on a 5 GHz device exhibiting 15 ps pulses and a very low beam divergence in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

  4. Passive feedback control of actively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser

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    Buchvarov, Ivan C.; Saltiel, Solomon M.

    1992-11-01

    A passive feedback control in an actively mode-locked pulsed Nd:YAG laser was used to shorten the pulse duration or obtain millisecond trains of ultra-short light pulses. The intracavity second harmonic generation in a crystal situated at proper distance from the output mirror served as a positive or negative feedback. When negative feedback was used, the length of the train was limited by the length of the flash lamp pumping pulse.

  5. Passively harmonic mode-locked pulses in thulium-doped fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization rotation

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    Jia, Qingsong; Wang, Tianshu; Ma, Wanzhuo; Liu, Peng; Zhang, Peng; Bo, Baoxue; Zhang, Yan

    2016-10-01

    A simple approach to generate passively harmonic mode-locked pulse trains in thulium-doped fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization rotation is proposed and demonstrated. Three different ways of mode-locked techniques have been employed in our structure to generate passively high-order harmonic mode-locked pulse trains; 128th-order passively harmonic mode-locked pulse train is achieved in the experiment and the repetition rate is 406.8 MHz. With the increase of the pump power, multiwavelength output can be tuned. A segment of dispersion compensation fiber is used to compensate the dispersion in the cavity; thus, the single pulse width is compressed from 617 to 48 ps.

  6. Can silicon carbide serve as a saturable absorber for passive mode-locked fiber lasers?

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    Cheng, Chih-Hsien; Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Chen, Ting-Hui; Chen, Hsiang-Yu; Chi, Yu-Chieh; Leeb, Chao-Kuei; Wua, Chih-I; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2015-01-01

    The study presents a novel demonstration of a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) that is based on a silicon carbide (SixC1−x) saturable absorber. When the C/Si composition ratio is increased to 1.83, the SixC1−x film transforms from two-photon absorption to nonlinear saturable absorption, and the corresponding value reaches −3.9 × 10−6 cm/W. The Si-rich SixC1−x film cannot mode lock the EDFL because it induced high intracavity loss through two-photon absorption. Even when a stoichiometric SiC is used, the EDFL is mode locked, similar to an EDFL operating under weak nonlinear-polarization-rotation condition. A C-rich SixC1−x film containing sp2-orbital C–C bonds with a linear absorbance of 0.172 and nonlinear absorbance of 0.04 at a 181 MW/cm2 saturation intensity demonstrates nonlinear transmittance. The C-rich SixC1−x saturable absorber successfully generates a short mode-locked EDFL pulse of 470 fs. The fluctuation of the pulse-train envelope dropps considerably from 11.6% to 0.8% when a strong saturable-absorption-induced self-amplitude modulation process occurs in the C-rich SixC1−x film. PMID:26558531

  7. Passive femtosecond mode-locking and cw laser performance of Yb3+: Sc2SiO5.

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    De Tan, Wei; Tang, Dingyuan; Xu, Xiaodong; Zhang, Jian; Xu, Changwen; Xu, Feng; Zheng, Lihe; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun

    2010-08-02

    The authors report on the passive mode-locking and cw lasing performance of Yb3+: Sc(2)SiO(5) (Yb: SSO) in an x-fold cavity end-pumped by a 978 nm single emitter. The laser produced a maximum cw output power of 2.73 W with a slope efficiency of 70%. Passive mode-locking of Yb: SSO was initiated using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) while dispersion compensation was introduced using a pair of SF10 prisms. The laser mode-locked at 1041 nm, 1060 nm and 1077 nm with near Fourier transformed limited pulse width of 145 fs, 144 fs and 125 fs, and average output power of 40 mW, 52 mW and 102 mW, respectively. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first demonstration of femtosecond mode-locking of Yb: SSO.

  8. Stable, self-starting, passively mode-locked fiber ring laser of the 3 μm class.

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    Hu, Tomonori; Hudson, Darren D; Jackson, Stuart D

    2014-04-01

    We report a passively mode-locked Ho(3+)Pr(3+)-doped fluoride fiber laser, producing 6 ps pulses at a repetition rate of 24.8 MHz, with a peak power of 465 W. For the first time, a ring cavity was demonstrated in a fluoride fiber laser arrangement which was essential to the generation of stable and self-starting mode-locked pulses.

  9. Diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:Y3Ga5O12 laser.

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    Zhang, Yongdong; Wei, Zhiyi; Zhou, Binbin; Xu, Changwen; Zou, Yuwan; Li, Dehua; Zhang, Zhiguo; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang; Yu, Haohai; Wu, Kui; Yao, Bin; Wang, Junli

    2009-11-01

    We experimentally demonstrated femtosecond operation in a diode-pumped Yb:Y(3)Ga(5)O(12) laser for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. By using Gires-Tournois interferometer mirrors for dispersion compensation and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror for passive mode locking, pulses with a duration as short as 245 fs at the central wavelength of 1045 nm have been produced at a repetition rate of 64.3 MHz. Under the full pump power of 7 W, the maximum output power was 570 mW, with an average slope efficiency of 14.1%.

  10. Theory of stationary ultarshort pulses in solid-state laserswith passive mode locking

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    Komarov, K.P.

    1986-02-01

    The formation of steady-state pulses in solid-state lasers with passive mode locking is investigated under conditions when the refractive index is frequency dispersive and nonlinear. The case of a noninertial absorber is considered as well as that of an inertial one. It is shown that when the nonlinearity of the refractive index exceeds a certain critical level phase modulation of the pulse leads to instability of the steady-state regime. The possibility is discussed of forming extremely short pulses in wide-band amplifying media such as alexandrite.

  11. Ultra-broadband dissipative soliton and noise-like pulse generation from a normal dispersion mode-locked Tm-doped all-fiber laser.

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    Sobon, Grzegorz; Sotor, Jaroslaw; Martynkien, Tadeusz; Abramski, Krzysztof M

    2016-03-21

    We report generation of ultra-broadband dissipative solitons and noise-like pulses from a simple, fully fiberized mode-locked Tm-doped fiber laser. The oscillator operates in the normal net dispersion regime and is mode-locked via nonlinear polarization evolution. Depending on the cavity dispersion, the laser was capable of generating 60 nm or 100 nm broad dissipative solitons. These are the broadest spectra generated from a normal dispersion mode-locked Tm-doped fiber laser so far. The same oscillator might also operate in the noise-like pulse regime with extremely broad emission spectra (over 300 nm), which also significantly outperforms the previous reports.

  12. Nd:YAG laser with passive-active mode-locking

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    Zhao, Weijiang; Chen, Zhenlei; Ren, Deming; Qu, Yanchen; Mo, Shuang; Huang, Jinjer; Andreev, Yury M.; Gorobets, Vadim A.; Petukhov, Vladimir O.; Zemlyanov, Aleksei A.

    2008-03-01

    All solid-state flash-lamp pumped passive-active mode-locked Nd3+:YAG laser is designed and experimentally studded. Saturation absorber Cr4+:YAG with initial transparency 25 and 47% are used as a passive Q-switcher and acousto-optical fused quartz modulator as an active mode-locker. Efficient length of the laser cavity with fixed mirror positions (1.45 m spaced) is droved by changes of 100% flat mirror for concave mirrors with different focus lengths. Changeable output mirrors with transparencies of 15 and 50% are used. Driving of the cavity parameters, laser and acousto-optical modulator power supply voltages let us to control output pulse train and single pulse parameters. As it goes from the analyses of oscillograms fixed with pyroelectric detector (τ=0.5 ns) and 1 GHz oscilloscope, over 95% of pulse output energy has been mode-locked. Average duration of the pulse train envelope of 5 to 50 single pulses at FWHM has been droved within 50 to 600 ns. When this single pulse duration is controlled but did not exceed 2 ns.

  13. Electrical addressing and temporal tweezing of localized pulses in passively-mode-locked semiconductor lasers

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    Camelin, P.; Javaloyes, J.; Marconi, M.; Giudici, M.

    2016-12-01

    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 one to control the position and the dynamics of LSs. We show that the localized pulse 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 a finite time scale and breaks the parity invariance along the cavity, thus leading to a different paradigm for temporal tweezing of localized pulses. Different modulation waveforms are applied for describing exhaustively this paradigm. Starting from a generic model of passive mode locking based upon delay differential equations, we deduce the effective equations of motion for these LSs in a time-dependent current landscape.

  14. Reduced group delay dispersion in quantum dot passively mode-locked lasers operating at elevated temperature

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    Mee, J. K.; Raghunathan, R.; Murrell, D.; Braga, A.; Li, Y.; Lester, L. F.

    2014-09-01

    A detailed study of the pulse characteristics emitted from a monolithic Quantum Dot (QD) passively Mode-Locked Laser (MLL) has been performed using a state-of-the-art Frequency Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) pulse measurement system. While traditionally the time-domain pulse characteristics of semiconductor MLLs have been studied using digital sampling oscilloscope or intensity autocorrelation techniques, the FROG measurements allow for simultaneous characterization of time and frequency, which has been shown to be necessary and sufficient for true determination of mode-locked stability. In this paper, FROG pulse measurements are presented on a two-section QD MLL operating over wide temperature excursions. The FROG measurement allows for extraction of the temporal and spectral intensity and phase profiles from which the Group Delay Dispersion (GDD) can be determined. The magnitude of the GDD is found to decrease from 16.1 to 3.5 ps/nm when the temperature is increased from 20 to 50 oC, mirroring the trend of pulse width reduction at elevated temperature, which has been shown to correlate strongly with reduced unsaturated absorption. The possibility to further optimize pulse generation via intra-cavity dispersion compensation in a novel three-section MLL design is also examined, and shows strong potential toward providing valuable insight into the optimal cavity designs and operating parameters for QD MLLs.

  15. Tuning the external optical feedback-sensitivity of a passively mode-locked quantum dot laser

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    Raghunathan, R. Kovanis, V.; Lester, L. F.; Grillot, F.; Mee, J. K.; Murrell, D.

    2014-07-28

    The external optical feedback-sensitivity of a two-section, passively mode-locked quantum dot laser operating at elevated temperature is experimentally investigated as a function of absorber bias voltage. Results show that the reverse-bias voltage on the absorber has a direct impact on the damping rate of the free-running relaxation oscillations of the optical signal output, thereby enabling interactive external control over the feedback-response of the device, even under the nearly resonant cavity configuration. The combination of high temperature operation and tunable feedback-sensitivity is highly promising from a technological standpoint, in particular, for applications requiring monolithic integration of multi-component architectures on a single chip in order to accomplish, for instance, the dual-objectives of stable pulse quality and isolation from parasitic reflections.

  16. A passively mode locked thulium doped fiber laser using bismuth telluride deposited multimode interference

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    Jung, M.; Lee, J.; Song, W.; Lee, Y. L.; Lee, J. H.; Shin, W.

    2016-05-01

    We proposed a multimode interference (MMI) fiber based saturable absorber using bismuth telluride at  ∼2 μm region. Our MMI based saturable absorber was fabricated by fusion splicing with single mode fiber and null core fiber. The MMI functioned as both wavelength fixed filter and saturable absorber. The 3 dB bandwidth and insertion loss of MMI were 42 nm and 3.4 dB at wavelength of 1958 nm, respectively. We have also reported a passively mode locked thulium doped fiber laser operating at a wavelength of 1958 nm using a multimode interference. A temporal bandwidth of  ∼46 ps was experimentally obtained at a repetition rate of 8.58 MHz.

  17. 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.

  18. Low-threshold, dual-passive mode locking of a large mode area Nd:GdVO(4) laser.

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    Schieffer, S L; Brajkovic, D; Cornea, A I; Schroeder, W A

    2006-07-24

    The all solid-state combination of a saturable Bragg mirror for amplitude modulation and a cascaded chi((2)):chi((2)) nonlinearity (phase-mismatched second harmonic crystal) as an axial-mode phase locker for continuous-wave mode locking of large mode area lasers is investigated. The dual-passive mode-locking technique generates extremely stable sub-10ps sech(2) pulses at 76MHz from a ~6W, TEM(00)-mode, diode-pumped, thermal-lens-shaped, Brewster Nd:GdVO(4) laser.

  19. Passive harmonic mode locking in a monolayer graphene-based long cavity fiber laser with high pulse energy

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    He, Xiaoying; Wang, D. N.

    2016-11-01

    Passive harmonic mode-locking fiber laser is experimentally demonstrated with high pulse energy and excellent signal-to-noise-ratio by employing monolayer graphene and multi-mode fiber. A repetition rate of 20.26 MHz corresponding to the 3rd harmonic mode-locking has been achieved, with a pulse duration of 603 fs, and a high single-pulse energy of 1.04 nJ. The spectral width of the pulses is found to be decreased with the increase of the harmonic order. Such a fiber laser is suitable for optical access network or material processing applications.

  20. Theory of passive mode locking of solid-state lasers using metal nanocomposites as slow saturable absorbers.

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    Kim, Kwang-Hyon; Griebner, Uwe; Herrmann, Joachim

    2012-05-01

    Mode locking of solid-state lasers using metal nanocomposites as slow saturable absorbers (SAs) is studied theoretically. The derived equation for the transient nonlinear response of metal nanocomposites is based on the semiclassical two-temperature model. The model is confirmed experimentally by pump-probe measurements on Au nanoparticles (NPs). The theory was applied to study passive mode locking of a solid-state laser containing Au NPs as SA in the green spectral range. Pulse durations as short as 100 fs are predicted, and design criteria of metal NP SAs are derived.

  1. Low repetition rate and broad frequency tuning from a grating-coupled passively mode-locked quantum dot laser

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    Cheng, H. C. Wu, Q. Y.; Pan, C. H.; Lee, C. P.; Lin, G.

    2013-11-18

    Passively mode-locked quantum dot lasers with a grating-coupled external cavity arrangement are investigated. A broad repetition-rate tuning range of fundamental mode-locking from 2 GHz to a record-low frequency of 79.3 MHz is achieved with selecting the wavelength at 1.28 μm. A narrow RF linewidth of ∼25 Hz and an intrinsic linewidth as low as 0.15 Hz are also obtained.

  2. Passive mode-locking of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO(4) laser by intracavity SHG in PPKTP.

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    Iliev, Hristo; Chuchumishev, Danail; Buchvarov, Ivan; Petrov, Valentin

    2010-03-15

    Experimental results on passive mode-locking of a Nd:YVO(4) laser using intracavity frequency doubling in periodically poled KTP (PPKTP) crystal are reported. Both, negative cascaded chi((2)) lensing and frequency doubling nonlinear mirror (FDNLM) are exploited for the laser mode-locking. The FDNLM based on intensity dependent reflection in the laser cavity ensures self-starting and self-sustaining mode-locking while the cascaded chi((2)) lens process contributes to substantial pulse shortening. This hybrid technique enables generation of stable trains of pulses at high-average output power with several picoseconds pulse width. The pulse repetition rate of the laser is 117 MHz with average output power ranging from 0.5 to 3.1 W and pulse duration from 2.9 to 5.2 ps.

  3. Optical feedback instabilities in a monolithic InAs/GaAs quantum dot passively mode-locked laser

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    Grillot, F.; Lin, C.-Y.; Naderi, N. A.; Pochet, M.; Lester, L. F.

    2009-04-01

    The impact of optical feedback on the direct performance of a monolithic InAs/GaAs quantum dot passively mode-locked laser intended for applications such as multigigahertz interchip/intrachip clock distribution is experimentally investigated. Evaluation of the feedback resistance is an important feature, as the laser is to be monolithically integrated on chip with other devices, in which case optical isolation is difficult. This work shows that a feedback level on the order of -24 dB is detrimental for mode-locking operation, enhancing noise in the rf electrical signal, strongly narrowing the useful mode-locking region as well as causing central frequency shift, and severe instabilities.

  4. Dual-wavelength passively mode-locked Nd:LuYSiO5 laser with SESAM.

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    Cong, Zhenhua; Tang, Dingyuan; De Tan, Wei; Zhang, Jian; Xu, Changwen; Luo, Dewei; Xu, Xiaodong; Li, Dongzhen; Xu, Jun; Zhang, Xingyu; Wang, Qingpu

    2011-02-28

    A diode-end-pumped dual-wavelength mode-locked laser based on Nd:LuYSiO5 crystal is demonstrated. With a SESAM, simultaneous mode locking at the 1075.8 nm and 1078.1 nm is achieved and the dual-wavelength mode locked pulses have a pulse width of 8.9 ps. Due to frequency beating, ultrahigh repetition rate ultrafast pulses with 997 fs pulse width and 0.59 THz repetition rate are further formed. Under 12.7 W absorbed pump power 1.7 W mode-locked output power was obtained, the slope efficiency of the mode locked laser was 24.3%.

  5. 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.

  6. Modeling and analysis of distributed feedback quantum dot passively mode-locked lasers.

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    Rahimi, Javad; Ahmadi, Vahid; Yavari, Mohammad Hasan

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we investigate numerically two proposed monolithic distributed feedback quantum dot passively mode-locked lasers (DFB-QDMLLs) with and without gratings in the saturable absorber (SA) section in order to enhance two important performances of QDMLLs for ultrahigh-bit-rate and single-mode applications. We find out that depending on the length of the grating, optical pulses with durations of about 3-8 ps at approximately 2nd and 4th harmonics of cavity round-trip frequencies can be generated by the proposed structures. We also compare the temporal and spectral behaviors of these structures under specified bias conditions and SA lengths. It is shown that DFB-QDMLLs have the ability to generate optical pulses with more peak power than grating-embedded saturable absorber (GESA-DFB-QDMLL) structures which generate shorter pulses with narrower spectral bandwidths. We also show that DFB-QDMLLs operate in a larger range of absorber voltages while the other structure is very sensitive to absorber voltage and operates well for middle ranges of this parameter.

  7. Dual-Passive Mode Locking of High Average Power, Solid-State Lasers

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    Schieffer, Stephanie

    Laser oscillators with average output powers of multiple watts and pulse durations less than 100 picoseconds (ps) have many uses. For instance, precise machining of metals takes advantage of the reduced thermal effect from laser pulses between 100 ps and 10 femtoseconds. Biologists and chemists use lasers in time-resolved spectroscopy of biochemical reactions. Ultrafast lasers are also used in chemistry, physics and material science to probe the electronic and vibrational states of various materials including semiconductors. These applications often require specific photon color and in the cases where this cannot be generated directly from a solid-state oscillator, it may be generated through nonlinear effects in optical parametric oscillators (OPO) and optical parametric amplifiers (OPA) — techniques that typically require watt-level pump lasers. It is the focus of my dissertation to develop a stable, high average power, ultrafast laser suitable for direct use of for pumping an OPO/OPA. The laser oscillator presented in this dissertation employs the thermal-lens-shaping (TLS) concept, the basic idea of which is to actively shape and collimate the pump radiation from unlensed diode bars such that the resulting thermal lens in the gain media, which is experienced by the laser resonator, is stigmatic irrespective of the angle between the laser and the gain medium. This laser oscillator is mode locked using a novel, dual-passive technique in which a saturable Bragg reflector (SBR) provides amplitude modulation while a phase mis-matched second harmonic crystal generates phase-locking resulting in a required threshold energy that is less than half of that for SBR-only mode locking. Of course, the saturable and non-saturable absorption of the laser by the SBR results in thermally-induced stress and strain and thus bowing; an analysis of this thermal effect is conducted. Finally, the design and characterization of a high-resolution, aberration-corrected, flat

  8. Output Power Limitations and Improvements in Passively Mode Locked GaAs/AlGaAs Quantum Well Lasers.

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    Tandoi, Giuseppe; Ironside, Charles N; Marsh, John H; Bryce, A Catrina

    2012-03-01

    We report a novel approach for increasing the output power in passively mode locked semiconductor lasers. Our approach uses epitaxial structures with an optical trap in the bottom cladding that enlarges the vertical mode size to scale the pulse saturation energy. With this approach we demonstrate a very high peak power of 9.8 W per facet, at a repetition rate of 6.8 GHz and with pulse duration of 0.71 ps. In particular, we compare two GaAs/AlGaAs epilayer designs, a double quantum well design operating at 830 nm and a single quantum well design operating at 795 nm, with vertical mode sizes of 0.5 and 0.75 μm, respectively. We show that a larger mode size not only shifts the mode locking regime of operation towards higher powers, but also produces other improvements in respect of two main failure mechanisms that limit the output power: the catastrophic optical mirror damage and the catastrophic optical saturable absorber damage. For the 830 nm material structure, we also investigate the effect of non-absorbing mirrors on output power and mode locked operation of colliding pulse mode locked lasers.

  9. Output Power Limitations and Improvements in Passively Mode Locked GaAs/AlGaAs Quantum Well Lasers

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    Tandoi, Giuseppe; Ironside, Charles N.; Marsh, John H.; Bryce, A. Catrina

    2013-01-01

    We report a novel approach for increasing the output power in passively mode locked semiconductor lasers. Our approach uses epitaxial structures with an optical trap in the bottom cladding that enlarges the vertical mode size to scale the pulse saturation energy. With this approach we demonstrate a very high peak power of 9.8 W per facet, at a repetition rate of 6.8 GHz and with pulse duration of 0.71 ps. In particular, we compare two GaAs/AlGaAs epilayer designs, a double quantum well design operating at 830 nm and a single quantum well design operating at 795 nm, with vertical mode sizes of 0.5 and 0.75 μm, respectively. We show that a larger mode size not only shifts the mode locking regime of operation towards higher powers, but also produces other improvements in respect of two main failure mechanisms that limit the output power: the catastrophic optical mirror damage and the catastrophic optical saturable absorber damage. For the 830 nm material structure, we also investigate the effect of non-absorbing mirrors on output power and mode locked operation of colliding pulse mode locked lasers. PMID:23843678

  10. Passive mode locking at harmonics of the free spectral range of the intracavity filter in a fiber ring laser.

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    Zhang, Shumin; Lu, Fuyun; Dong, Xinyong; Shum, Ping; Yang, Xiufeng; Zhou, Xiaoqun; Gong, Yandong; Lu, Chao

    2005-11-01

    We report the passive mode-locking at harmonics of the free spectral range (FSR) of the intracavity multi-channel filter in a fiber ring laser. The laser uses a sampled fiber Bragg grating (SFBG) with a free spectral range (FSR) of 0.8 nm, or 99 GHz at 1555 nm, and a length of highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber with low and flat dispersion. Stable picosecond soliton pulse trains with twofold to sevenfold enhancement in the repetition rate, relative to the FSR of the SFBG, have been achieved. The passive mode-locking mechanism that is at play in this laser relies on a dissipative four-wave mixing process and switching of repetition rate is realized simply by adjustment of the intracavity polarization controllers.

  11. Width and amplitude tunable square-wave pulse in dual-pump passively mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Mei, Li; Chen, Guoliang; Xu, Lixin; Zhang, Xianming; Gu, Chun; Sun, Biao; Wang, Anting

    2014-06-01

    We have proposed and demonstrated a figure-8 dual-pump passively mode-locked fiber laser to generate square-wave pulse tunable by both width and amplitude. Just by simply adjusting the power of the pumps, both the amplitude and width of the output square-wave pulse can be tuned independently and continuously. One pump is used to tune the output pulsewidth while the other is used to tune amplitude.

  12. Room temperature passive mode-locked laser based on InAs/GaAs quantum-dot superlattice

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    2012-01-01

    Passive mode-locking is achieved in two sectional lasers with an active layer based on superlattice formed by ten layers of quantum dots. Tunnel coupling of ten layers changes the structural polarization properties: the ratio between the transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarization absorption coefficients is less by a factor of 1.8 in the entire electroluminescence spectrum range for the superlattice. PMID:23031390

  13. Generation of stable high order harmonic noise-like pulses in a passively mode-locked double clad fiber ring laser

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    Hernandez-Garcia, J. C.; Pottiez, O.; Ibarra-Escamilla, B.; Estudillo-Ayala, J. M.; Rojas-Laguna, R.; Kuzin, E.; Muñoz-Lopez, A.; Filoteo-Razo, J. D.

    2015-03-01

    We study a passively mode-locked double-clad Erbium-Ytterbium fiber ring laser producing noise-like pulse through nonlinear polarization evolution and polarization selection. Single noise-like pulsing is only observed at moderate pump power. As pump power is increased, and through polarization controllers adjustments, harmonic mode-locking of growing order were successively appearing. For pump powers close to the damage threshold of the setup, we reach harmonic orders beyond 1200 and repetition frequencies in excess of a quarter of a GHz. Finally, these experimental results could be useful in the quest for higher pulse energies and higher repetition rates in passively mode-locked fiber lasers.

  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. Diode-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:YAG laser at 1338 nm with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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    Yang, Ying; Xu, Jin-Long; He, Jing-Liang; Yang, Xiu-Qin; Zhang, Bing-Yuan; Yang, He; Liu, Shan-De; Zhang, Bai-Tao

    2011-12-20

    We demonstrate a diode-end-pumped passively mode-locked 1338 nm Nd:YAG laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. At the absorbed pump power of 8.89 W, an average output power of 1.12 W was obtained with a slope efficiency of 14%. The pulse width was 22.4 ps with a repetition rate of 63.9 MHz, corresponding to a peak power of 782 W. In addition, the bandwidth of the mode-locking spectrum is as narrow as 20.44 GHz, which shows the potential application in long-distance ranging and fiber information transmission because of the low dispersion of these ultrashort pulses.

  16. Passively mode-locked femtosecond laser with an Nd-doped La₃Ga₅SiO₁₄ disordered crystal.

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    Liu, Jiaxing; Wang, Zhaohua; He, Kunna; Wei, Long; Zhang, Zhiguo; Wei, Zhiyi; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang

    2014-11-03

    We experimentally prove the broad emission band of Nd:LGS disordered crystal and demonstrate a diode-pumped passively mode-locked femtosecond Nd-doped La₃Ga₅SiO₁₄ (Nd:LGS) laser for the first time. With a birefringent filter inserted into the cavity, the tunable continuous wave (CW) laser of over 60 nm from 1045.2 nm to 1105.3 nm is achieved, which is the widest tuning range with Nd-doped crystals to our knowledge. Further in mode-locked operation, femtosecond pulses with pulse duration of 381 fs, average output power of 75 mW and repetition rate of 134.4 MHz are obtained at the central wavelength of 1066 nm. It is suitable to be a compact seed for femtosecond laser amplifiers.

  17. 300-MHz-repetition-rate, all-fiber, femtosecond laser mode-locked by planar lightwave circuit-based saturable absorber.

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    Kim, Chur; Kim, Dohyun; Cheong, YeonJoon; Kwon, Dohyeon; Choi, Sun Young; Jeong, Hwanseong; Cha, Sang Jun; Lee, Jeong-Woo; Yeom, Dong-Il; Rotermund, Fabian; Kim, Jungwon

    2015-10-05

    We show the implementation of fiber-pigtailed, evanescent-field-interacting, single-walled carbon nanotube (CNT)-based saturable absorbers (SAs) using standard planar lightwave circuit (PLC) fabrication processes. The implemented PLC-CNT-SA device is employed to realize self-starting, high-repetition-rate, all-fiber ring oscillators at telecommunication wavelength. We demonstrate all-fiber Er ring lasers operating at 303-MHz (soliton regime) and 274-MHz (stretched-pulse regime) repetition-rates. The 303-MHz (274-MHz) laser centered at 1555 nm (1550 nm) provides 7.5 nm (19 nm) spectral bandwidth. After extra-cavity amplilfication, the amplified pulse train of the 303-MHz (274-MHz) laser delivers 209 fs (178 fs) pulses. To our knowledge, this corresponds to the highest repetition-rates achieved for femtosecond lasers employing evanescent-field-interacting SAs. The demonstrated SA fabrication method, which is based on well-established PLC processes, also shows a potential way for mass-producible and lower-cost waveguide-type SA devices suitable for all-fiber and waveguide lasers.

  18. High-energy, sub-100 fs, all-fiber stretched-pulse mode-locked Er-doped ring laser with a highly-nonlinear resonator.

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    Dvoretskiy, Dmitriy A; Lazarev, Vladimir A; Voropaev, Vasiliy S; Rodnova, Zhanna N; Sazonkin, Stanislav G; Leonov, Stanislav O; Pnev, Alexey B; Karasik, Valeriy E; Krylov, Alexander A

    2015-12-28

    We report on ultra-short stretched pulse generation in an all-fiber erbium-doped ring laser with a highly-nonlinear germanosilicate fiber inside the resonator with a slightly positive net-cavity group velocity dispersion (GVD). Stable 84 fs pulses were obtained with a 12 MHz repetition rate at a central wavelength of 1560 nm with a 48.1 nm spectral pulse width (full width at half maximum, FWHM) and 30 mW average output power; this corresponds to the 29.7 kW maximum peak power and 2.5 nJ pulse energy obtained immediately from the oscillator.

  19. All-fiber supercontinuum source based on a mode-locked ytterbium laser with dispersion compensation by linearly chirped Bragg grating.

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    Kivistö, S; Herda, R; Okhotnikov, O G

    2008-01-07

    We demonstrate an all-fiber picosecond soliton laser with dispersion management performed by a chirped Bragg grating that generates ~1.6 ps pulses representing the shortest pulsewidth reported to date using this technology. The large anomalous dispersion provided by the grating allows building of a long-length cavity laser with an extremely low fundamental repetition rate of 2.6 MHz. This source allows us to use an original approach for producing energetic pulses that after boosting in a medium power core-pumped amplifier produce an octave-spanning supercontinuum radiation in a nonlinear photonic crystal fiber.

  20. Passive mode locking in a Ti:sapphire laser using a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber at a wavelength of 810 nm.

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    Khudyakov, Dmitry V; Lobach, Anatoly S; Nadtochenko, Viktor A

    2010-08-15

    We report mode locking in a Ti:sapphire (Ti:Sa) laser at the wavelength of 810 nm using a polymer film with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) applied as a saturable absorber. Pulses with 600 fs duration and 0.4 nJ energy were generated from the Ti:Sa laser with polymer-SWNT composite film for cw passive mode locking.

  1. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS: Picosecond pulse generation in a passively mode-locked Bi-doped fibre laser

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    Krylov, Aleksandr A.; Kryukov, P. G.; Dianov, Evgenii M.; Okhotnikov, Oleg G.

    2009-10-01

    CW passive mode locking is achieved in a bismuth-doped fibre laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror optimised for operation in the range 1100-1200 nm. The pump source is a cw ytterbium fibre laser (1075 nm, maximum output power of 2.7 W), and the pulse parameters can be tuned by varying the intracavity group velocity dispersion using a diffraction grating pair. Stable laser pulses are obtained with a duration down to τp approx 1.1 ps.

  2. Soliton collapse and bunched noise-like pulse generation in a passively mode-locked fiber ring laser.

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    Tang, D; Zhao, L; Zhao, B

    2005-04-04

    A passively mode-locked soliton fiber ring laser with dispersion managed cavity is reported. The laser emits intense bunched noise-like pulses including the transform limited pulses. The optical spectrum of the laser emission has a bandwidth as broad as 32.10 nm. It was found that purely depending on the linear cavity phase delay the laser could be switched between the soliton operation and the noise-like pulse emission. Numerical simulations showed that the laser emission was caused by the combined effect of soliton collapse and positive cavity feedback in the laser.

  3. Generation of 0. 7--0. 8. mu. picosecond pulses in an alexandrite laser with passive mode locking

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    Lisitsyn, V.N.; Matrosov, V.N.; Orekhova, V.P.; Pestryakov, E.V.; Sevast'yanov, B.K.; Trunov, V.I.; Zenin, V.N.; Remigailo, Y.L.

    1982-03-01

    Picosecond pulses of 0.7--0.8 ..mu.. wavelengths were generated in an alexandrite laser as a result of electronic--vibrational transitions /sup 4/T/sub 2/ ..-->.. /sup 4/A/sub 2/+h..omega../sub phonon/. Passive mode locking was ensured by the use of DS1 and DTTS saturable absorbers. The duration of the pulses generated using DS1 was 8 psec at wavelengths of 0.725--0.745 ..mu.., whereas the duration of the pulses generated using DTTS was 90 psec in the range 0.75--0.775 ..mu...

  4. 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).

  5. 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; Ogleznev, A A; Arutyunyan, N R; Pozharov, A S; Obraztsova, E D

    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)

  6. Mode coherence measurements across a 1.5 THz spectral bandwidth of a passively mode-locked quantum dash laser.

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    Watts, Regan; Rosales, Ricardo; Lelarge, Francois; Ramdane, Abderrahim; Barry, Liam

    2012-05-01

    The mode coherence of adjacent and non-adjacent spectral modes of a passively mode locked quantum dash (QDash) semiconductor laser are deduced through radio frequency beat-tone linewidth measurements. A wavelength conversion scheme that uses degenerate four wave mixing in a semiconductor optical amplifier is proposed which considerably extends the mode spacing beyond the limit imposed by conventional fast-photodetection and electrical spectrum analysis of around 100 GHz. Using this scheme, the mode coherence of the QDash laser was measured out to the thirty-first harmonic, or a mode separation of 1.5 THz.

  7. Analysis of locked and unlocked dynamics of a passively mode-locked laser diode under external periodic excitation

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    Avrutin, Evgenii A.; Arnold, John M.; Marsh, John H.

    1996-04-01

    A distributed time-domain model is used for a numerical analysis of the dynamics of a passively mode locked laser diode under external modulation at a frequency close to the round-trip frequency of the laser. The possible dynamical regimes of the laser are identified as synchronization locking, frequency mixing and chaotic dynamics, including a special case of quasi-locking. For the locked regime, steady-state parameters are defined, the crucial role of group-velocity dispersion in achieving locking demonstrated and stages of the locking dynamics and corresponding time constants identified.

  8. High-power passively mode-locked laser at 1062.4  nm based on Nd:LaGGG disordered crystal.

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    Su, Xiancui; Zhao, Ruwei; Zhang, Baitao; Jia, Zhitai; Hou, Jia; He, Jingliang

    2015-03-10

    A diode-pumped passively continuous-wave mode-locked Nd:(La(x)Gd(1-x))3Ga5O12 (Nd:LaGGG) laser at 1062.4 nm with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror was demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. Pulses with duration of 12.78 ps were produced at a repetition rate of 59.8 MHz. A maximum average mode-locked output power of 3.18 W was obtained at the absorbed pumped power of 10.12 W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 35.7% and a peak power of 4.2 kW. As far as we know, this is the highest power obtained in the passively mode-locking operation with Nd3+-doped disordered garnet crystals.

  9. Passive mode locking of a GaSb-based quantum well diode laser emitting at 2.1 μm

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    Merghem, K.; Aubin, G.; Ramdane, A.; Teissier, R.; Baranov, A. N.; Monakhov, A. M.

    2015-09-14

    We demonstrate passive mode locking of a GaSb-based diode laser emitting at 2.1 μm. The active region of the studied device consists in two 10-nm-thick GaInSbAs/GaAlSbAs quantum wells. Passive mode locking has been achieved in a two-section laser with one of the sections used as a saturable absorber. A microwave signal at 20.6 GHz, measured in the electrical circuit of the absorber, corresponds to the fundamental photon round-trip frequency in the laser resonator. The linewidth of this signal as low as ∼10 kHz has been observed at certain operating conditions, indicating low phase noise mode-locked operation.

  10. Sub-300 femtosecond soliton tunable fiber laser with all-anomalous dispersion passively mode locked by black phosphorus.

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    Chen, Yu; Chen, Shuqing; Liu, Jun; Gao, Yanxia; Zhang, Wenjing

    2016-06-13

    By using evanescent field optical deposition method, we had successfully fabricated an effective optoelectronic device based on multi-layer black phosphorus (BP), which is been heavily investigating 2 dimensional (2D) semiconducting material with similar structure as graphene and thickness dependent direct band-gap. By placing this BP-based optoelectronic device inside a highly compact all-anomalous dispersion fiber laser cavity, stable passive mode-locking operation could be ensured and eventually a record 280 fs transmission limited soliton pulse with tunable central wavelength had been obtained through finely tailoring the cavity length. Other operation states, like bound soliton and noise-like state, had also been observed as well. This work demonstrates the enormous potential of BP for ultra-short pulse generation as an effective optoelectronic device.

  11. 2 GHz passively harmonic mode-locked fiber laser by a microfiber-based topological insulator saturable absorber.

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    Luo, Zhi-Chao; Liu, Meng; Liu, Hao; Zheng, Xu-Wu; Luo, Ai-Ping; Zhao, Chu-Jun; Zhang, Han; Wen, Shuang-Chun; Xu, Wen-Cheng

    2013-12-15

    We report on the generation of passive harmonic mode locking of a fiber laser using a microfiber-based topological insulator (TI) Bi(2)Te(3) saturable absorber (SA). The optical deposition method was employed to fabricate the microfiber-based TISA. By virtue of the excellent nonlinear optical property of the proposed TISA, the fiber laser could operate at the pulse repetition rate of 2.04 GHz under a pump power of 126 mW, corresponding to the 418th harmonic of fundamental repetition frequency. The results demonstrate that the microfiber-based TI photonic device can operate as both the high nonlinear optical component and the SA in fiber lasers, and could also find other applications in the related fields of photonics.

  12. Passive mode locking and formation of dissipative solitons in electron oscillators with a bleaching absorber in the feedback loop

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    Ginzburg, N. S.; Kocharovskaya, E. R.; Vilkov, M. N.; Sergeev, A. S.

    2017-01-01

    The mechanisms of passive mode locking and formation of ultrashort pulses in microwave electron oscillators with a bleaching absorber in the feedback loop have been analyzed. It is shown that in the group synchronism regime in which the translational velocity of particles coincides with the group velocity of the electromagnetic wave, the pulse formation can be described by the equations known in the theory of dissipative solitons. At the same time, the regimes in which the translational velocity of electrons differs from the group velocity and the soliton being formed and moving along the electron beam consecutively (cumulatively) receives energy from various electron fractions are optimal for generating pulses with the maximal peak amplitudes.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. High-order harmonic noise-like pulsing of a passively mode-locked double-clad Er/Yb fibre ring laser

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    Pottiez, O.; Hernández-García, J. C.; Ibarra-Escamilla, B.; Kuzin, E. A.; Durán-Sánchez, M.; González-García, A.

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, we study noise-like pulse generation in a km-long fibre ring laser including a double-clad erbium-ytterbium fibre and passively mode-locked through nonlinear polarization evolution. Although single noise-like pulsing is only observed at moderate pump power, pulse energies as high as 120 nJ are reached in this regime. For higher pump power, the pulse splits into several noise-like pulses, which then rearrange into a stable and periodic pulse train. Harmonic mode locking from the 2nd to the 48th orders is readily obtained. At pump powers close to the damage threshold of the setup, much denser noise-like pulse trains are demonstrated, reaching harmonic orders beyond 1200 and repetition frequencies in excess of a quarter of a GHz. The mechanisms leading to noise-like pulse breaking and stable high-order harmonic mode locking are discussed.

  16. 4-ps passively mode-locked Nd:Gd0.5Y0.5VO4 laser with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror.

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    He, Jing-Liang; Fan, Ya-Xian; Du, Juan; Wang, Yong-Gang; Liu, Sheng; Wang, Hui-Tian; Zhang, Lian-Han; Hang, Yin

    2004-12-01

    We have demonstrated a passively mode-locked diode end-pumped all-solid-state laser, which is composed of a Nd:Gd0.5Y0.5VO4 crystal and a folded cavity with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror grown by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition. Stable cw mode locking with a 3.8-ps pulse duration at a repetition rate of 112 MHz was obtained. At 13.6 W of the incident pump power, a clean mode-locked fundamental-mode average output power of 3.9 W was achieved with an overall optical-to-optical efficiency of 29.0%, and the slope efficiency was 38.1%.

  17. 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

  18. Single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber for a diode-pumped passively mode-locked Nd,Y:SrF2 laser

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    Li, Chun; Cai, Wei; Liu, Jie; Su, Liangbi; Jiang, Dapeng; Ma, Fengkai; Zhang, Qian; Xu, Jun; Wang, Yonggang

    2016-08-01

    A reflective single-walled carbon nanotube as saturable absorber has been firstly adopted to a passively mode-locked Nd,Y:SrF2 crystal. Without any dispersion compensation, the stably mode-locked laser delivers pulses with pulse width as short as 1.7 ps, repetition rate of 107.8 MHz and center wavelength of 1056 nm. The oscillator produces maximum average output power of 319 mW corresponding with a high slope efficiency of 20.2%. The single pulse energy and the peak power are 2.96 nJ and 1.74 kW, respectively. The experimental results show that single-walled carbon nanotube is an excellent saturable absorber for mode-locked lasers.

  19. Passive synchronization of erbium and thulium doped fiber mode-locked lasers enhanced by common graphene saturable absorber.

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    Sotor, Jaroslaw; Sobon, Grzegorz; Tarka, Jan; Pasternak, Iwona; Krajewska, Aleksandra; Strupinski, Wlodek; Abramski, Krzysztof M

    2014-03-10

    In this work we present for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, a passively synchronized thulium (Tm) and erbium (Er) doped fiber laser mode-locked by a common graphene saturable absorber (GSA). The laser consists of two ring resonators combined with a 90 cm long common fiber branch incorporating the saturable absorber (SA). Such laser generates optical solitons centered at 1558.5 nm and 1938 nm with pulse durations of 915 fs and 1.57 ps, respectively. Both laser loops were passively synchronized at repetition frequency of 20.5025 MHz by nonlinear interaction (cross phase modulation, XPM) in common fiber branch between generated pulses. The maximum cavity mismatch of the Er-laser in synchronization regime was 0.78 mm. The synchronization mechanism was also investigated. We demonstrate that the third order nonlinearities of graphene enhance the synchronization range. In our case the range was increased about 85%. The integrated RMS timing jitter between the synchronized pulses was 67 fs.

  20. High-power passively mode-locked Nd:YVO(4) laser using SWCNT saturable absorber fabricated by dip coating method.

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    Tang, Chun Yin; Chai, Yang; Long, Hui; Tao, Lili; Zeng, Long Hui; Tsang, Yuen Hong; Zhang, Ling; Lin, Xuechun

    2015-02-23

    Passive mode locked laser is typically achieved by the Semiconductor Saturable absorber Mirror, SESAM, saturable absorber, which is produced by expensive and complicated metal organic chemical vapor deposition method. Carbon based single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT), saturable absorber, is a promising material which is capable to produce stable passive mode-locking in the high power laser cavity over a wide operational wavelength range. This study has successfully demonstrated the high power mode locking laser system operating at 1 micron by using SWCNT based absorbers fabricated by dip coating method. The proposed fabrication method is practical, simple and cost effective for fabricating SWCNT saturable absorber. The demonstrated high power Nd:YVO(4) mode-locked laser operating at 1064nm have maximum output power up to 2.7W,with the 167MHz repetition rate and 3.1 ps pulse duration, respectively. The calculated output pulse energy and peak power are 16.1nJ and 5.2kW, respectively.

  1. Verification of the windings axial clamping forces for high voltage power transformers by using passively mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Şchiopu, IonuÅ£ Romeo; ǎgulinescu, Andrei, Dr; Iordǎnescu, Raluca; Marinescu, Andrei

    2015-02-01

    The current paper describes an optoelectronic method for direct monitoring of the axial clamping forces both in static and in dynamic duty. As advantages of this method we can state that it can be applied both to new and refurbished transformers without performing constructive changes or affecting in any way the transformer safety in operation. For monitoring the axial clamping forces for high-voltage (HV) power transformers, we use an optical fiber that we integrate into the laser cavity of a passively mode-locked fiber laser (PMFL). To each axial clamp corresponds a solitonic optical spectrum that is changed at the periodical passing of the fundamental soliton pulse through the sensitive fiber inside the transformer. Moreover, as a specific characteristic, the laser stability is unique for each set of axial clamping forces. Other important advantages of using an optical fiber as compared to the classical approach in which electronic sensors are used consist in the good reliability and insulator properties of the optical fiber, avoiding any risk of fire or damage of the transformer.

  2. Diode-pumped passively Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser at 1.34 microm with V:YAG saturable absorber.

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    Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Shengzhi; He, Jingliang; Zhang, Baitao; Zuo, Chunhua; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Li, Ming

    2008-12-08

    Using V:YAG as the saturable absorber, a diode-pumped passively Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:GdVO(4) laser at 1.34 microm is realized. Nearly 100% modulation depth of mode-locking has been achieved. The width of the mode-locked pulse is estimated to be less than 460 ps with 125 MHz repetition rate within an about 1 micros-long Q-switched pulse envelope. A maximum output power of 220 mW and Q-switched pulse energy of 10.5 microJ is obtained. Using the hyperbolic secant function methods, a fluctuation rate equation model considering the Gaussian distribution of the intracavity photon density and the population inversion in the gain medium as well as the ground-state population intensity of the saturable absorber has been proposed to describe the mode-locking process of diode-pumped Nd:GdVO(4)/V(3+):YAG laser. With the space-dependent rate equations solved numerically, the theoretical calculations reproduce the laser characteristics well.

  3. 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

  4. 1.61 μm high-order passive harmonic mode locking in a fiber laser based on graphene saturable absorber.

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    Meng, Yichang; Niang, Alioune; Guesmi, Khmaies; Salhi, Mohamed; Sanchez, Francois

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate a passive mode-locked Er:Yb doped double-clad ring fiber laser based on graphene saturable absorber. By adjusting the polarization controller and minimizing the cavity loss, the laser can operate at hundreds of harmonics of the fundamental repetition frequency of the resonator with the central wavelength of 1.61 μm. Up to 683rd harmonic (which corresponds to 5.882 GHz) of the fundamental repetition frequency was achieved.

  5. Thulium/holmium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked by black phosphorus nanoplatelets-based saturable absorber.

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    Yu, Hao; Zheng, Xin; Yin, Ke; Cheng, Xiang'ai; Jiang, Tian

    2015-12-01

    By coupling black phosphorus (BP) nanoplatelets (NPs) with a fiber-taper evanescent light field, a saturable absorber (SA) based on the BP NPs has been successfully fabricated and used in a thulium/holmium-doped fiber laser as the mode locker. The SA had a modulation depth of ∼9.8% measured at 1.93 μm. A stable mode-locking operation at 1898 nm was achieved with a pulse width of 1.58 ps and a fundamental mode-lock repetition rate of 19.2 MHz. By increasing the pump intensity, phenomena of multi-pulsing operations, including harmonic mode-locked states and soliton bunches, were obtained in the experiment, showing that the BP NPs possess an ultrafast optical response time. This work suggests that the BP NPs-based SA is potentially useful for ultrashort, pulsed laser operations in the eye-safe region of 2 μm.

  6. Low-timing-jitter, stretched-pulse passively mode-locked fiber laser with tunable repetition rate and high operation stability

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    Liu, Yuanshan; Zhang, Jian-Guo; Chen, Guofu; Zhao, Wei; Bai, Jing

    2010-09-01

    We design a low-timing-jitter, repetition-rate-tunable, stretched-pulse passively mode-locked fiber laser by using a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM), a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM), and a tunable optical delay line in the laser configuration. Low-timing-jitter optical pulses are stably produced when a SESAM and a 0.16 m dispersion compensation fiber are employed in the laser cavity. By inserting a tunable optical delay line between NALM and SESAM, the variable repetition-rate operation of a self-starting, passively mode-locked fiber laser is successfully demonstrated over a range from 49.65 to 50.47 MHz. The experimental results show that the newly designed fiber laser can maintain the mode locking at the pumping power of 160 mW to stably generate periodic optical pulses with width less than 170 fs and timing jitter lower than 75 fs in the 1.55 µm wavelength region, when the fundamental repetition rate of the laser is continuously tuned between 49.65 and 50.47 MHz. Moreover, this fiber laser has a feature of turn-key operation with high repeatability of its fundamental repetition rate in practice.

  7. Modeling and characterization of pulse shape and pulse train dynamics in two-section passively mode-locked quantum dot lasers

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    Raghunathan, R.; Mee, J. K.; Crowley, M. T.; Grillot, F.; Kovanis, V.; Lester, L. F.

    2013-03-01

    A nonlinear delay differential equation model for passive mode-locking in semiconductor lasers, seeded with parameters extracted from the gain and loss spectra of a quantum dot laser, is employed to simulate and study the dynamical regimes of mode-locked operation of the device. The model parameter ranges corresponding to these regimes are then mapped to externally-controllable parameters such as gain current and absorber bias voltage. Using this approach, a map indicating the approximate regions corresponding to fundamental and harmonically mode locked operation is constructed as a function of gain current and absorber bias voltage. This is shown to be a highly useful method of getting a sense of the highest repetition rates achievable in principle with a simple, two-section device, and provides a guideline toward achieving higher repetition rates by simply adjusting external biasing conditions instantaneously while the device is in operation, as opposed to re-engineering the device with additional passive or saturable absorber sections. The general approach could potentially aid the development of numerical modeling techniques aimed at providing a systematic guideline geared toward developing microwave and RF photonic sources for THz applications.

  8. Optimization of passively mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser with the selectable pulse duration 15-70 ps

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    Frank, Milan; Jelínek, Michal; Vyhlídal, David; Kubeček, Václav

    2016-12-01

    In this paper the optimization of a continuously diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser oscillator in bounce geometry passively mode-locked using semiconductor saturable absorber mirror is presented. In the previous results the Nd:GdVO4 laser system generating 30 ps pulses with the average output power of 6.9 W at the repetition rate of 200 MHz at the wavelength of 1063 nm was reported. Now we are demonstrating up to three times increase of peak power due to the optimization of mode-matching in the laser resonator. Depending on the oscillator configuration we obtained the stable continuously mode-locked operation with pulses having selectable duration from 15 ps to 70 ps with the average output power of 7 W and the repetition rate of 150 MHz.

  9. Noise-like femtosecond pulse in passively mode-locked Tm-doped NALM-based oscillator with small net anomalous dispersion

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    Liu, Shuo; Yan, Feng-Ping; Zhang, Lu-Na; Han, Wen-Guo; Bai, Zhuo-Ya; Zhou, Hong

    2016-01-01

    A passively mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL) based on a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM) is presented. By adjusting the polarization controllers, stable noise-like (NL) mode-locked femtosecond pulse operation is obtained at the 2 μm band. In the experimental period of 200 min, the output power fluctuation is less than 0.06 dB and the 3 dB spectral bandwidth variation is less than 0.02 nm, indicating that the pulsed TDFL possesses good long-term stability. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first 2 μm band NALM-based TDFL with small net anomalous dispersion for a NL femtosecond pulse. At the maximum pump power of 3.52 W, the emitting laser has a NL pulse width of 460 fs, the repetition rate of 9.1 MHz, and the NL pulse energy of 32.72 nJ.

  10. Compression mechanism of subpicosecond pulses by malachite green dye in passively mode-locked rhodamine 6G/DODCI CW dye lasers

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    Watanabe, A.; Hara, M.; Kobayashi, H.; Takemura, H.; Tanaka, S.

    1983-04-01

    The pulse width compression effect of a malachite green (MG) dye upon subpicosecond pulses has been experimentally investigated in a CW passively mode-locked rhodamine 6G/DODCI dye laser. The pulse width reduces as MG concentration increases, and reaches 0.34 ps at 1.5 X 10/sup -6/ M. By adding the MG dye, good mode locking is achieved in a rather wide pumping-power range. A computer simulation of pulse growth has also been carried out by using simple rate equations, in which the fast-recovery component of loss due to the MG dye is taken into account. The simulated results can explain some experimental results qualitatively such as pulse width compression and pumping-power restriction. The pulse width compression results essentially from the fast recovery of cavity loss caused by the MG dye.

  11. Passively Q-switched mode-locking Erbium-doped fiber laser with net-normal dispersion using nonlinear polarization rotation technique

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    Wang, L. Y.; Xu, W. C.; Luo, Z. C.; Cao, W. J.; Luo, A. P.; Dong, J. L.; Wang, H. Y.

    2011-10-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a passively Q-switched mode-locking (QML) operation in an Erbium-doped fiber ring laser with net normal dispersion by using nonlinear polarization rotation technique. A 2 m long section of dispersion compensating fiber (DCF) with extra large positive dispersion was inserted into the cavity to ensure the fiber laser working in the region of net positive dispersion. By carefully adjusting the polarization controller, both uniform dissipative mode-locking pulses with fundamental repetition rate and QML pulse trains with tunable repetition rate from 71.58 to 98.83 kHz are achieved. It is found that the QML operation is caused by the interaction between the polarization state of the pulse and the intracavity polarizer.

  12. Generation of high energy square-wave pulses in all anomalous dispersion Er:Yb passive mode locked fiber ring laser.

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    Semaan, Georges; Ben Braham, Fatma; Salhi, Mohamed; Meng, Yichang; Bahloul, Faouzi; Sanchez, François

    2016-04-18

    We have experimentally demonstrated square pulses emission from a co-doped Er:Yb double-clad fiber laser operating in anomalous dispersion DSR regime using the nonlinear polarization evolution technique. Stable mode-locked pulses have a repetition rate of 373 kHz with 2.27 µJ energy per pulse under a pumping power of 30 W in cavity. With the increase of pump power, both the duration and the energy of the output square pulses broaden. The experimental results demonstrate that the passively mode-locked fiber laser operating in the anomalous regime can also realize a high-energy pulse, which is different from the conventional low-energy soliton pulse.

  13. 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.

  14. Passively Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:GGG laser with a Bi-doped GaAs saturable absorber.

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    Cong, Wen; Li, Dechun; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Li, Xiangyang; Qiao, Hui; Liu, Ji

    2014-06-16

    A simultaneously passively Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) Nd:GGG laser using a Bi-doped GaAs wafer as saturable absorber is accomplished for the first time. The Bi-doped GaAs wafer is fabricated by ion implantation and subsequent annealing. In comparison to the passively QML laser with GaAs, the QML laser with Bi-doped GaAs can generate more stable pulses with 99% modulation depth. The experiment results indicate that the Bi-doped GaAs could be an excellent saturable absorber for diode-pumped QML lasers.

  15. Beta-barium borate and lithium triborate picosecond parametric oscillators pumped by a frequency-tripled passive negative-feedback mode-locked Nd:YAG laser

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    Agnesi, A.; Reali, G. C.; Kubecek, V.; Kumazaki, S.; Takagi, Y.; Yoshihara, K.

    1993-11-01

    This paper reports the operating performance of picosecond lithium triborate and barium borate optical parametric oscillators. Passively feedback controlled actively-passively mode-locked solid-state Nd:YAG laser generated triple amplified pulses of 355-nm radiation are pumped through the OPO. This simple and sturdy OPO is useful for high power conversion and wide tunability, and this study describes the spectral quality, spatial quality, pulse duration, energy, and the conversion efficiency of the OPO's. A theoretical model is developed and successfully predicts the experimental observations.

  16. High-power passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4 oscillator with adjustable pulse duration between 46 ps and 12 ps

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    Nadeau, Marie-Christine; Petit, Stéphane; Balcou, Philippe; Czarny, Romain; Montant, Sébastien; Simon-Boisson, Christophe

    2010-05-01

    We report on a high-power, passively mode-locked, TEM00 Nd:YVO4 oscillator with adjustable pulse duration between 46 and 12ps. The laser is end-pumped by an 888nm laser diode and mode-locking is achieved with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The laser has a repetition rate of 91MHz and the M2 beam quality factor is better than 1.2 at 15ps. At the optimum output coupler, it provides a maximum average output power of 45W with 32ps pulse duration. In literature, the presence of spatial hole burning (SHB) often helps to shorten the pulse length down to few picoseconds. However, SHB might be an issue for some specific application requiring e.g. low noise picosecond oscillators. In this contribution, we demonstrate that it is possible to shorten the pulse duration by lowering the intracavity losses without SHB. Pulse tunability from 46 to 12ps is achieved by changing the output coupler of the cavity while staying in the continuous-wave mode-locked regime. Pulse duration is almost linear with the output coupler transmission and increases from 12 to 32ps with average output power ranging from 15 to 45W. In this range of output power, we demonstrate the shortest pulses directly from a Nd:YVO4 oscillator.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. High-power 880-nm diode-directly-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:YVO₄ laser at 1342 nm with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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    Li, Fang-Qin; Liu, Ke; Han, Lin; Zong, Nan; Bo, Yong; Zhang, Jing-Yuan; Peng, Qin-Jun; Cui, Da-Fu; Xu, Zu-Yan

    2011-04-15

    A high-power 880-nm diode-directly-pumped passively mode-locked 1342 nm Nd:YVO₄ laser was demonstrated with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The laser mode radii in the laser crystal and on the SESAM were optimized carefully using the ABCD matrix formalism. An average output power of 2.3 W was obtained with a repetition rate of 76 MHz and a pulse width of 29.2 ps under an absorbed pump power of 12.1 W, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 19.0% and a slope efficiency of 23.9%, respectively.

  20. Semiconductor optical amplifier-based heterodyning detection for resolving optical terahertz beat-tone signals from passively mode-locked semiconductor lasers

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    Latkowski, Sylwester; Maldonado-Basilio, Ramon; Carney, Kevin; Parra-Cetina, Josue; Philippe, Severine; Landais, Pascal

    2010-08-23

    An all-optical heterodyne approach based on a room-temperature controlled semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) for measuring the frequency and linewidth of the terahertz beat-tone signal from a passively mode-locked laser is proposed. Under the injection of two external cavity lasers, the SOA acts as a local oscillator at their detuning frequency and also as an optical frequency mixer whose inputs are the self-modulated spectrum of the device under test and the two laser beams. Frequency and linewidth of the intermediate frequency signal (and therefore, the beat-tone signal) are resolved by using a photodiode and an electrical spectrum analyzer.

  1. Passively mode-locked pulse generation in a c-cut Nd:LuVO4 laser at 1086 nm with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror

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    Lin, Ja-Hon; Yang, Pao-Keng; Lin, Wei-Cheng

    2012-04-01

    We demonstrate a diode-pumped passively mode-locked (ML) c-cut Nd:LuVO4 laser with central wavelength at 1086 nm by shifting the reflectance band of the SESAM into a longer wavelength to result in larger loss around 1068 nm. At 15 W absorbed pump power, the highest output power of the ML pulse was about 2.6 W that corresponded to the 17.3% optical-to-optical conversion efficiency and the slope efficiency of laser was about 22.9%. Using our ML laser as the light source, we have also successfully measured the saturation fluence of the SESAM at 1086 nm.

  2. Erbium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked with few-layer WSe2/MoSe2 nanosheets

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    Mao, Dong; She, Xiaoyang; Du, Bobo; Yang, Dexing; Zhang, Wending; Song, Kun; Cui, Xiaoqi; Jiang, Biqiang; Peng, Tao; Zhao, Jianlin

    2016-01-01

    Few-layer transition-metal dichalcogenide WSe2/MoSe2 nanosheets are fabricated by a liquid exfoliation technique using sodium deoxycholate bile salt as surfactant, and their nonlinear optical properties are investigated based on a balanced twin-detector measurement scheme. It is demonstrated that both types of nanosheets exhibit nonlinear saturable absorption properties at the wavelength of 1.55 μm. By depositing the nanosheets on side polished fiber (SPF) or mixing the nanosheets with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) solution, SPF-WSe2 saturable absorber (SA), SPF-MoSe2 SA, PVA-WSe2 SA, and PVA-MoSe2 SA are successfully fabricated and further tested in erbium-doped fiber lasers. The SPF-based SA is capable of operating at the high pump regime without damage, and a train of 3252.65 MHz harmonically mode-locked pulses are obtained based on the SPF-WSe2 SA. Soliton mode locking operations are also achieved in the fiber laser separately with other three types of SAs, confirming that the WSe2 and MoSe2 nanosheets could act as cost-effective high-power SAs for ultrafast optics. PMID:27010509

  3. A passively mode-locked fiber laser at 1.54 mum with a fundamental repetition frequency reaching 2 GHz.

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    McFerran, J J; Nenadovic, L; Swann, W C; Schlager, J B; Newbury, N R

    2007-10-01

    We demonstrate a fundamentally mode-locked fiber laser with a repetition frequency in excess of 2 GHz at a central wavelength of 1.535 mum. Co-doped ytterbium-erbium fiber provides the gain medium for the laser, affording high gain per unit length, while a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SAM) provides the pulse shaping mechanism in a standing wave cavity. Results are shown confirming cw mode-locking for 1 GHz and 2 GHz repetition frequency systems. The response of the frequency comb output to pump power variations is shown to follow a single pole response. The timing jitter of a 540MHz repetition-rate laser has been suppressed to below 100 fs through phase-lead compensated feedback to the pump power. Alternatively, a single comb line of a 850MHz repetition-rate laser has been phase-locked to a narrow linewidth cw laser with an in-loop phase jitter of 0.06 rad(2). The laser design is compatible with low-noise oscillator applications.

  4. Erbium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked with few-layer WSe2/MoSe2 nanosheets.

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    Mao, Dong; She, Xiaoyang; Du, Bobo; Yang, Dexing; Zhang, Wending; Song, Kun; Cui, Xiaoqi; Jiang, Biqiang; Peng, Tao; Zhao, Jianlin

    2016-03-24

    Few-layer transition-metal dichalcogenide WSe2/MoSe2 nanosheets are fabricated by a liquid exfoliation technique using sodium deoxycholate bile salt as surfactant, and their nonlinear optical properties are investigated based on a balanced twin-detector measurement scheme. It is demonstrated that both types of nanosheets exhibit nonlinear saturable absorption properties at the wavelength of 1.55 μm. By depositing the nanosheets on side polished fiber (SPF) or mixing the nanosheets with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) solution, SPF-WSe2 saturable absorber (SA), SPF-MoSe2 SA, PVA-WSe2 SA, and PVA-MoSe2 SA are successfully fabricated and further tested in erbium-doped fiber lasers. The SPF-based SA is capable of operating at the high pump regime without damage, and a train of 3252.65 MHz harmonically mode-locked pulses are obtained based on the SPF-WSe2 SA. Soliton mode locking operations are also achieved in the fiber laser separately with other three types of SAs, confirming that the WSe2 and MoSe2 nanosheets could act as cost-effective high-power SAs for ultrafast optics.

  5. Erbium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked with few-layer WSe2/MoSe2 nanosheets

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    Mao, Dong; She, Xiaoyang; Du, Bobo; Yang, Dexing; Zhang, Wending; Song, Kun; Cui, Xiaoqi; Jiang, Biqiang; Peng, Tao; Zhao, Jianlin

    2016-03-01

    Few-layer transition-metal dichalcogenide WSe2/MoSe2 nanosheets are fabricated by a liquid exfoliation technique using sodium deoxycholate bile salt as surfactant, and their nonlinear optical properties are investigated based on a balanced twin-detector measurement scheme. It is demonstrated that both types of nanosheets exhibit nonlinear saturable absorption properties at the wavelength of 1.55 μm. By depositing the nanosheets on side polished fiber (SPF) or mixing the nanosheets with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) solution, SPF-WSe2 saturable absorber (SA), SPF-MoSe2 SA, PVA-WSe2 SA, and PVA-MoSe2 SA are successfully fabricated and further tested in erbium-doped fiber lasers. The SPF-based SA is capable of operating at the high pump regime without damage, and a train of 3252.65 MHz harmonically mode-locked pulses are obtained based on the SPF-WSe2 SA. Soliton mode locking operations are also achieved in the fiber laser separately with other three types of SAs, confirming that the WSe2 and MoSe2 nanosheets could act as cost-effective high-power SAs for ultrafast optics.

  6. Optical frequency comb generator based on a monolithically integrated passive mode-locked ring laser with a Mach-Zehnder interferometer.

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    Corral, V; Guzmán, R; Gordón, C; Leijtens, X J M; Carpintero, G

    2016-05-01

    We report the demonstration of an optical-frequency comb generator based on a monolithically integrated ring laser fabricated in a multiproject wafer run in an active/passive integration process in a generic foundry using standardized building blocks. The device is based on a passive mode-locked ring laser architecture, which includes a Mach-Zehnder interferometer to flatten the spectral shape of the comb output. This structure allows monolithic integration with other optical components, such as optical filters for wavelength selection, or dual wavelength lasers for their stabilization. The results show a -10  dB span of the optical comb of 8.7 nm (1.08 THz), with comb spacing of 10.16 GHz. We also obtain a flatness of 44 lines within a 1.8 dB power variation.

  7. Mode-locked fiber lasers based on doped fiber arrays.

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    Zhang, Xiao; Song, Yanrong

    2014-05-10

    We designed a new kind of mode-locked fiber laser based on fiber arrays, where the central core is doped. A theoretical model is given for an all-fiber self-starting mode-locked laser based on this kind of doped fiber array. Two different kinds of fiber lasers with negative dispersion and positive dispersion are simulated and discussed. The stable mode-locked pulses are generated from initial noise conditions by the realistic parameters. The process of self-starting mode-locking multipulse transition and the relationship between the energy of the central core and the propagation distance of the pulses are discussed. Finally, we analyze the difference between the averaged mode-locked laser and the discrete mode-locked laser.

  8. Experimental demonstration of a passive all-fiber Q-switched erbium- and samarium-doped laser.

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    Preda, Cristina Elena; Ravet, Gautier; Mégret, Patrice

    2012-02-15

    Self-Q-switched operation of the all-fiber laser using erbium and samarium fibers in the cavity is realized experimentally. This passively Q-switched all-fiber laser produces very stable pulses with energy of 142 nJ and duration of 450 ns. The experimental results were well reproduced by the results obtained through the numerical integration of a rate-equations model.

  9. Passively mode-locking Nd:Gd0.5Y0.5VO4 laser with an In0.25Ga0.75As absorber grown at low temperature.

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    Wang, Yong-Gang; Ma, Xiao-Yu; Fan, Ya-Xian; Wang, Hui-Tian

    2005-07-10

    We have demonstrated stable self-starting passive mode locking in a diode-end-pumped Nd:Gd0.5Y0.5VO4 laser by using an In0.25Ga0.75As absorber grown at low temperature (LT In0.25Ga0.75As absorber). An In0.25Ga0.75As single-quantum-well absorber, which was grown directly on the GaAs buffer by use of the metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition technique, acts simultaneously as a passive mode-locking device and as an output coupler. Continuous-wave mode-locked pulses were obtained at 1063.5 nm. We achieved a pulse duration of 2.6 ps and an average output power of 2.15 W at a repetition rate of 96.4 MHz.

  10. Passively mode-locked fiber laser based on a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution

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    Liu, Zhi-Bo; He, Xiaoying; Wang, D. N.

    2011-08-01

    We demonstrate a nanosecond-pulse erbium-doped fiber laser that is passively mode locked by a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution. Owing to the good solution processing capability of few-layered graphene oxide, which can be filled into the core of a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber through a selective hole filling process, a graphene saturable absorber can be successfully fabricated. The output pulses obtained have a center wavelength, pulse width, and repetition rate of 1561.2nm, 4.85ns, and 7.68MHz, respectively. This method provides a simple and efficient approach to integrate the graphene into the optical fiber system.

  11. Passively mode-locked fiber laser based on a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution.

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    Liu, Zhi-Bo; He, Xiaoying; Wang, D N

    2011-08-15

    We demonstrate a nanosecond-pulse erbium-doped fiber laser that is passively mode locked by a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution. Owing to the good solution processing capability of few-layered graphene oxide, which can be filled into the core of a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber through a selective hole filling process, a graphene saturable absorber can be successfully fabricated. The output pulses obtained have a center wavelength, pulse width, and repetition rate of 1561.2 nm, 4.85 ns, and 7.68 MHz, respectively. This method provides a simple and efficient approach to integrate the graphene into the optical fiber system.

  12. Effects of spatial hole burning in 888 nm pumped, passively mode-locked high-power Nd:YVO4 lasers

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    Schäfer, C.; Theobald, C.; Wallenstein, R.; L'huillier, J. A.

    2011-03-01

    We report on an experimental study of 888 nm pumped, passively mode-locked, high-power Nd:YVO4 lasers with an enhanced cavity design, involving spatial hole burning (SHB) in the active medium. We observed a significant pulse shortening due to the concept of "Gain-at-the end," despite using long gain length up to 30 mm. A 31.6 W average output power TEM00 Nd:YVO4 oscillator, providing 16.2 ps pulses at an repetition rate of 96 MHz is presented. The pulse duration turns out to be primarily a function of the effective gain length, which can be explained by means of SHB. A further pulse shortening with decreasing gain length down to 9.5 ps at 11.1 W average output power is demonstrated.

  13. Investigations of Q-switching and mode locking in diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with passive saturable absorbers

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    Kwiatkowski, Jacek; Jabczynski, Jan K.; Zendzian, Waldemar

    2005-03-01

    The saturable absorbers (Cr4+:YAG, GaAs and LiF crystals for 1064-nm wavelength, V3+:YAG crystals for 1340-nm respectively) were examined as passive Mode Lockers and Q-switches in diode pumped Nd:YVO4 lasers in the Z-type resonators. In each case, partially modulated long trains of QML pulses were observed. As a rule, envelopes with about 1 μs duration and more than 50% depth of modulation were observed. For stabilization of the mode locking trains nonlinear crystals (KTP or LBO) as negative feedback elements were inserted. The fully modulated QML trains for intracavity II harmonic conversion at 670-nm wavelength in V3+:YAG Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser with LBO crystal were demonstrated.

  14. The formation of various multi-soliton patterns and noise-like pulse in a fiber laser passively mode-locked by a topological insulator based saturable absorber

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    Chen, Yu; Wu, Man; Tang, Pinghua; Chen, Shuqing; Du, Juan; Jiang, Guobao; Li, Ying; Zhao, Chujun; Zhang, Han; Wen, Shuangchun

    2014-05-01

    We experimentally investigated the formation of various multi-soliton patterns and noise-like (NL) pulses in an erbium-doped fiber laser passively mode-locked by a new type of saturable absorber: topological insulator. With the increase of pump power, various multi-soliton operation states—ordered, chaotic and bunched multiple-soliton—were subsequently obtained. Once the pump power exceeds 401 mW, an NL pulse state emerged, with a maximum 3 dB bandwidth of about 9.3 nm. This systematic study clearly demonstrated that a topological insulator could be an effective saturable absorber for the formation of various soliton operation states in a fiber laser cavity.

  15. A 31 mW, 280 fs passively mode-locked fiber soliton laser using a high heat-resistant SWNT/P3HT saturable absorber coated with siloxane.

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    Ono, Takato; Hori, Yuichiro; Yoshida, Masato; Hirooka, Toshihiko; Nakazawa, Masataka; Mata, Junji; Tsukamoto, Jun

    2012-10-08

    We report a substantial increase in the heat resistance in a connector-type single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) saturable absorber by sealing SWNT/P3HT composite with siloxane. By applying the saturable absorber to a passively mode-locked Er fiber laser, we successfully demonstrated 280 fs, 31 mW pulse generation with a fivefold improvement in heat resistance.

  16. 100 W all fiber picosecond MOPA laser.

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    Chen, Sheng-Ping; Chen, Hong-Wei; Hou, Jing; Liu, Ze-Jin

    2009-12-21

    A high power picosecond laser is constructed in an all fiber master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) configuration. The seed source is an ytterbium-doped single mode fiber laser passively mode-locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). It produces 20 mW average power with 13 ps pulse width and 59.8 MHz repetition rate. A direct amplification of this seed source encounters obvious nonlinear effects hence serious spectral broadening at only ten watt power level. To avoid these nonlinear effects, we octupled the repetition rate to about 478 MHz though a self-made all fiber device before amplification. The ultimate output laser exhibits an average power of 96 W, a pulse width of 16 ps, a beam quality M2 of less than 1.5, and an optical conversion efficiency of 61.5%.

  17. Developments in mode-locked lasers and their applications

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    Siegman, A. E.

    1982-01-01

    The most important recent advance with respect to mode locking has been the development of 'colliding-pulse' mode locking. An important extension to this method is reported. According to this extension, the colliding pulse function is obtained by making use of an 'antiresonant ring' laser cavity. The new concept has been applied to a flash-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:YAG laser in a number of experiments. Attention is given to mode locking of a self-pumped phase conjugate laser, picosecond photoacoustic experiments, and picosecond pulses on semiconductor surfaces.

  18. Ytterbium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked by few-layer Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) saturable absorber functioned with evanescent field interaction

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    Du, Juan; Wang, Qingkai; Jiang, Guobao; Xu, Changwen; Zhao, Chujun; Xiang, Yuanjiang; Chen, Yu; Wen, Shuangchun; Zhang, Han

    2014-01-01

    By coupling few-layer Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) with fiber-taper evanescent light field, a new type of MoS2 based nonlinear optical modulating element had been successfully fabricated as a two-dimensional layered saturable absorber with strong light-matter interaction. This MoS2-taper-fiber device is not only capable of passively mode-locking an all-normal-dispersion ytterbium-doped fiber laser and enduring high power laser excitation (up to 1 W), but also functions as a polarization sensitive optical modulating component (that is, different polarized light can induce different nonlinear optical response). Thanks to the combined advantages from the strong nonlinear optical response in MoS2 together with the sufficiently-long-range interaction between light and MoS2, this device allows for the generation of high power stable dissipative solitons at 1042.6 nm with pulse duration of 656 ps and a repetition rate of 6.74 MHz at a pump power of 210 mW. Our work may also constitute the first example of MoS2-enabled wave-guiding photonic device, and potentially give some new insights into two-dimensional layered materials related photonics. PMID:25213108

  19. Ytterbium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked by few-layer Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) saturable absorber functioned with evanescent field interaction.

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    Du, Juan; Wang, Qingkai; Jiang, Guobao; Xu, Changwen; Zhao, Chujun; Xiang, Yuanjiang; Chen, Yu; Wen, Shuangchun; Zhang, Han

    2014-09-12

    By coupling few-layer Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) with fiber-taper evanescent light field, a new type of MoS2 based nonlinear optical modulating element had been successfully fabricated as a two-dimensional layered saturable absorber with strong light-matter interaction. This MoS2-taper-fiber device is not only capable of passively mode-locking an all-normal-dispersion ytterbium-doped fiber laser and enduring high power laser excitation (up to 1 W), but also functions as a polarization sensitive optical modulating component (that is, different polarized light can induce different nonlinear optical response). Thanks to the combined advantages from the strong nonlinear optical response in MoS2 together with the sufficiently-long-range interaction between light and MoS2, this device allows for the generation of high power stable dissipative solitons at 1042.6 nm with pulse duration of 656 ps and a repetition rate of 6.74 MHz at a pump power of 210 mW. Our work may also constitute the first example of MoS2-enabled wave-guiding photonic device, and potential y give some new insights into two-dimensional layered materials related photonics.

  20. Theoretical and experimental study on passive mode-locking composite Nd:GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4 lasers

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    Wang, X. M.; Li, G. Q.; Zhao, S. Z.; Li, S. X.; Zhang, L.; Guo, Y. J.

    2016-12-01

    Stable passive mode-locking multi-segment composite Nd:GdVO4 lasers with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror were demonstrated for the first time. For the composite crystals, the output power increased linearly with the increase of the incident pump power, showing excellent thermo-mechanical performances. While for the conventional crystal, power saturation was observed when the incident pump power exceeded 8.79 W. The maximum average output power of 1.465 W was achieved by Nd(0.1%):GdVO4/Nd(0.5%):GdVO4/Nd(1%):GdVO4 composite crystal at an incident pump power of 9.28 W. The largest pulse energy of 14.90 nJ and the highest peak power of 0.53 kW with a pulse duration of 28.0 ps were also obtained by using the same composite crystal, revealing that the multi-segment composite crystal with a proper combination of Nd3+-doped concentrations could obtain the optimal laser performance.

  1. 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.

  2. Actively mode-locked Raman fiber laser.

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    Yang, Xuezong; Zhang, Lei; Jiang, Huawei; Fan, Tingwei; Feng, Yan

    2015-07-27

    Active mode-locking of Raman fiber laser is experimentally investigated for the first time. An all fiber connected and polarization maintaining loop cavity of ~500 m long is pumped by a linearly polarized 1120 nm Yb fiber laser and modulated by an acousto-optic modulator. Stable 2 ns width pulse train at 1178 nm is obtained with modulator opening time of > 50 ns. At higher power, pulses become longer, and second order Raman Stokes could take place, which however can be suppressed by adjusting the open time and modulation frequency. Transient pulse evolution measurement confirms the absence of relaxation oscillation in Raman fiber laser. Tuning of repetition rate from 392 kHz to 31.37 MHz is obtained with harmonic mode locking.

  3. 763 fs Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2SiO5 laser with a graphene oxide absorber mirror

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    Zhu, Hongtong; Cai, Wei; Wei, Jiafeng; Liu, Jie; Zheng, Lihe; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun; Wang, Yonggang

    2015-05-01

    Based on a graphene oxide absorber mirror, the laser-diode pumped mode-locked Yb:Y2SiO5 (Yb:YSO) laser was demonstrated for the first time. The laser generated pulses with pulse duration as short as ~763 fs and average output power of 700 mW at the central wavelength of 1059 nm. The corresponding peak power and energy of a single pulse were ~8.6 kW and ~7.4 nJ, respectively. To our best knowledge, this is the shortest bulk mode-locked laser based on graphene oxide.

  4. Mode-locked fiber laser based on chalcogenide microwires.

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    Al-Kadry, Alaa; El Amraoui, Mohammed; Messaddeq, Younès; Rochette, Martin

    2015-09-15

    We report the first mode-locked fiber laser using a chalcogenide microwire as the nonlinear medium. The laser is passively mode-locked with nonlinear polarization rotation and can be adjusted for the emission of solitons or noise-like pulses. The use of the microwire leads to a mode-locking threshold at the microwatt level and shortens the cavity length by 4 orders of magnitude with respect to other lasers of its kind. The controlled birefringence of the microwire, combined with a linear polarizer in the cavity, enables multiwavelength laser operation with tunable central wavelength, switchable wavelength separation, and a variable number of laser wavelengths.

  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. Optimization of the pulse-width of diode-pumped passively Q-switched mode-locked c-cut Nd:GdVO4 laser with a GaAs saturable absorber.

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    Han, Chao; Zhao, Shengzhi; Li, Dechun; Li, Guiqiu; Yang, Kejian; Zhang, Gang; Cheng, Kang

    2011-11-01

    By considering the single-photon absorption and two-photon absorption processes in the GaAs saturable absorber, the coupled rate equations for a diode-pumped passively Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) laser with GaAs coupler under Gaussian approximation are given. These rate equations are solved numerically. The key parameters of an optimally coupled passively QML laser with the shortest pulse-width envelope are determined. These key parameters include the parameters of the gain medium, the saturable absorber, and the resonator, which can minimize the pulse-width of a singly Q-switched envelope. Sample calculations for a diode-pumped passively Q-switched mode-locked c-cut Nd:GdVO(4) laser with a GaAs coupler are presented to demonstrate that the shortest pulse-width envelope can be obtained by selecting the optimal small-signal transmission of the saturable absorber and the reflectivity of the output mirror.

  7. Passively Q-switched erbium all-fiber lasers by use of thulium-doped saturable-absorber fibers.

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    Tsai, Tzong-Yow; Fang, Yen-Cheng; Hung, Shih-Hao

    2010-05-10

    We demonstrate all-fiber passively Q-switched erbium lasers at 1570 nm using Tm(3+)-doped saturable-absorber fibers. The absorption cross section of a Tm(3+)-doped fiber at 1570 nm was measured in a bleaching experiment to be about 1.44 x 10(-20) cm(2). With a thulium-doped fiber, sequential pulses with a pulse energy of 9 microJ and a pulse duration of about 420 ns were stably produced at repetition rates in the range 0.1 to 2 kHz. The maximum pulse repetition rate was 6 kHz, limited by the maximum pump power of a 980-nm laser diode, about 230 mW.

  8. 157 W all-fiber high-power picosecond laser.

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    Song, Rui; Hou, Jing; Chen, Shengping; Yang, Weiqiang; Lu, Qisheng

    2012-05-01

    An all-fiber high-power picosecond laser is constructed in a master oscillator power amplifier configuration. The self-constructed fiber laser seed is passively mode locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. Average output power of 157 W is obtained after three stages of amplification at a fundamental repetition rate of 60 MHz. A short length of ytterbium double-clad fiber with a high doping level is used to suppress nonlinear effects. However, a stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) effect occurs owing to the 78 kW high peak power. A self-made all-fiber repetition rate increasing system is used to octuple the repetition rate and decrease the high peak power. Average output power of 156.6 W is obtained without SRS under the same pump power at a 480 MHz repetition rate with 0.6 nm line width.

  9. Fast wavelength-tunable picosecond pulses from a passively mode-locked Er fiber laser using a galvanometer-driven intracavity filter.

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    Ozeki, Yasuyuki; Tashiro, Daigo

    2015-06-15

    We experimentally investigate fast wavelength-tuning characteristics of a polarization-maintaining Er fiber laser, which is mode-locked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. Wavelength tuning was accomplished with an intracavity filter incorporating a galvanometer mirror and a diffraction grating. Within the tunability of 30 nm, we achieved a wavelength-tuning speed of <5 ms. We also show that the variation of repetition rates can be suppressed to <200 Hz by simply shifting the position of the grating. The presented scheme for generating wavelength-tunable pulses will be potentially useful for coherent Raman spectral imaging.

  10. 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.

  11. Passively synchronized Q-switched and mode-locked dual-band Tm(3+):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

    2016-11-02

    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 (Tm(3+):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.

  12. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27804993

  13. 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.

  14. Microfiber-based few-layer MoS2 saturable absorber for 2.5 GHz passively harmonic mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Liu, Meng; Zheng, Xu-Wu; Qi, You-Li; Liu, Hao; Luo, Ai-Ping; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Xu, Wen-Cheng; Zhao, Chu-Jun; Zhang, Han

    2014-09-22

    We reported on the generation of high-order harmonic mode-locking in a fiber laser using a microfiber-based molybdenum disulfide (MoS(2)) saturable absorber (SA). Taking advantage of both the saturable absorption and large third-order nonlinear susceptibilities of the few-layer MoS(2), up to 2.5 GHz repetition rate HML pulse could be obtained at a pump power of 181 mW, corresponding to 369th harmonic of fundamental repetition frequency. The results provide the first demonstration of the simultaneous applications of both highly nonlinear and saturable absorption effects of the MoS(2), indicating that the microfiber-based MoS(2) photonic device could serve as high-performance SA and highly nonlinear optical component for application fields such as ultrafast nonlinear optics.

  15. Experimental investigation of high-energy wave-breaking-free-pulse generation in bidirectional-pumping all-fiber laser.

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    Liu, Xueming; Mao, Dong; Wang, Leiran; Duan, Lina

    2011-04-01

    We report a passively mode-locked all-fiber laser with bidirectional pumping, emitting high-energy wave-breaking-free pulses. Experimental investigations show that forward and backward pump powers mainly contribute on the chirp and the nonlinear phase shift of pulses, respectively. Nonlinear chirp pulses with 50 nJ pulse energy, 340 ps duration at a 8.2 MHz repetition rate are directly emitted from the all-fiber laser pumped by two 550 mW, 977 nm laser diodes. The pulses cannot be compressed to near the transform limit, showing that the chirp of pulses is nonlinear.

  16. 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

  17. 7.6  W 1342  nm passively mode-locked picosecond composite Nd:YVO4/YVO4 laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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    Tu, Wei; Chen, Ying; Zong, Nan; Liu, Ke; Wang, Zhi-Min; Zhang, Feng-Feng; Zhang, Shen-Jin; Yang, Feng; Yuan, Lei; Bo, Yong; Peng, Qin-Jun; Cui, Da-Fu; Xu, Zu-Yan

    2015-04-10

    A high average power 1342 nm passively CW mode-locked picoseconds (ps) composite Nd:YVO4 laser was demonstrated with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The oscillator cavity was carefully designed to optimize the laser beam radii in the crystal and on the SESAM. The combination of composite bonded laser crystal, direct pumping, and dual end-pumped configuration was adopted to reduce the thermal effect and produce high output power with high beam quality. A maximum average output power of 7.63 W was obtained with a repetition rate of 77 MHz and a pulse duration of 24.2 ps under an absorbed pump power of 38.6 W, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 19.7% and a slope efficiency of 25.9%, respectively. The beam quality factor M(2) was measured to be 1.49.

  18. 948 kHz repetition rate, picosecond pulse duration, all-PM 1.03 μm mode-locked fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization evolution

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    Boivinet, S.; Lecourt, J.-B.; Hernandez, Y.; Fotiadi, A.; Mégret, P.

    2014-05-01

    We present in this study a PM all-fiber laser oscillator passively mode-locked (ML) at 1.03 μm. The laser is based on Nonlinear Polarization Evolution (NPE) in polarization maintaining (PM) fibers. In order to obtain the mode-locking regime, a nonlinear reflective mirror including a fibered polarizer, a long fiber span and a fibered Faraday mirror (FM) is inserted in a Fabry-Perot laser cavity. In this work we explain the principles of operation of this original laser design that permits to generate ultrashort pulses at low repetition (lower that 1MHz) rate with a cavity length of 100 m of fiber. In this experiment, the measured pulse duration is about 6 ps. To our knowledge this is the first all-PM mode-locked laser based on the NPE with a cavity of 100m length fiber and a delivered pulse duration of few picosecondes. Furthermore, the different mode-locked regimes of the laser, i.e. multi-pulse, noise-like mode-locked and single pulse, are presented together with the ways of controlling the apparition of these regimes. When the single pulse mode-locking regime is achieved, the laser delivers linearly polarized pulses in a very stable way. Finally, this study includes numerical results which are obtained with the resolution of the NonLinear Schrodinger Equations (NLSE) with the Split-Step Fourier (SSF) algorithm. This modeling has led to the understanding of the different modes of operation of the laser. In particular, the influence of the peak power on the reflection of the nonlinear mirror and its operation are studied.

  19. Additive mode locking based on a nonlinear loop mirror ring laser

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    Kbashi, Hani J

    2012-03-31

    We present an experimental demonstration of additive pulse mode locking based on a nonlinear loop mirror ring laser. The proposed design uses nonlinear phase shifts induced by a loop mirror. The results show that interference between two overlapping pulses from two coupled fibres, containing a nonlinear medium for power-dependent phase modulation, leads to pulse compression, and can provide mode locking with different repetition rates depending on the interplay or combination between the modulated frequency (active mode locking) and the nonlinearity (passive mode locking) generated in the loop mirror.

  20. Optimum phase noise reduction and repetition rate tuning in quantum-dot mode-locked lasers

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    Habruseva, T.; Arsenijević, D.; Kleinert, M.; Bimberg, D.; Huyet, G.; Hegarty, S. P.

    2014-01-13

    Competing approaches exist, which allow control of phase noise and frequency tuning in mode-locked lasers, but no judgement of pros and cons based on a comparative analysis was presented yet. Here, we compare results of hybrid mode-locking, hybrid mode-locking with optical injection seeding, and sideband optical injection seeding performed on the same quantum dot laser under identical bias conditions. We achieved the lowest integrated jitter of 121 fs and a record large radio-frequency (RF) tuning range of 342 MHz with sideband injection seeding of the passively mode-locked laser. The combination of hybrid mode-locking together with optical injection-locking resulted in 240 fs integrated jitter and a RF tuning range of 167 MHz. Using conventional hybrid mode-locking, the integrated jitter and the RF tuning range were 620 fs and 10 MHz, respectively.

  1. High average power picosecond pulse generation from a thulium-doped all-fiber MOPA system.

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    Liu, Jiang; Wang, Qian; Wang, Pu

    2012-09-24

    We report a stable highly-integrated high power picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber MOPA system without using conventional chirped pulse amplification technique. The master oscillator was passively mode-locked by a SESAM to generate average power of 15 mW at a fundamental repetition rate of 103 MHz in a short linear cavity, and a uniform narrow bandwidth FBG is employed to stabilize the passively mode-locked laser operation. Two-stage double-clad thulium-doped all-fiber amplifiers were used directly to boost average power to 20.7 W. The laser center wavelength was 1962.8 nm and the pulse width was 18 ps. The single pulse energy and peak-power after the amplication were 200 nJ and 11.2 kW respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average power ever reported for a picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber MOPA system.

  2. High-power linearly-polarized picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber master-oscillator power-amplifier.

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    Liu, Jiang; Liu, Chen; Shi, Hongxing; Wang, Pu

    2016-06-27

    We demonstrated a linearly-polarized picosecond thulium-doped all-fiber-integrated master-oscillator power-amplifier system, which yielded 240 W of average output power at 127 MHz repetition rate. The seed source is a passively mode-locked polarization-maintaining thulium-doped all-fiber oscillator with a nearly transform-limited pulse duration of 10 ps. In combination with a pre-chirp fiber having a positive group velocity dispersion and a three stage polarization-maintaining thulium-doped all-fiber amplifier, output pulse energies up to 1.89 µJ with 42 kW pulse peak power are obtained without the need of complex free-space stretcher or compressor setups. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average output power ever reported for a picosecond all-fiber-integrated laser at 2 µm wavelength region.

  3. Study of a harmonic mode lock stability under external continuous-wave injection

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    Semaan, Georges; Komarov, Andrey; Salhi, Mohamed; Sanchez, François

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, we investigate experimentally the effect of an injected continuous external optical laser in a stable passive harmonic mode-locked fiber laser operating in the anomalous dispersion regime. Under specific conditions, the continuous-wave significantly increases the stability of the harmonic mode-locked regime. This occurs for a discrete set of wavelengths and below a critical injected power.

  4. Subharmonic Fourier domain mode locking.

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    Eigenwillig, Christoph M; Wieser, Wolfgang; Biedermann, Benjamin R; Huber, Robert

    2009-03-15

    We demonstrate a subharmonically Fourier domain mode-locked wavelength-swept laser source with a substantially reduced cavity fiber length. In contrast to a standard Fourier domain mode-locked configuration, light is recirculated repetitively in the delay line with the optical bandpass filter used as switch. The laser has a fundamental optical round trip frequency of 285 kHz and can be operated at integer fractions thereof (subharmonics). Sweep ranges up to 95 nm full width centred at 1317 nm are achieved at the 1/5th subharmonic. A maximum sensitivity of 116 dB and an axial resolution of 12 microm in air are measured at an average sweep power of 12 mW. A sensitivity roll-off of 11 dB over 4 mm and 25 dB over 10 mm is observed and optical coherence tomography imaging is demonstrated. Besides the advantage of a reduced fiber length, subharmonic Fourier domain mode locking (shFDML) enables simple scaling of the sweep speed by extracting light from the delay part of the resonator. A sweep rate of 570 kHz is achieved. Characteristic features of shFDML operation, such as power leakage during fly-back and cw breakthrough, are investigated.

  5. All-fiber passively Q-switched 604  nm praseodymium laser with a Bi2Se3 saturable absorber.

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    Lin, Hui-Yu; Li, Wen-Song; Lan, Jing-Long; Guan, Xiao-Feng; Xu, Hui-Ying; Cai, Zhi-Ping

    2017-02-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a simple passively Q-switched praseodymium (Pr3+)-doped all-fiber laser at 604 nm with a Bi2Se3 saturable absorber (SA). A Bi2Se3/polyvinyl alcohol composite film is sandwiched between two ferrules to construct a fiber-compatible Q-switcher. Two fiber end facet mirrors build a compact-linear resonator. The repetition rate of the achieved 604 nm Q-switching pulse can be widely tuned from 86.2 to 187.4 kHz, and the pulse duration can be as narrow as 494 ns. To the best of our knowledge, this is the shortest operation wavelength of a Bi2Se3-based pulsed all-fiber laser at 604 nm.

  6. All fiber laser using a ring cavity

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    Flores, Alberto Varguez; Pérez, Georgina Beltrán; Aguirre, Severino Muñoz; Mixcóatl, Juan Castillo

    2008-04-01

    Mode-locked laser have a number of potential applications, depending on the wavelength and pulse width. They could be used as sources in communications systems for time division multiplexing (TDM) or wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) as spectroscopic tools in the laboratory for time-resolved studies of fast nonlinear phenomena in semiconductors, or as seeds for solid-state amplifers such as Nd:Glass, color center alexandrite, or Ti:Sapphire. Short pulses also have potential use in electro-optic sampling systems, as a source for pulsed sensors, or as tunable seed pulses for lasers in medical applications. Applications such as optical coherent tomography could take advantage of the broad bandwidth of a mode-locked fiber laser rather that the temporal ultra-short pulse width. This work shows the characterization of active mode-locking all-fiber laser by using an acousto-optic frequency shifter to the ring cavity, an erbium doped fiber (EDF) and polarization controllers (PC). The results shows a highly stable mode-locked, low noise of pulse generation with repetition rate of 10 MHz and width of 1.6 ns

  7. All-fiber wavelength-tunable picosecond nonlinear reflectivity measurement setup for characterization of semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors

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    Viskontas, K.; Rusteika, N.

    2016-09-01

    Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) is the key component for many passively mode-locked ultrafast laser sources. Particular set of nonlinear parameters is required to achieve self-starting mode-locking or avoid undesirable q-switch mode-locking for the ultra-short pulse laser. In this paper, we introduce a novel all-fiber wavelength-tunable picosecond pulse duration setup for the measurement of nonlinear properties of saturable absorber mirrors at around 1 μm center wavelength. The main advantage of an all-fiber configuration is the simplicity of measuring the fiber-integrated or fiber-pigtailed saturable absorbers. A tunable picosecond fiber laser enables to investigate the nonlinear parameters at different wavelengths in ultrafast regime. To verify the capability of the setup, nonlinear parameters for different SESAMs with low and high modulation depth were measured. In the operating wavelength range 1020-1074 nm, <1% absolute nonlinear reflectivity accuracy was demonstrated. Achieved fluence range was from 100 nJ/cm2 to 2 mJ/cm2 with corresponding intensity from 10 kW/cm2 to 300 MW/cm2.

  8. A femtosecond hybrid mode-locking fiber ring laser at 409 MHz

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    Wei, Xiaoming; Xu, Shanhui; Huang, Huichang; Peng, Mingying; Yang, Zhongmin

    2013-08-01

    We report on a 312 fs all-fiber ring laser with a fundamental repetition rate of 409 MHz based on an Er3+/Yb3+ codoped phosphate glass fiber, which is only 5.0 cm in length. Such a high repetition rate femtosecond fiber laser is realized by combining an optical integrated module and a hybrid mode-locking method, where a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror ensures the self-starting mode-locking and a nonlinear polarization evolution technique provides a pulse shortening mechanism. With a transmission-type saturable absorber, the fundamental repetition rate of a hybrid mode-locking all-fiber ring laser is expected to be further scaled up with a much more compact cavity structure.

  9. All-fiber dual wavelength passive Q-switched fiber laser using a dispersion-decreasing taper fiber in a nonlinear loop mirror.

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    Ahmad, Harith; Dernaika, Mohamad; Harun, Sulaiman Wadi

    2014-09-22

    This paper describes a proposal and successful demonstration of a dual wavelength all-fiber passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber ring laser. The Q-switch operation was realized by using a nonlinear loop mirror that incorporated an unbalanced dispersion-decreasing taper fiber to act as a saturable absorber without additional elements. This setup enabled a fiber ring laser to achieve a performance of 48.7 kHz repetition rate with pulse duration of around 3.2 μs and approximate pulse energy of 20 nJ.

  10. Three-mode mode-division-multiplexing passive optical network over 12-km low mode-crosstalk FMF using all-fiber mode MUX/DEMUX

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    Ren, Fang; Li, Juhao; Wu, Zhongying; Hu, Tao; Yu, Jinyi; Mo, Qi; He, Yongqi; Chen, Zhangyuan; Li, Zhengbin

    2017-01-01

    We propose three-mode mode-division-multiplexing passive optical network (MDM-PON) based on low mode-crosstalk few-mode fiber (FMF) and all-fiber mode multiplexer/demultiplexer (MUX/DEMUX). The FMF with step-index profile is designed and fabricated for effectively three-independent-spatial-mode transmission and low mode-crosstalk for MDM-PON transmission. The all-fiber mode MUX/DEMUX are composed of cascaded mode selective couplers (MSCs), which simultaneously multiplex or demultiplex multiple modes. Based on the low mode-crosstalk of the FMF and all-fiber mode MUX/DEMUX, each optical network unit (ONU) communicates with the optical line terminal (OLT) independently utilizing a different optical linearly polarized (LP) spatial mode in MDM-PON system. We experimentally demonstrate MDM-PON transmission of three independent-spatial-modes over 12-km FMF with 10-Gb/s optical on-off keying (OOK) signal and direct detection.

  11. Mode Locking of Lasers with Atomic Layer Graphene

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    2012-07-01

    saturable absorption of the atomic layer graphene different forms of passive laser mode lockers were fabricated. These are the fiber pigtailed...ranging from 1m to 2m. The vector solitons operation of a graphene mode locked erbium fiber laser was experimentally investigated. 1...or fiber lasers; d) to use the modern material fabrication techniques to improve the performance of the graphene -based mode lockers. 3

  12. Diode-pumped mode-locked femtosecond Tm:CLNGG disordered crystal laser.

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    Ma, J; Xie, G Q; Gao, W L; Yuan, P; Qian, L J; Yu, H H; Zhang, H J; Wang, J Y

    2012-04-15

    A diode-end-pumped passively mode-locked femtosecond Tm-doped calcium lithium niobium gallium garnet (Tm:CLNGG) disordered crystal laser was demonstrated for the first time to our knowledge. With a 790 nm laser diode pumping, stable CW mode-locking operation was obtained by using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The disordered crystal laser generated mode-locked pulses as short as 479 fs, with an average output power of 288 mW, and repetition rate of 99 MHz in 2 μm spectral region.

  13. 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.

  14. High power L-band mode-locked fiber laser based on topological insulator saturable absorber.

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    Meng, Yichang; Semaan, Georges; Salhi, Mohamed; Niang, Alioune; Guesmi, Khmaies; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Sanchez, Francois

    2015-09-07

    We demonstrate a passive mode-locked Er:Yb doped double-clad fiber laser using a microfiber-based topological insulator (Bi(2)Se(3)) saturable absorber (TISA). By optimizing the cavity loss and output coupling ratio, the mode-locked fiber laser can operate in L-band with high average output power. With the highest pump power of 5 W, 91st harmonic mode locking of soliton bunches with average output power of 308 mW was obtained. This is the first report that the TISA based erbium-doped fiber laser operating above 1.6 μm and is also the highest output power yet reported in TISA based passive mode-locked fiber laser.

  15. Self-mode-locking semiconductor disk laser.

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    Gaafar, Mahmoud; Richter, Philipp; Keskin, Hakan; Möller, Christoph; Wichmann, Matthias; Stolz, Wolfgang; Rahimi-Iman, Arash; Koch, Martin

    2014-11-17

    The development of mode-locked semiconductor disk lasers received striking attention in the last 14 years and there is still a vast potential of such pulsed lasers to be explored and exploited. While for more than one decade pulsed operation was strongly linked to the employment of a saturable absorber, self-mode-locking emerged recently as an effective and novel technique in this field - giving prospect to a reduced complexity and improved cost-efficiency of such lasers. In this work, we highlight recent achievements regarding self-mode-locked semiconductor devices. It is worth to note, that although nonlinear effects in the active medium are expected to give rise to self-mode-locking, this has to be investigated with care in future experiments. However, there is a controversy whether results presented with respect to self-mode-locking truly show mode-locking. Such concerns are addressed in this work and we provide a clear evidence of mode-locking in a saturable-absorber-free device. By using a BBO crystal outside the cavity, green light originating from second-harmonic generation using the out-coupled laser beam is demonstrated. In addition, long-time-span pulse trains as well as radiofrequency-spectra measurements are presented for our sub-ps pulses at 500 MHz repetition rate which indicate the stable pulse operation of our device. Furthermore, a long-time-span autocorrelation trace is introduced which clearly shows absence of a pedestal or double pulses. Eventually, a beam-profile measurement reveals the excellent beam quality of our device with an M-square factor of less than 1.1 for both axes, showing that self-mode-locking can be achieved for the fundamental transverse mode.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:26813439

  18. High-repetition-rate ultrashort pulsed fiber ring laser using hybrid mode locking.

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    Zhang, Xiang; Hu, Hongyu; Li, Wenbo; Dutta, Niloy K

    2016-10-01

    We propose and demonstrate a hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring laser by combining the rational harmonic mode-locking technique and passive mode locking based on nonlinear polarization rotation in a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber. By carefully adjusting the modulation frequency and the polarization controllers in the cavity, a 30 GHz pulse train with improved stability and narrower pulse width is generated. The pulse width at 30 GHz using rational harmonic mode locking alone is 5.8 ps. This hybrid scheme narrows the pulse width to 1.9 ps at the repetition rate of 30 GHz. Numerical simulations are carried out that show good agreement with the experimental results.

  19. Femtosecond diode-pumped mode-locked neodymium lasers

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    Kubeček, Václav; Jelínek, Michal; Čech, Miroslav; Vyhlídal, David; Su, Liangbi; Jiang, Dapeng; Ma, Fengkai; Qian, Xiaobo; Wang, Jingya; Xu, Jun

    2016-12-01

    Fluoride-type crystals (CaF2, SrF2) doped with neodymium Nd3+ and codoped with buffer ions for breaking clusters of active ions and increasing fluorescence efficiency, present interesting alternative as laser active media for the diode-pumped mode-locked lasers. In comparison with widely used materials as Nd:YAG or Nd:YVO4, they have broad emission spectra as well as longer fluorescence lifetime, in comparison with Nd:glass, SrF2 and CaF2 have better thermal conductivity. In spite of the fact, that this thermal conductivity decreases with Nd3+ doping concentration, these crystals are alternative for the Nd:glass in subpicosecond mode-locked laser systems. In this paper we review the basic results reported recently on these active materials and in the second part we present our results achieved in low power diode pumped passively mode locked lasers with Nd,La:CaF2 and Nd,Y:SrF2 crystals. The pulses as short as 258 fs at wavelength of 1057 nm were obtained in the first case, while 5 ps long pulses at 1065 nm were generated from the second laser system.

  20. SESAM mode-locked red praseodymium laser.

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    Gaponenko, Maxim; Metz, Philip Werner; Härkönen, Antti; Heuer, Alexander; Leinonen, Tomi; Guina, Mircea; Südmeyer, Thomas; Huber, Günter; Kränkel, Christian

    2014-12-15

    We present the first semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) mode-locked praseodymium solid-state laser. The laser is based on a Pr(3+):LiYF(4) crystal as gain medium and a GaInP-quantum well-based SESAM. Self-starting continuous-wave mode-locked laser operation with an average output power of 16 mW is achieved at a center wavelength of 639.5 nm. The laser operates at a repetition rate of ∼85.55  MHz and emits pulses with a duration of ∼18  ps.

  1. All-fiber ring Raman laser generating parabolic pulses

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    Kruglov, V. I.; Mechin, D.; Harvey, J. D.

    2010-02-15

    We present theoretical and numerical results for an all-fiber laser using self-similar parabolic pulses ('similaritons') designed to operate using self-similar propagation regimes. The similariton laser features a frequency filter and a Sagnac loop which operate together to generate an integrated all-fiber mode-locked laser. Numerical studies show that this laser generates parabolic pulses with linear chirp in good agreement with analytical predictions. The period for propagating similariton pulses in stable regimes can vary from one to two round trips for different laser parameters. Two-round-trip-period operation in the mode-locked laser appears at bifurcation points for certain cavity parameters. The stability of the similariton regimes has been confirmed by numerical simulations for large numbers of round trips.

  2. Soliton generation from an actively mode-locked fiber laser incorporating an electro-optic fiber modulator.

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    Malmström, Mikael; Margulis, Walter; Tarasenko, Oleksandr; Pasiskevicius, Valdas; Laurell, Fredrik

    2012-01-30

    This work demonstrates an actively mode-locked fiber laser operating in soliton regime and employing an all-fiber electro-optic modulator. Nonlinear polarization rotation is utilized for femtosecond pulse generation. Stable operation of the all-fiber ring laser is readily achieved at a fundamental repetition rate of 2.6 MHz and produces 460 fs pulses with a spectral bandwidth of 5.3 nm.

  3. Soliton mode locking by nonlinear Faraday rotation

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    Wabnitz, S.; Westin, E.; Frey, R.; Flytzanis, C.

    1996-11-01

    We propose nonlinear Faraday rotation as a mechanism for achieving stable polarization mode locking of a soliton laser. We analyze by perturbation theory and beam-propagation simulations the interplay between bandwidth-limited gain, gain dichroism, and linear and nonlinear Faraday rotation. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  4. Characteristics and instabilities of mode-locked quantum-dot diode lasers.

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    Li, Yan; Lester, Luke F; Chang, Derek; Langrock, Carsten; Fejer, M M; Kane, Daniel J

    2013-04-08

    Current pulse measurement methods have proven inadequate to fully understand the characteristics of passively mode-locked quantum-dot diode lasers. These devices are very difficult to characterize because of their low peak powers, high bandwidth, large time-bandwidth product, and large timing jitter. In this paper, we discuss the origin for the inadequacies of current pulse measurement techniques while presenting new ways of examining frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) data to provide insight into the operation of these devices. Under the assumptions of a partial coherence model for the pulsed laser, it is shown that simultaneous time-frequency characterization is a necessary and sufficient condition for characterization of mode-locking. Full pulse characterization of quantum dot passively mode-locked lasers (QD MLLs) was done using FROG in a collinear configuration using an aperiodically poled lithium niobate waveguide-based FROG pulse measurement system.

  5. 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.

  6. Tunable scalar solitons from a polarization-maintaining mode-locked fiber laser using carbon nanotube and chirped fiber Bragg grating.

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    Wang, Jie; Yan, Yaxi; Zhang, A Ping; Wu, Bo; Shen, Yonghang; Tam, Hwa-Yaw

    2016-10-03

    Generation of tunable scalar solitons from a polarization-maintaining (PM) mode-locked fiber laser is presented. A single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) absorber is used for self-started mode locking. A chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) mounted on a cantilever is employed as a tunable all-fiber filter. Mode-locked solitons are obtained with typical pulse duration of ~6.94 ps and repetition rate of 28.94 MHz. Linearly polarized laser emission is characterized with degree of polarization (DOP) of ~99.5%. The wavelength of the emitted scalar soliton can be continuously tuned through adjusting the CFBG, while maintaining the polarization stability.

  7. Generation of sub-100-fsec pulses tunable near 497 nm from a colliding-pulse mode-locked ring dye laser

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    French, P.M.W.; Taylor, J.R.

    1988-06-01

    A colliding-pulse mode-locked ring dye laser with Coumarin 102 passively mode locked by 3,3'-diethyloxacarbocyanine iodide has been developed. Pulses of less than 100-fsec duration have been obtained from 493 to 502 nm at a repetition rate of 160 MHz. A similar operation has also been obtained with alternative saturable absorbers.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Monolithic mode-locked quantum dot lasers

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    Penty, R. V.; Thompson, M. G.; White, I. H.

    2008-02-01

    Monolithic mode-locked laser diodes based on QD active regions are regarded as potentially suitable for a large range of photonic applications due to their compactness, mechanical stability and robustness, high potential repetition rates and low potential jitter. Their inherent properties, such as high differential gain, low chirp and fast saturable absorption have led to demonstration of improved performance over their QW equivalents. Low background loss and the relatively long lengths of quantum dot laser devices also have encouraged studies of mode-locking at repetition rates previously not explored in monolithic devices. Applications include biomedicine, high-speed data transmission, clock signal generation and electro-optic sampling. This paper reviews some of the work at Cambridge on the realization of such devices.

  11. Whispering-Gallery Mode-Locked Lasers

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    Matsko, Andrey; Iltchenko, Vladimir; Savchenkov, Anatoly; Maleki, Lute

    2003-01-01

    Mode-locked lasers of a proposed type would incorporate features of the design and operation of previously demonstrated miniature electro-optical modulators and erbium-doped glass lasers that contain whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) resonators. That is to say, WGM lasers and WGM electro-optical modulators would be integrated into monolithic units that, when suitably excited with pump light and microwaves, would function as mode-locked lasers. The proposed devices are intended to satisfy an anticipated demand for compact, low-power devices that could operate in the optical-communication wavelength band centered at a wavelength of 1.55 m and could generate pulses as short as picoseconds at repetition rates of multiple gigahertz.

  12. Mode-locking via dissipative Faraday instability

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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27503708

  13. 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.

  14. Graphene mode-locked femtosecond laser at 2 μm wavelength.

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    Ma, J; Xie, G Q; Lv, P; Gao, W L; Yuan, P; Qian, L J; Yu, H H; Zhang, H J; Wang, J Y; Tang, D Y

    2012-06-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a passively mode-locked femtosecond laser by using a graphene-based saturable absorber mirror (graphene SAM) in the spectral region of 2 μm. The graphene SAM was fabricated by transferring chemical-vapor-deposited, high-quality, and large-area graphene on a highly reflective plane mirror. Stable mode-locked laser pulses as short as 729 fs were obtained with a repetition rate of 98.7 MHz and an average output power of 60.2 mW at 2018 nm.

  15. Carbon nanotube mode-locked vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Seger, K.; Meiser, N.; Choi, S. Y.; Jung, B. H.; Yeom, D.-I.; Rotermund, F.; Okhotnikov, O.; Laurell, F.; Pasiskevicius, V.

    2014-03-01

    Mode-locking an optically pumped semiconductor disk laser has been demonstrated using low-loss saturable absorption containing a mixture of single-walled carbon nanotubes in PMM polymer. The modulator was fabricated by a simple spin-coating technique on fused silica substrate and was operating in transmission. Stable passive fundamental modelocking was obtained at a repetition rate of 613 MHz with a pulse length of 1.23 ps. The mode-locked semiconductor disk laser in a compact geometry delivered a maximum average output power of 136 mW at 1074 nm.

  16. Wideband-tuneable, nanotube mode-locked, fibre laser

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    Wang, F.; Rozhin, A. G.; Scardaci, V.; Sun, Z.; Hennrich, F.; White, I. H.; Milne, W. I.; Ferrari, A. C.

    2008-12-01

    Ultrashort-pulse lasers with spectral tuning capability have widespread applications in fields such as spectroscopy, biomedical research and telecommunications. Mode-locked fibre lasers are convenient and powerful sources of ultrashort pulses, and the inclusion of a broadband saturable absorber as a passive optical switch inside the laser cavity may offer tuneability over a range of wavelengths. Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors are widely used in fibre lasers, but their operating range is typically limited to a few tens of nanometres, and their fabrication can be challenging in the 1.3-1.5 µm wavelength region used for optical communications. Single-walled carbon nanotubes are excellent saturable absorbers because of their subpicosecond recovery time, low saturation intensity, polarization insensitivity, and mechanical and environmental robustness. Here, we engineer a nanotube-polycarbonate film with a wide bandwidth (>300 nm) around 1.55 µm, and then use it to demonstrate a 2.4 ps Er3+-doped fibre laser that is tuneable from 1,518 to 1,558 nm. In principle, different diameters and chiralities of nanotubes could be combined to enable compact, mode-locked fibre lasers that are tuneable over a much broader range of wavelengths than other systems.

  17. Deep-red semiconductor monolithic mode-locked lasers

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    Kong, L.; Bajek, D.; White, S. E.; Forrest, A. F.; Cataluna, M. A.; Wang, H. L.; Pan, J. Q.; Wang, X. L.; Cui, B. F.; Ding, Y.

    2014-12-01

    A deep-red semiconductor monolithic mode-locked laser is demonstrated. Multi-section laser diodes based on an AlGaAs multi-quantum-well structure were passively mode-locked, enabling the generation of picosecond optical pulses at 752 nm, at pulse repetition rates of 19.37 GHz. An investigation of the dependence of the pulse duration as a function of reverse bias revealed a predominantly exponential decay trend of the pulse duration, varying from 10.5 ps down to 3.5 ps, which can be associated with the concomitant reduction of absorption recovery time with increasing applied field. A 30-MHz-tunability of the pulse repetition rate with bias conditions is also reported. The demonstration of such a compact, efficient and versatile ultrafast laser in this spectral region paves the way for its deployment in a wide range of applications such as biomedical microscopy, pulsed terahertz generation as well as microwave and millimeter-wave generation, with further impact on sensing, imaging and optical communications.

  18. 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.

  19. Mode-locking of Er-doped fiber laser using a multilayer MoS2 thin film as a saturable absorber in both anomalous and normal dispersion regimes.

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    Khazaeizhad, Reza; Kassani, Sahar Hosseinzadeh; Jeong, Hwanseong; Yeom, Dong-Il; Oh, Kyunghwan

    2014-09-22

    Application of a multilayer Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) thin film as a saturable absorber was experimentally demonstrated by realizing a stable and robust passive mode-locked fiber laser via the evanescent field interaction between the light and the film. The MoS2 film was grown by chemical vapor deposition, and was then transferred to a side polished fiber by a lift-off method. Intensity-dependent optical transmission through the MoS2 thin film on side polished fiber was experimentally observed showing efficient saturable absorption characteristics. Using erbium doped fiber as an optical gain medium, we built an all-fiber ring cavity, where the MoS2 film on the side polished fiber was inserted as a saturable absorber. Stable dissipative soliton pulse trains were successfully generated in the normal dispersion regime with a spectral bandwidth of 23.2 nm and the pulse width of 4.98 ps. By adjusting the total dispersion in the cavity, we also obtained soliton pulses with a width of 637 fs in the anomalous dispersion regime near the lasing wavelength λ = 1.55 μm. Detailed and systematic experimental comparisons were made for stable mode locking of an all-fiber laser cavity in both the normal and anomalous regimes.

  20. PT-symmetric mode-locking.

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    Longhi, S

    2016-10-01

    Parity-time (PT) symmetry is one of the most important accomplishments in optics over the past decade. Here the concept of PT mode-locking (ML) 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. PT ML shows a transition from single- to double-pulse emission as the 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Ultrashort pulse generation by semiconductor mode-locked lasers at 760 nm.

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    Wang, Huolei; Kong, Liang; Forrest, Adam; Bajek, David; Haggett, Stephanie E; Wang, Xiaoling; Cui, Bifeng; Pan, Jiaoqing; Ding, Ying; Cataluna, Maria Ana

    2014-10-20

    We demonstrate the first semiconductor mode-locked lasers for ultrashort pulse generation at the 760 nm waveband. Multi-section laser diodes based on an AlGaAs multi-quantum-well structure were passively mode-locked, resulting in the generation of pulses at around 766 nm, with pulse durations down to ~4 ps, at pulse repetition rates of 19.4 GHz or 23.2 GHz (with different laser cavity lengths of 1.8 mm and 1.5 mm, respectively). The influence of the bias conditions on the mode-locking characteristics was investigated for these new lasers, revealing trends which can be ascribed to the interplay of dynamical processes in the saturable absorber and gain sections. It was also found that the front facet reflectivity played a key role in the stability of mode-locking and the occurrence of self-pulsations. These lasers hold significant promise as light sources for multi-photon biomedical imaging, as well as in other applications such as frequency conversion into the ultraviolet and radio-over-fibre communications.

  3. All fiber 1064-nm time-lens source for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering and stimulated Raman scattering microscopy

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    Wang, Ke; Freudiger, Christian W.; Lee, Jennifer H.; Saar, Brian G.; Xie, X. Sunney; Xu, Chris

    2011-03-01

    We use the time-lens concept to demonstrate a new scheme for synchronization of two pulsed light sources for biological imaging. An all fiber, 1064 nm time-lens source is synchronized to a picosecond solid-state Ti: Sapphire mode-locked laser by using the mode-locked laser pulses as the clock. We demonstrate the application of this synchronized source for CARS and SRS imaging by imaging mouse tissues. Synchronized two wavelength pulsed source is a major technical difficulty for CARS and SRS imaging. The time-lens source demonstrated here may provide an all-fiber, user friendly alternative for future SRS imaging.

  4. Short pulse fiber lasers mode-locked by carbon nanotubes and graphene

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    Yamashita, Shinji; Martinez, Amos; Xu, Bo

    2014-12-01

    One and two dimensional forms of carbon, carbon nanotubes and graphene, have interesting and useful, not only electronic but also photonic, properties. For fiber lasers, they are very attractive passive mode lockers for ultra-short pulse generation, since they have saturable absorption with inherently fast recovery time (<1 ps). In this paper, we review the photonic properties of graphene and CNT and our recent works on fabrication of fiber devices and applications to ultra-short pulse mode-locked fiber lasers.

  5. Polarization rotation vector solitons in a graphene mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Song, Yu Feng; Zhang, Han; Tang, Ding Yuan; Shen, De Yuan

    2012-11-19

    Polarization rotation vector solitons formed in a fiber laser passively mode locked with atomic layer graphene were experimentally investigated. It was found that different from the case of the polarization locked vector soliton formed in the laser, two extra sets of spectral sidebands always appear on the soliton spectrum of the polarization rotating vector solitons. We confirm that the new sets of spectral sidebands have the same formation mechanism as that of the Kelly sidebands.

  6. Analysis of the stability of an active mode-locking pulsed laser for ultra-short pulses generation

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    Bracamontes Rodríguez, Y. E.; Beltrán Pérez, G.; Kuzin, Eugin; Castillo Mixcóatl, J.; Muñoz Aguirre, S.

    2013-11-01

    Pulsed lasers have become very important owing to the great amount of applications, from communications to diverse medicine areas. Many works have reported the development of these kinds of sources which uses quite complex cavity configurations and that present instabilities in the output signal. In this work the analysis of a pulsed laser that uses a ring cavity with a length of 16.5 m is presented. A phase modulator (LiNbO3) controlled by an RF generator operated at a frequency of 12.5108 MHz was used to perform the mode lock. The modulator input has a birrefringent fiber then the light polarization affects the mode lock. Therefore it was necessary to perform an analysis and characterization in the input and output signals of the modulator in order to obtain more stable output pulses without requiring a continuous adjustment. The laser implemented with 2 modes of operation, active mode-lock and passive mode-lock. The obtained pulses whit temporal width of 7 ns FWHM for the frequency fundamental 12.5108 MHz and 781 -261-120-116 ps for the harmonic 5-10-16-20 .The results for the passive mode-lock the obtained pulses whit temporal width 2 ps and average power 200 W.

  7. Compact all-fiber ring femtosecond laser with high fundamental repetition rate.

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    Wei, Xiaoming; Xu, Shanhui; Huang, Huichang; Peng, Mingying; Yang, Zhongmin

    2012-10-22

    A 165-fs all-fiber ring laser is demonstrated with a fundamental repetition rate of 235 MHz based on a 5.7-cm-long Er(3+)/Yb(3+) codoped phosphate glass fiber and a technique of nonlinear polarization evolution. In order to further enhance the fundamental repetition rate and compact the structure of the all-fiber laser, an optical integrated module is designed. By employing this novel optical module, a much more compact 105-fs mode-locking all-fiber ring laser, operating at a 325 MHz fundamental repetition rate, is realized.

  8. Coexistence and interaction of vector and bound vector solitons in a dispersion-managed fiber laser mode locked by graphene.

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    Song, Y F; Zhang, H; Zhao, L M; Shen, D Y; Tang, D Y

    2016-01-25

    We report on the experimental observation of vector and bound vector solitons in a fiber laser passively mode locked by graphene. Localized interactions between vector solitons, vector soliton with bound vector solitons, and vector soliton with a bunch of vector solitons are experimentally investigated. We show that depending on the soliton interactions, various stable and dynamic multiple vector soliton states could be formed.

  9. Effect of the doped fibre length on soliton pulses of a bidirectional mode-locked fibre laser

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    Ahmad, H; Alwi Kutty, N A; Zulkifli, M Z; Harun, S W

    2015-08-31

    A passively bidirectional mode-locked fibre laser is demonstrated using a highly concentrated erbium-doped fibre (EDF) as a gain medium. To accomplish mode-locked operation in a short cavity, use is made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as a saturable absorber. Soliton pulses are obtained at a wavelength of 1560 nm with a repetition rate ranging from 43.92 MHz to 46.97 MHz and pulse width stretching from 0.56 ps to 0.41 ps as the EDF length is reduced from 60 cm to 30 cm. (lasers)

  10. 177 fs erbium-doped fiber laser mode locked with a cellulose polymer film containing single-wall carbon nanotubes

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    Tausenev, A. V.; Obraztsova, E. D.; Lobach, A. S.; Chernov, A. I.; Konov, V. I.; Kryukov, P. G.; Konyashchenko, A. V.; Dianov, E. M.

    2008-04-01

    A mode-locked soliton erbium-doped fiber laser generating 177fs pulses is demonstrated. The laser pumped by a 85mW, 980nm laser diode emits 7mW at 1.56μm at a pulse repetition rate of 50MHz. Passive mode locking is achieved with a saturable absorber made of a high-optical quality film based on cellulose derivative with dispersed carbon single-wall nanotubes. The film is prepared with the original technique by using carbon nanotubes synthesized by the arc-discharge method.

  11. Theory of plasmonic femtosecond pulse generation by mode-locking of long-range surface plasmon polariton lasers.

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    Kim, Kwang-Hyon; Husakou, Anton; Herrmann, Joachim

    2012-01-02

    We develop a semiclassical theory of passively mode-locked surface plasmon polariton (SPP) lasers based on a SPP Bragg resonator with a metal film deposited on a polymer host and adjacent layers of a slow saturable absorber and a slow saturable gain medium. The mode-locked laser dynamics is studied for the case that both the gain medium and the saturable absorber are solid-state dyes. The SPP laser pulse parameters are calculated in dependence on layer thicknesses of the metal film and pump parameters. We predict the possibility of SPP pulse generation with ∼ 100 fs pulse duration.

  12. 11-GHz waveguide Nd:YAG laser CW mode-locked with single-layer graphene

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    Okhrimchuk, Andrey G.; Obraztsov, Petr A.

    2015-01-01

    We report stable, passive, continuous-wave (CW) mode-locking of a compact diode-pumped waveguide Nd:YAG laser with a single-layer graphene saturable absorber. The depressed cladding waveguide in the Nd:YAG crystal is fabricated with an ultrafast laser inscription method. The saturable absorber is formed by direct deposition of CVD single-layer graphene on the output coupler. The few millimeter-long cavity provides generation of 16-ps pulses with repetition rates in the GHz range (up to 11.3 GHz) and 12 mW average power. Stable CW mode-locking operation is achieved by controlling the group delay dispersion in the laser cavity with a Gires–Tournois interferometer. PMID:26052678

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

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

    2007-07-09

    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.

  14. Mid-infrared mode-locked pulse generation with multilayer black phosphorus as saturable absorber.

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    Qin, Zhipeng; Xie, Guoqiang; Zhao, Chujun; Wen, Shuangchun; Yuan, Peng; Qian, Liejia

    2016-01-01

    A 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 μm, 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, this is the first time a black phosphorus mode-locked laser at 2.8 μm wavelength has been demonstrated. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of black phosphorus flake as a new two-dimensional material for application in mid-infrared ultrafast photonics.

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

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

    2016-11-28

    We report mode-locked ~1550 nm output of transform-limited ~180 fs pulses from a large mode-area (diameter ~50 μm) 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.

  16. 11-GHz waveguide Nd:YAG laser CW mode-locked with single-layer graphene.

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    Okhrimchuk, Andrey G; Obraztsov, Petr A

    2015-06-08

    We report stable, passive, continuous-wave (CW) mode-locking of a compact diode-pumped waveguide Nd:YAG laser with a single-layer graphene saturable absorber. The depressed cladding waveguide in the Nd:YAG crystal is fabricated with an ultrafast laser inscription method. The saturable absorber is formed by direct deposition of CVD single-layer graphene on the output coupler. The few millimeter-long cavity provides generation of 16-ps pulses with repetition rates in the GHz range (up to 11.3 GHz) and 12 mW average power. Stable CW mode-locking operation is achieved by controlling the group delay dispersion in the laser cavity with a Gires-Tournois interferometer.

  17. Carbon Nanotube Mode-Locked Thulium Fiber Laser With 200 nm Tuning Range.

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    Meng, Yafei; Li, Yao; Xu, Yongbing; Wang, Fengqiu

    2017-03-21

    We demonstrated a mode-locked thulium/holmium (Tm/Ho) fiber laser continuously tunable across 200 nm (from 1860 nm to 2060 nm), which to the best of our knowledge represents the widest tuning range ever achieved for a passively mode-locked fiber laser oscillator. The combined use of a broadband carbon nanotube (CNT) saturable absorber and a diffraction grating mirror ensures ultra-broad tuning range, superb stability and repeatability, and makes the demonstrated laser a highly practical source for spectroscopy, imaging and optical communications. The laser emits <5 ps pulses with an optical spectral bandwidth of ∼3 nm across the full tuning range. Our results indicate that carbon nanotubes can be an excellent saturable absorber for achieving gain-bandwidth-limited tunable operation for 2 μm thulium fiber lasers.

  18. Carbon Nanotube Mode-Locked Thulium Fiber Laser With 200 nm Tuning Range

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    Meng, Yafei; Li, Yao; Xu, Yongbing; Wang, Fengqiu

    2017-03-01

    We demonstrated a mode-locked thulium/holmium (Tm/Ho) fiber laser continuously tunable across 200 nm (from 1860 nm to 2060 nm), which to the best of our knowledge represents the widest tuning range ever achieved for a passively mode-locked fiber laser oscillator. The combined use of a broadband carbon nanotube (CNT) saturable absorber and a diffraction grating mirror ensures ultra-broad tuning range, superb stability and repeatability, and makes the demonstrated laser a highly practical source for spectroscopy, imaging and optical communications. The laser emits <5 ps pulses with an optical spectral bandwidth of ∼3 nm across the full tuning range. Our results indicate that carbon nanotubes can be an excellent saturable absorber for achieving gain-bandwidth-limited tunable operation for 2 μm thulium fiber lasers.

  19. Diode-pumped femtosecond mode-locked Nd, Y-codoped CaF2 laser

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    Zhu, Jiangfeng; Zhang, Lijuan; Gao, Ziye; Wang, Junli; Wang, Zhaohua; Su, Liangbi; Zheng, Lihe; Wang, Jingya; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2015-03-01

    A passively mode-locked femtosecond laser based on an Nd, Y-codoped CaF2 disordered crystal was demonstrated. The Y3+-codoping in Nd : CaF2 markedly suppressed the quenching effect and improved the fluorescence quantum efficiency and emission spectra. With a fiber-coupled laser diode as the pump source, the continuous wave tuning range covering from 1042 to 1076 nm was realized, while the mode-locked operation generated 264 fs pulses with an average output power of 180 mW at a repetition rate of 85 MHz. The experimental results show that the Nd, Y-codoped CaF2 disordered crystal has potential in a new generation diode-pumped high repetition rate chirped pulse amplifier.

  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. Carbon Nanotube Mode-Locked Thulium Fiber Laser With 200 nm Tuning Range

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    Meng, Yafei; Li, Yao; Xu, Yongbing; Wang, Fengqiu

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrated a mode-locked thulium/holmium (Tm/Ho) fiber laser continuously tunable across 200 nm (from 1860 nm to 2060 nm), which to the best of our knowledge represents the widest tuning range ever achieved for a passively mode-locked fiber laser oscillator. The combined use of a broadband carbon nanotube (CNT) saturable absorber and a diffraction grating mirror ensures ultra-broad tuning range, superb stability and repeatability, and makes the demonstrated laser a highly practical source for spectroscopy, imaging and optical communications. The laser emits <5 ps pulses with an optical spectral bandwidth of ∼3 nm across the full tuning range. Our results indicate that carbon nanotubes can be an excellent saturable absorber for achieving gain-bandwidth-limited tunable operation for 2 μm thulium fiber lasers. PMID:28322327

  2. All-fiber multi-wavelength passive Q-switched Er/Yb fiber laser based on a Tm-doped fiber saturable absorber

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    Posada-Ramírez, B.; Durán-Sánchez, M.; Álvarez-Tamayo, R. I.; Alaniz-Baylón, J.; Ibarra-Escamilla, B.; López-Estopier, R.; Kuzin, E. A.

    2017-03-01

    We report on a ring cavity, multi-wavelength, passive Q-switched erbium–ytterbium double cladding fiber laser based on the use of an unpumped segment of Tm-doped fiber acting as a saturable absorber for passive Q-switched pulse generation and a wavelength filter for multi-wavelength laser generation. By performing pump power variations from 1.6 to 9.8 W, stable Q-switched laser pulses are observed in a repetition rate from 135.8 to 27.5 kHz at room temperature. With a maximal repetition rate of 135.8 kHz, the minimum pulse duration of 430 ns is obtained. The maximal average output power of 2.2 W is reached with a pump power of 9.8 W. The maximum pulse energy was 16.4 µJ and the average output power slope efficiency is ~24.8%. The obtained results demonstrate a laser performance with extended range of high repetition rate and improved stability.

  3. Demonstration of CW mode locked Cr:forsterite laser using self-shortening and transverse mode degeneracy driven mode locking.

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    George, J; Thakur, P; Bindra, K S; Oak, S M

    2014-11-10

    This paper reports a nearly Fourier transform limited CW mode locked Cr:forsterite laser at 1282 nm, with 131 fs pulse duration, based on self-shortening and transverse mode degeneracy (TMD) driven mode locking, operating near the point of fourth-order TMD. The cavity employs a combination of instantaneous intensity driven self-shortening, and operation on the right side of the fourth-order TMD, to generate the self-amplitude modulation necessary for self-mode locking.

  4. High-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser with evanescent field interaction.

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yu, Xuechao; Sun, Zhipei; Yan, Zhiyu; Sun, Biao; Cheng, Yuanbing; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2015-11-16

    Mid-infrared ultrafast fiber lasers are valuable for various applications, including chemical and biomedical sensing, material processing and military applications. Here, we report all-fiber high-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser at long wavelength with evanescent field interaction. Ultrafast pulses up to 7.8 MHz are generated at a center wavelength of 1879.4 nm, with a pulse width of 4.7 ps. A graphene absorber integrated with a side-polished fiber can increase the damage threshold significantly. Harmonics mode-locking can be obtained till to the 21(th) harmonics at a pump power of above 500 mW. By using one stage amplifier in the anomalous dispersion regime, the laser can be amplified up to 450 mW and the narrowest pulse duration of 1.4 ps can be obtained simultaneously. Our work paves the way to graphene Tm/Ho co-doped mode-locked all-fiber master oscillator power amplifiers as potentially efficient and economic laser sources for high-power laser applications, such as special material processing and nonlinear optical studies.

  5. High-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser with evanescent field interaction

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yu, Xuechao; Sun, Zhipei; Yan, Zhiyu; Sun, Biao; Cheng, Yuanbing; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2015-01-01

    Mid-infrared ultrafast fiber lasers are valuable for various applications, including chemical and biomedical sensing, material processing and military applications. Here, we report all-fiber high-power graphene mode-locked Tm/Ho co-doped fiber laser at long wavelength with evanescent field interaction. Ultrafast pulses up to 7.8 MHz are generated at a center wavelength of 1879.4 nm, with a pulse width of 4.7 ps. A graphene absorber integrated with a side-polished fiber can increase the damage threshold significantly. Harmonics mode-locking can be obtained till to the 21th harmonics at a pump power of above 500 mW. By using one stage amplifier in the anomalous dispersion regime, the laser can be amplified up to 450 mW and the narrowest pulse duration of 1.4 ps can be obtained simultaneously. Our work paves the way to graphene Tm/Ho co-doped mode-locked all-fiber master oscillator power amplifiers as potentially efficient and economic laser sources for high-power laser applications, such as special material processing and nonlinear optical studies. PMID:26567536

  6. An Analytic Technique for Investigating Mode-Locked Lasers

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    Usechak, N.G.; Agrawal, G.P.

    2005-09-30

    We present an analytic theory capable of predicting pulse parameters in mode-locked lasers in the presence of dispersion and nonlinearity. Excellent agreement is obtained between this approach and full numerical solutions.

  7. Femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked Alexandrite laser.

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    Ghanbari, Shirin; Akbari, Reza; Major, Arkady

    2016-06-27

    The generation of 170 fs pulses at 755 nm from a Kerr-lens mode-locked Alexandrite laser was demonstrated. The laser was pumped at 532 nm and produced 780 mW of average output power with 9.8% of optical-to-optical efficiency. To the best of our knowledge, these are the shortest pulses that have been produced from a mode-locked Alexandrite laser to date.

  8. Large-energy, wavelength-tunable, all-fiber passively Q-switched Er:Yb-codoped double-clad fiber laser with mono-layer chemical vapor deposition graphene.

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    Wu, Duanduan; Xiong, Fengfu; Zhang, Cankun; Chen, Shanshan; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping; Cai, Weiwei; Che, Kaijun; Luo, Zhengqian

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate a large-energy, wavelength-tunable, all-fiber passively Q-switched Er:Yb-codoped laser using a mono-layer chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene saturable absorber (SA). By exploiting the large laser gain of Er:Yb double-clad fiber and optimizing the coupling ratio of the output coupler, not only can the mono-layer CVD graphene SA be protected from oversaturation and thermal damage, but also a large pulse energy up to 1.05 μJ (corresponding to the average output power of 25.6 mW) is thus achieved. Using a tunable fiber Fabry-Perot filter, stable Q-switched pulses can operate with a tunable range from 1530.97 to 1546.92 nm, covering a wavelength range of ∼16  nm. The Q-switching states at the different lasing wavelengths have been observed and recorded. The Q-switched repetition rate and the pulse duration (with the minimum one of 2.6 μs) have been characterized as well. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the largest pulse energy from an all-fiber graphene Q-switched laser.

  9. 240 W high-average-power square-shaped nanosecond all-fiber-integrated laser with near diffraction-limited beam quality.

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    Yu, Hailong; Tao, Rumao; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Pu; Chen, Jinbao

    2014-10-01

    We report an all-fiber-integrated high-average-power square-shaped nanosecond pulse laser operating at 1068 nm based on the master oscillator power amplifier configuration. The seed source is a passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser with fundamental cavity repetition rate of 1.86 MHz. Output pulses with a square shape can be tuned in pulse width from 271 ps to the nanosecond level. The average output power reaches to 9.21 W after three preamplifiers. Finally, a main amplifier is developed to boost the average output power to 240 W, and the corresponding pulse energy and peak power are ∼ 129.3 μJ and 36 kW, respectively. The efficiency of the main amplifier is ∼ 61.3%, and the beam quality represented by M(2) factors is below 1.3 and 1.2 in the X and Y directions.

  10. Simultaneous pulse amplification and compression in all-fiber-integrated pre-chirped large-mode-area Er-doped fiber amplifier.

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    Lin, Gong-Ru; Lin, Ying-Tsung; Lee, Chao-Kuei

    2007-03-19

    A large-mode-area Erbium-doped fiber amplifier (LMA-EDFA) based all-fiber-integrated amplified compressor with ultrashort length of 5.37 m and ultralow pumping power (260 mW) is proposed. The LMAEDFA suppresses nonlinear soliton-self-frequency-shift effect happened during femtosecond pulse amplification, in which the fiber laser pulse is reshaped to a low-pedestal hyperbolic-second shape with nearly 100% energy confinement. The pre-chirped amplification from 0.96 to 104 mW and the simultaneous compression of a passively mode-locked fiber laser pulse from 300 to 56 fs is demonstrated. The input pulse energy of 24 pJ is amplified up to 2.6 nJ with shortened pulsewidth of 56 fs and peak power as high as 46 kW.

  11. Direct generation of 128-fs Gaussian pulses from a compensation-free fiber laser using dual mode-locking mechanisms

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    Peng, Junsong; Zhan, Li; Gu, Zhaochang; Qian, Kai; Luo, Shouyu; Shen, Qishun

    2012-03-01

    We have experimentally demonstrated the direct generation of 128-fs pulses in an all-anomalous-dispersion all-fiber mode-locked laser. The laser is free of dispersion compensation in the cavity based on standard single mode fiber (SMF). The time-bandwidth product is 0.536. The laser is achieved by using two mode-lockers, one is nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR), and the other is nonlinear amplifying loop mirror. The coexistence of dual mode-locking mechanisms can decrease the cavity length to 12-m, and also results in producing high-quality pulses with a Gaussian shape both on the pulse profile and spectrum, but without Kelly sidebands.

  12. 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.

  13. All-fiber polarization locked vector soliton laser using carbon nanotubes.

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    Mou, C; Sergeyev, S; Rozhin, A; Turistyn, S

    2011-10-01

    We report an all-fiber mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) employing carbon nanotube (CNT) polymer composite film. By using only standard telecom grade components, without any complex polarization control elements in the laser cavity, we have demonstrated polarization locked vector solitons generation with duration of ~583 fs, average power of ~3 mW (pulse energy of 118 pJ) at the repetition rate of ~25.7 MHz.

  14. 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.

  15. Dual-wavelength mode-locking of novel chirped multilayer quantum-dot lasers

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    Chiang, Chun-Ping; Lin, Gray; Chen, Yu-Chen; Cheng, Hsu-Chieh

    2016-09-01

    Monolithic passively mode-locked lasers are investigated based on chirped multilayer InAs/InGaAs QDs. Three chirped wavelengths, with stacking numbers of 2, 3 and 5 layers, are designed with capped InGaAs thickness of 4, 3 and 1 nm, respectively. The ridge-waveguide devices of 5-μm width and 3-mm length are fabricated to have absorber-to-gain length ratio of 1:9. A curve tracer is used to analyze the hysteresis on the light-current curve. Two kinks in the L-I curve are observed at threshold current near 50 mA and at higher current of about 150 mA. The lasing wavelength just above threshold is centered at 1268 nm and the RF spectrum of mode-locking is peaked at 13.32 GHz. At well above threshold of 200 mA, another RF peak at 13.21 GHz occurs that corresponds to shorter lasing wavelength around 1233 nm. The two lasing wavelengths are originated from ground-state transitions of two groups of InAs/InGaAs QDs. Simultaneous dual-wavelength mode-locking is therefore achieved at rather low forward current and low reverse bias by incorporating this novel design of QD structure.

  16. Active mode locking of lasers by piezoelectrically induced diffraction modulation

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    Krausz, F.; Turi, L.; Kuti, Cs.; Schmidt, A. J.

    1990-04-01

    A new amplitude-modulation mode-locking technique is presented. Acoustic waves are generated directly on the faces of a resonant photoelastic medium. The created standing waves cause a highly efficient diffraction modulation of light. The modulation depth of standing-wave mode lockers is related to material and drive parameters and a figure of merit is introduced. With a lithium niobate crystal modulation depths over 10 are achieved at 1.054 μm and 1 W of radio frequency power. Using this device for the active mode locking of a continuous-wave Nd:glass laser pulses as short as 3.8 ps are produced at a repetition rate of 66 MHz. Limitations of amplitude-modulation mode locking by standing acoustic waves are discussed.

  17. 1700 nm dispersion managed mode-locked bismuth fiber laser

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    Noronen, Teppo; Firstov, Sergei; Dianov, Evgeny; 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. PMID:27097798

  18. Raman rogue waves in a partially mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Runge, Antoine F J; Aguergaray, Claude; Broderick, Neil G R; Erkintalo, Miro

    2014-01-15

    We report on an experimental study of spectral fluctuations induced by intracavity Raman conversion in a passively partially mode-locked, all-normal dispersion fiber laser. Specifically, we use dispersive Fourier transformation to measure single-shot spectra of Raman-induced noise-like pulses, demonstrating that for low cavity gain values Raman emission is sporadic and follows rogue-wave-like probability distributions, while a saturated regime with Gaussian statistics is obtained for high pump powers. Our experiments further reveal intracavity rogue waves originating from cascaded Raman dynamics.

  19. Vector multi-soliton operation and interaction in a graphene mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Song, Yu Feng; Li, Lei; Zhang, Han; Shen, De Yuan; Tang, Ding Yuan; Loh, Kian Ping

    2013-04-22

    We experimentally investigated the vector multi-soliton operation and vector soliton interaction in an erbium doped fiber laser passively mode locked by atomic layer graphene. It is found that the vector multi-soliton operation exhibited several characteristic modes. These are the random static distribution of vector solitons, stable bunches of vector solitons, restless oscillations of vector solitons, rain of vector solitons, and emission of a so-called "giant vector soliton". The formation mechanisms of the operation modes were also experimentally investigated.

  20. Resolving the build-up of femtosecond mode-locking with single-shot spectroscopy at 90 MHz frame rate

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    Herink, G.; Jalali, B.; Ropers, C.; Solli, D. R.

    2016-05-01

    Mode-locked lasers have enabled some of the most precise measurements ever performed, from attosecond time-domain spectroscopy to metrology with frequency combs. However, such extreme precision belies the complexity of the underlying mode-locking dynamics. This complexity is particularly evident in the emergence of the mode-locked state, an intrinsically singular, non-repetitive transition. Many details of mode-locking are well understood, yet conventional spectroscopy cannot resolve the nascent dynamics in passive mode-locking on their natural nanosecond timescale, the single pulse period. Here, we capture the pulse-resolved spectral evolution of a femtosecond pulse train from the initial fluctuations, recording ∼900,000 consecutive periods. We directly observe critical phenomena on timescales from tens to thousands of roundtrips, including the birth of the broadband spectrum, accompanying wavelength shifts and transient interference dynamics described as auxiliary-pulse mode-locking. Enabled by the time-stretch transform, the results may impact laser design, ultrafast diagnostics and nonlinear optics.

  1. Sub-90 fs a stretched-pulse mode-locked fiber laser based on a graphene saturable absorber.

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    Sotor, Jaroslaw; Pasternak, Iwona; Krajewska, Aleksandra; Strupinski, Wlodek; Sobon, Grzegorz

    2015-10-19

    In this paper a stretched-pulse, mode-locked Er-doped fiber laser based on graphene saturable absorber (SA) is presented. A 60 layer graphene/polymer composite was used as a SA. The all-fiber dispersion managed laser resonator with the repetition frequency of 21.15 MHz allows for Gaussian pulses generation with the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 48 nm. The generated chirped pulses were compressed outside the cavity to the 88 fs using a piece of standard single mode fiber. The average output power and pulse energy were of 1.5 mW and 71 pJ, respectively.

  2. 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 < 1.07. The mode-locked laser utilizes a passive mode-locking region provided by a semiconductor saturable absorber integrated together with the gain region. Such an aggressive integration forces the resonant beam in the cavity to have the same area on the gain and absorber sections, placing high demands on the saturation fluence and absorption coefficient for the saturable absorber. Quantum Wells (QWs), excitons in QWs and Quantum Dots (QDs) have been investigated as possible saturable absorbers for the proposed device. QDs have been found to have the lowest saturation fluence and total absorption, necessary to meet the mode-locking requirements for this configuration. The need to further understand QDs as saturable absorbers has led to the development of a theoretical model on the dynamics of

  3. 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.

  4. Stable Similariton Generation in an All-Fiber Hybrid Mode-Locked Ring Laser for Frequency Metrology.

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    Lazarev, Vladimir; Krylov, Alexander; Dvoretskiy, Dmitriy; Sazonkin, Stanislav; Pnev, Alexey; Leonov, Stanislav; Shelestov, Dmitriy; Tarabrin, Mikhail; Karasik, Valeriy; Kireev, Alexey; Gubin, Mikhail

    2016-07-01

    Ultrashort pulse lasers constitute an important tool in the emerging field of optical frequency metrology and are enabling unprecedented measurement capabilities and new applications in a wide range of fields, including precision spectroscopy, atomic clocks, ultracold gases, and molecular fingerprinting. We demonstrate the generation of stable 127-fs self-similar pulses at a central wavelength of 1560 nm with 7.14-mW average output power. Similariton lasers have a low repetition rate deviation in the averaging time interval [Formula: see text], a low relative intensity noise [Formula: see text] (30 Hz to 10 kHz), a narrow single comb line width of 32 kHz, and high reliability. Thus, such lasers are highly promising for further development of the stabilized combs and open up a robust and substantially simplified route to synthesizing low-noise microwaves.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:28004785

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Q-switched and mode-locked Er{sup 3+}-doped fibre laser using a single-multi-single fibre filter and piezoelectric

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    Ji Wang; Yunjun Zhang; Aotuo Dong; Xiaoxin Xu; Youlun Ju; Baoquan Yao

    2014-04-28

    The active Q-switched and passive mode-locked Er{sup 3+}-doped all-fibre laser is presented. The fibre laser centre wavelength is located at 1563 nm and determined by the homemade singlemulti- single (SMS) in-line fibre filter. The laser spectrum width is nearly 0.1 nm. The active Q-switched mechanism relies on the polarisation state control using a piezoelectric to press a segment of passive fibre on the circular cavity. The nonlinear polarisation rotation technology is used to realise the passive self-started modelocked operation. In the passive mode-locked regimes, the output average power is 2.1 mW, repetition frequency is 11.96 MHz, and single pulse energy is 0.18 nJ. With the 100-Hz Q-switched regimes running, the output average power is 1.5 mW. The total Q-switched pulse width is 15 μs, and every Q-switched pulse is made up by several tens of mode-locked peak pulses. The calculated output pulse energy of the Q-switched fibre laser is about 15 μJ, and the energy of every mode-locked pulse is about 64–68 nJ during a Q-switched pulse taking into account the power fraction propagating between pulses. (lasers)

  10. Q-switched and mode-locked Er3+-doped fibre laser using a single-multi-single fibre filter and piezoelectric

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    Wang, Ji; Zhang, Yunjun; Dong, Aotuo; Xu, Xiaoxin; Ju, Youlun; Yao, Baoquan

    2014-04-01

    The active Q-switched and passive mode-locked Er3+-doped all-fibre laser is presented. The fibre laser centre wavelength is located at 1563 nm and determined by the homemade singlemulti- single (SMS) in-line fibre filter. The laser spectrum width is nearly 0.1 nm. The active Q-switched mechanism relies on the polarisation state control using a piezoelectric to press a segment of passive fibre on the circular cavity. The nonlinear polarisation rotation technology is used to realise the passive self-started modelocked operation. In the passive mode-locked regimes, the output average power is 2.1 mW, repetition frequency is 11.96 MHz, and single pulse energy is 0.18 nJ. With the 100-Hz Q-switched regimes running, the output average power is 1.5 mW. The total Q-switched pulse width is 15 μs, and every Q-switched pulse is made up by several tens of mode-locked peak pulses. The calculated output pulse energy of the Q-switched fibre laser is about 15 μJ, and the energy of every mode-locked pulse is about 64-68 nJ during a Q-switched pulse taking into account the power fraction propagating between pulses.

  11. Mode locking based on the temporal Talbot effect

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    Udem, Thomas; Ozawa, Akira

    2017-04-01

    We propose a new laser mode locking state in which the pulse disperses quickly and then revives after a certain time. This mechanism is based on the temporal Talbot effect and requires a large amount of intra-cavity group velocity dispersion. Similar to the usual mode locking it should be possible to employ the Kerr effect to force the laser into this mode, even when the cold cavity dispersion is not exactly matched. We show that the mode spectrum of such a laser is not equidistant but increases linearly with very high precision. This Talbot frequency comb can be self referenced. The beating with the adjacent modes uniquely defines the optical mode frequency, which means that the optical spectrum is directly mapped into the radio frequency domain. This is similar to the dual frequency comb technique, albeit without the limiting relative jitter between two combs.

  12. Mode-locked solid state lasers using diode laser excitation

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    Holtom, Gary R [Boston, MA

    2012-03-06

    A mode-locked laser employs a coupled-polarization scheme for efficient longitudinal pumping by reshaped laser diode bars. One or more dielectric polarizers are configured to reflect a pumping wavelength having a first polarization and to reflect a lasing wavelength having a second polarization. An asymmetric cavity provides relatively large beam spot sizes in gain medium to permit efficient coupling to a volume pumped by a laser diode bar. The cavity can include a collimation region with a controlled beam spot size for insertion of a saturable absorber and dispersion components. Beam spot size is selected to provide stable mode locking based on Kerr lensing. Pulse durations of less than 100 fs can be achieved in Yb:KGW.

  13. Asymmetric corner frequency in the 1/f FM-noise PSD of optical frequency combs generated by quantum-dash mode-locked lasers

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    Panapakkam, V.; Anthur, A.; Vujicic, V.; Gaimard, Q.; Merghem, K.; Aubin, G.; Lelarge, F.; Viktorov, E.; Barry, L. P.; Ramdane, A.

    2016-10-01

    We experimentally investigate the corner frequency in the 1/f frequency noise of the longitudinal modes of an InAs/InP quantum-dash based single-section passive mode-locked laser. The corner frequency features a strong asymmetry across the optical frequency comb with the values ranging from 10 MHz in the low-frequency side to 180 MHz in the high-frequency side. Actively mode-locking the laser induces a reduction in the corner frequency as it changes from 3 MHz in the low-frequency side to 70 MHz in the high-frequency side and the asymmetry persists.

  14. Tunable Yb:CaF2-SrF2 laser and femtosecond mode-locked performance based on semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors.

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    Zhang, Feng; Zhu, Hongtong; Liu, Jie; He, Yifeng; Jiang, Dapeng; Tang, Fei; Su, Liangbi

    2016-10-10

    We experimentally demonstrate an effective continuous-wave tunable operation and femtosecond passively mode-locked pulse from a Yb:CaF2-SrF2 mixed crystal laser for the first time. Pumped by a 977 nm fiber-coupled laser diode, a continuous-wave mode-locked pulse as short as 634 fs was generated. The shortest pulse operated under a repetition rate of 87 MHz at the central wavelength of 1047 nm. The calculated time-bandwidth product was 0.503, which was 1.6 times the Fourier transform-limited sech2-shaped pulses.

  15. 160 W high-power, high-efficiency, near-diffraction-limited beam quality all-fiber picosecond pulse laser

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    Sun, Chang; Ge, Tingwu; An, Na; Cao, Kang; Wang, Zhiyong

    2016-10-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a high-power, high-efficiency, near-diffraction-limited beam quality all-fiber picosecond pulse laser, which consists of a passively mode-locked seed laser and three-stage master power amplifiers. A repetition frequency multiplier and a high Yb-doped gain fiber with shorter length are utilized in the laser system to suppress the nonlinear effects and reduce the pulse broadening caused by dispersion. Moreover, the homemade light mode controllers based on a coiling and tapering fiber technique and the active fiber of the amplifier with a relatively small mode area are adopted to improve the beam quality. In addition, by experimentally adjusting the active fiber length, the optical conversion efficiency of the overall laser system can be optimized. Eventually, a 160 W high-power, high-efficiency, near-diffraction-limited picosecond pulse fiber laser is obtained, with the beam quality factor M2 at 1.12 and an optical conversion efficiency of the system of 75%.

  16. Dual-wavelength asynchronous and synchronous mode-locking operation by a Nd:CLTGG disordered crystal

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    Xu, J.-L.; Guo, S.-Y.; He, J.-L.; Zhang, B.-Y.; Yang, Y.; Yang, H.; Liu, S.-D.

    2012-04-01

    We have developed a diode-pumped passively mode-locked Nd3+:CLTGG laser operated at 1059 and 1061 nm with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The relative intensity of the two spectrum wavelengths is adjustable, allowing asynchronous and synchronous generation of the dual-wavelength pulses. In synchronous mode-locking regime, a total average output power of 383 mW was obtained with pulse duration of 3.5 ps and repetition rate of 42 MHz. The two spectral bands of 1059 and 1061 nm had the same intensities and areas, indicating 1:1 for the pulse energy ratio. It is desirable for efficiently generating a terahertz wave by difference-frequency generation.

  17. Nonlinear coupling of relative intensity noise from pump to a fiber ring laser mode-locked with carbon nanotubes.

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    Wu, Kan; Wong, Jia Haur; Shum, Ping; Fu, Songnian; Ouyang, Chunmei; Wang, Honghai; Kelleher, E J R; Chernov, A I; Obraztsova, E D; Chen, Jianping

    2010-08-02

    Pump relative intensity noise (RIN) has been recognized as a major source of noise in mode-locked lasers. The coupling of RIN from the pump to the output of a passively mode-locked fiber laser (PMFL) is systematically investigated using a pump modulation technique. It is found that the linear RIN coupling ratio from pump to PMFL is decreased with an increase in modulation frequency and is independent of modulation power. Moreover, the nonlinear RIN coupling from pump to PMFL is clearly demonstrated with a square wave modulated pump. The nonlinear RIN coupling ratio is noise power dependent. An exponential decay model based on the view of gain modulation is proposed and explains well the behavior of the nonlinear coupling phenomena.

  18. Nonlinear high-order mode locking in stochastic sensory neurons

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    Rowe, Michael; Afghan, Muhammad; Neiman, Alexander

    2004-03-01

    Excitable systems demonstrate various mode locking regimes when driven by periodic external signals. With noise taken into account, such regimes represent complex nonlinear responses which depend crucially on the frequency and amplitude of the periodic drive as well as on the noise intensity. We study this using a computational model of a stochastic Hodgkin-Huxley neuron in combination with the turtle vestibular sensory system as an experimental model. A bifurcation analysis of the model is performed. Extracellular recordings from primary vestibular afferent neurons with two types of stimuli are used in the experimental study. First, mechanical stimuli applied to the labyrinth allow us to study the responses of the entire system, including transduction by the hair cells and spike generation in the primary afferents. Second, a galvanic stimuli applied directly to an afferent are used to study the responses of afferent spike generator directly. The responses to galvanic stimuli reveal multiple high-order mode locking regimes which are well reproduced in numerical simulation. Responses to mechanical stimulation are characterized by larger variability so that fewer mode-locking regimes can be observed.

  19. Generation and evolution of mode-locked noise-like square-wave pulses in a large-anomalous-dispersion Er-doped ring fiber laser.

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    Liu, Jun; Chen, Yu; Tang, Pinghua; Xu, Changwen; Zhao, Chujun; Zhang, Han; Wen, Shuangchun

    2015-03-09

    In a passively mode-locked Erbium-doped fiber laser with large anomalous-dispersion, we experimentally demonstrate the formation of noise-like square-wave pulse, which shows quite different features from conventional dissipative soliton resonance (DSR). The corresponding temporal and spectral characteristics of a variety of operation states, including Q-switched mode-locking, continuous-wave mode-locking and Raman-induced noise-like pulse near the lasing threshold, are also investigated. Stable noise-like square-wave mode-locked pulses can be obtained at a fundamental repetition frequency of 195 kHz, with pulse packet duration tunable from 15 ns to 306 ns and per-pulse energy up to 200 nJ. By reducing the linear cavity loss, stable higher-order harmonic mode-locking had also been observed, with pulse duration ranging from 37 ns at the 21st order harmonic wave to 320 ns at the fundamental order. After propagating along a piece of long telecom fiber, the generated square-wave pulses do not show any obvious change, indicating that the generated noise-like square-wave pulse can be considered as high-energy pulse packet for some promising applications. These experimental results should shed some light on the further understanding of the mechanism and characteristics of noise-like square-wave pulses.

  20. Developing carbon-nitride nanosheets for mode-locking ytterbium fiber lasers.

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    Zhou, Yan; Zhao, Min; Wang, Shiwei; Hu, Chen-xia; Wang, Yao; Yan, Shuo; Li, Yue; Xu, Jianqiu; Tang, Yulong; Gao, Lin-Feng; Wang, Qiang; Zhang, Hao-li

    2016-03-15

    Graphitic carbon nitrides (CNs) have appeared as a new type of photocatalyst for water splitting, but their optical properties (e.g., nonlinear absorption), to the best of our knowledge, have been seldom explored. Here, we report the saturable absorption effects of novel 2D carbon-nitride-type nanosheets and use them as saturable absorbers to passively mode-lock Yb-doped fiber lasers. The CN-based saturable absorber is manufactured by solution coating of 2D CN nanosheets on a gold mirror and has a modulation depth and saturation intensity of 12.5% and 7.5  MW/cm2, respectively. Two different output couplers are employed to construct ring laser cavities. With the 10% coupler, the mode-locked fiber laser produces pulses with duration of ∼310  ps, average power of 1.24 mW, and repetition rate of 7.65 MHz. The laser spectrum is centered at 1066 nm with a bandwidth of 2.4 nm. Increasing the coupling ratio to 50% improves the output power to 2.58 mW but at the same time broadens the pulse width to 420 ps. As a new kind of 2D material with strong saturable absorption, CN nanosheets will open a new way for novel photonic and optoelectronic devices.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 463-MHz fundamental mode-locked fiber laser based on few-layer MoS(2) saturable absorber.

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    Wu, Kan; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Wang, Jun; Chen, Jianping

    2015-04-01

    We report on the passive-mode-locking operation of a fiber laser with a fundamental repetition rate of 463 MHz based on molybdenum disulfide (MoS(2)) saturable absorber (SA). By embedding MoS(2) into polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) thin film, MoS(2)-PVA SA was prepared with a modulation depth of 2.7% and a saturation intensity of 137  MW/cm(2). The mode-locked fiber laser-employed MoS(2)-PVA SA was achieved with center wavelength of 1556.3 nm, 3-dB bandwidth of 6.1 nm, output power of 5.9 mW, and an extinction ratio of up to 97 dB in the RF spectrum. The demonstration of mode-locking operation with high fundamental repetition rate and high spectral purity indicates that MoS(2)-PVA SA can be a good candidate for high-precision ultrafast applications.

  5. 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.

  6. Complete pulse characterization of quantum dot mode-locked lasers suitable for optical communication up to 160 Gbit/s.

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    Schmeckebier, H; Fiol, G; Meuer, C; Arsenijević, D; Bimberg, D

    2010-02-15

    A complete characterization of pulse shape and phase of a 1.3 microm, monolithic-two-section, quantum-dot mode-locked laser (QD-MLL) at a repetition rate of 40 GHz is presented, based on frequency resolved optical gating. We show that the pulse broadening of the QD-MLL is caused by linear chirp for all values of current and voltage investigated here. The chirp increases with the current at the gain section, whereas larger bias at the absorber section leads to less chirp and therefore to shorter pulses. Pulse broadening is observed at very high bias, likely due to the quantum confined stark effect. Passive- and hybrid-QD-MLL pulses are directly compared. Improved pulse intensity profiles are found for hybrid mode locking. Via linear chirp compensation pulse widths down to 700 fs can be achieved independent of current and bias, resulting in a significantly increased overall mode-locking range of 101 MHz. The suitability of QD-MLL chirp compensated pulse combs for optical communication up to 160 Gbit/s using optical-time-division multiplexing are demonstrated by eye diagrams and autocorrelation measurements.

  7. Stochasticity, periodicity and localized light structures in partially mode-locked fibre lasers

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    Churkin, D. V.; Sugavanam, S.; Tarasov, N.; Khorev, S.; Smirnov, S. V.; Kobtsev, S. M.; Turitsyn, S. K.

    2015-01-01

    Physical systems with co-existence and interplay of processes featuring distinct spatio-temporal scales are found in various research areas ranging from studies of brain activity to astrophysics. The complexity of such systems makes their theoretical and experimental analysis technically and conceptually challenging. Here, we discovered that while radiation of partially mode-locked fibre lasers is stochastic and intermittent on a short time scale, it exhibits non-trivial periodicity and long-scale correlations over slow evolution from one round-trip to another. A new technique for evolution mapping of intensity autocorrelation function has enabled us to reveal a variety of localized spatio-temporal structures and to experimentally study their symbiotic co-existence with stochastic radiation. Real-time characterization of dynamical spatio-temporal regimes of laser operation is set to bring new insights into rich underlying nonlinear physics of practical active- and passive-cavity photonic systems. PMID:25947951

  8. Radiation hard mode-locked laser suitable as a spaceborne frequency comb.

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    Buchs, Gilles; Kundermann, Stefan; Portuondo-Campa, Erwin; Lecomte, Steve

    2015-04-20

    We report ground-level gamma and proton radiation tests of a passively mode-locked diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) with Yb:KYW gain medium. A total gamma dose of 170 krad(H(2)O) applied in 5 days generates minor changes in performances while maintaining solitonic regime. Pre-irradiation specifications are fully recovered over a day to a few weeks timescale. A proton fluence of 9.76·10(10) cm(-2) applied in few minutes shows no alteration of the laser performances. Furthermore, complete stabilization of the laser shows excellent noise properties. From our results, we claim that the investigated femtosecond DPSSL technology can be considered rad-hard and would be suitable for generating frequency combs compatible with long duration space missions.

  9. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS: Mode locking in a bismuth fibre laser by using a SESAM

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    Krylov, A. A.; Dvoirin, V. V.; Mashinsky, V. M.; Kryukov, P. G.; Okhotnikov, O. G.; Guina, M.

    2008-03-01

    By using a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror (SESAM) optimised for operation in the spectral range from 1100 to 1200 nm, passive mode locking is obtained in a cw bismuth-doped fibre laser. Pumping was performed by a cw ytterbium-doped fibre laser at a wavelength of 1075 nm. The operation of the laser is studied by using either a fibre Bragg grating or a loop fibre Sagnac mirror as the output resonator mirror. Stable laser pulses of duration from 50 ps to 3.5 ns, depending on the output mirror type, were generated. The pulse repetition rate was 11 MHz at a wavelength of ~1160 nm and the maximum spectral width of 2.1 nm. The maximum average output power was 7.8 mW upon pumping by 1140 mW.

  10. Environmental stability of actively mode locked fibre lasers

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    Hill, Calum H.; Lee, Stephen T.; Reid, Derryck T.; Baili, Ghaya; Davies, John

    2016-10-01

    Lasers developed for defence related applications typically encounter issues with reliability and meeting desired specification when taken from the lab to the product line. In particular the harsh environmental conditions a laser has to endure can lead to difficulties. This paper examines a specific class of laser, namely actively mode-locked fibre lasers (AMLFLs), and discusses the impact of environmental perturbations. Theoretical and experimental results have assisted in developing techniques to improve the stability of a mode-locked pulse train for continuous operation. Many of the lessons learned in this research are applicable to a much broader category of lasers. The AMLFL consists of a fibre ring cavity containing a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), an isolator, an output coupler, a circulator, a bandpass filter and a modulator. The laser produces a train of 6-ps pulses at 800 nm with a repetition rate in the GHz regime and a low-noise profile. This performance is realisable in a laboratory environment. However, even small changes in temperature on the order of 0.1 °C can cause a collapse of mode-locked dynamics such that the required stability cannot be achieved without suitable feedback. Investigations into the root causes of this failure were performed by changing the temperature of components that constitute the laser resonator and observing their properties. Several different feedback mechanisms have been investigated to improve laser stability in an environment with dynamic temperature changes. Active cavity length control will be discussed along with DC bias control of the Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM).

  11. Effects of dispersion on mode locking in optical parametric oscillators

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    Longhi, S.

    1995-08-01

    We discuss the role that group-velocity dispersion and cavity detuning play in the onset of mode locking in synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillators. Because of the phase-sensitive character of the parametric gain, it is shown for the degenerate case that dispersion effects associated with off-resonance operation can lead to subpulse structures and spectral splitting of the parametric pulses. This behavior is interpreted on the basis of a dispersion-induced interference phenomenon between the two nearly degenerate parametric photons produced by the conversion of one pump photon in the nonlinear medium.

  12. Nanoscale charcoal powder induced saturable absorption and mode-locking of a low-gain erbium-doped fiber-ring laser

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    Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Chi, Yu-Chieh; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2013-05-01

    Triturated charcoal nano-powder directly brushed on a fiber connector end-face is used for the first time as a fast saturable absorber for a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber-ring laser (EDFL). These dispersant-free charcoal nano-powders with a small amount of crystalline graphene phase and highly disordered carbon structure exhibit a broadened x-ray diffraction peak and their Raman spectrum shows the existence of a carbon related D-band at 1350 cm-1 and the disappearance of the 2D-band peak at 2700 cm-1. The charcoal nano-powder exhibits a featureless linear absorbance in the infrared region with its linear transmittance of 0.66 nonlinearly saturated at 0.73 to give a ΔT/T of 10%. Picosecond mode-locking at a transform-limited condition of a low-gain EDFL is obtained by using the charcoal nano-powder. By using a commercial EDFA with a linear gain of only 17 dB at the saturated output power of 17.5 dB m required to initiate the saturable absorption of the charcoal nano-powder, the EDFL provides a pulsewidth narrowing from 3.3 to 1.36 ps associated with its spectral linewidth broadening from 0.8 to 1.83 nm on increasing the feedback ratio from 30 to 90%. This investigation indicates that all the carbon-based materials containing a crystalline graphene phase can be employed to passively mode-lock the EDFL, however, the disordered carbon structure inevitably induces a small modulation depth and a large mode-locking threshold, thus limiting the pulsewidth shortening. Nevertheless, the nanoscale charcoal passively mode-locked EDFL still shows the potential to generate picosecond pulses under a relatively low cavity gain. An appropriate cavity design can be used to compensate this defect-induced pulsewidth limitation and obtain a short pulsewidth.

  13. 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

    2011-08-01

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

  14. Dynamics of solid-state lasers pumped by mode-locked lasers.

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    Wellmann, Barbara; Spence, David J; Coutts, David W

    2015-02-23

    We analyze the dynamics of mode-locked pumped solid-state lasers focusing on the transition between mode-locked and CW behavior. Where the ratio of the pump and laser cavity lengths is a rational number, 'rational-harmonic mode-locking' is obtained. When the cavity length is detuned away from such resonances, modulated continuous output is generated. The transition from mode-locked to modulated CW operation is explored experimentally for a Ce:LiCAF laser operating at 290 nm and pumped by a 78.75 MHz mode-locked frequency quadrupled Nd:YVO(4) laser. Both CW output and mode-locked output with pulse repetition rates up to 1.1 GHz were achieved. A rate equation model is developed to predict optimum cavity lengths for achieving CW output with minimized modulation.

  15. 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

  16. 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

    2015-01-22

    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.

  17. Quantum model for mode locking in pulsed semiconductor quantum dots

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    Beugeling, W.; Uhrig, Götz S.; Anders, Frithjof B.

    2016-12-01

    Quantum dots in GaAs/InGaAs structures have been proposed as a candidate system for realizing quantum computing. The short coherence time of the electronic quantum state that arises from coupling to the nuclei of the substrate is dramatically increased if the system is subjected to a magnetic field and to repeated optical pulsing. This enhancement is due to mode locking: oscillation frequencies resonant with the pulsing frequencies are enhanced, while off-resonant oscillations eventually die out. Because the resonant frequencies are determined by the pulsing frequency only, the system becomes immune to frequency shifts caused by the nuclear coupling and by slight variations between individual quantum dots. The effects remain even after the optical pulsing is terminated. In this work, we explore the phenomenon of mode locking from a quantum mechanical perspective. We treat the dynamics using the central-spin model, which includes coupling to 10-20 nuclei and incoherent decay of the excited electronic state, in a perturbative framework. Using scaling arguments, we extrapolate our results to realistic system parameters. We estimate that the synchronization to the pulsing frequency needs time scales in the order of 1 s .

  18. Self-mode-locked quantum-dot vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser.

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    Gaafar, Mahmoud; Nakdali, Dalia Al; Möller, Christoph; Fedorova, Ksenia A; Wichmann, Matthias; Shakfa, Mohammad Khaled; Zhang, Fan; Rahimi-Iman, Arash; Rafailov, Edik U; Koch, Martin

    2014-08-01

    We present the first self-mode-locked optically pumped quantum-dot semiconductor disk laser. Our mode-locked device emits sub-picosecond pulses at a wavelength of 1040 nm and features a record peak power of 460 W at a repetition rate of 1.5 GHz. In this work, we also investigate the temperature dependence of the pulse duration as well as the time-bandwidth product for stable mode locking.

  19. Self-mode-locked chromium-doped forsterite laser generates 50-fs pulses

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    Seas, A.; Petricevic, V.; Alfano, R. R.

    1993-01-01

    Stable transform-limited (delta nu-delta tau = 0.32) femtosecond pulses with a FWHM of 50 fs were generated from a self-mode-locked chromium-doped forsterite laser. The forsterite laser was synchronously pumped by a CW mode-locked Nd:YAG (82 MHz) laser that generated picosecond pulses (200-300 ps) and provided the starting mechanism for self-mode-locked operation. Maximum output power was 45 mW for 3.9 W of absorbed pumped power with the use of an output coupler with 1 percent transmission. The self-mode-locked forsterite laser was tuned from 1240 to 1270 nm.

  20. Multilayered graphene efficiently formed by mechanical exfoliation for nonlinear saturable absorbers in fiber mode-locked lasers

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    Chang, You Min; Kim, Hyungseok; Lee, Ju Han; Song, Yong-Won

    2010-11-01

    An efficiently prepared graphene from a bulk graphite using mechanical exfoliation is experimentally investigated for the first practical application to ultrafast photonics. Overcoming the limitations of the method in its size and atomic layer control, the multilayered graphene guarantees a nonlinear intensity modulation. After confirming its excellent crystal quality and few-layered nanostructure employing Raman analysis and atomic force microscopy the graphene layer is introduced into a fiber laser as an intracavity saturable absorber to realize the passive mode-locking that produces picosecond pulses at the repetition rate of 10.9 MHz. Extinction ratio of the resultant pulsed output is higher than 40 dB.

  1. 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.

  2. Mode-locked Er:Yb-doped double-clad fiber laser with 75-nm tuning range.

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    Meng, Yichang; Salhi, Mohamed; Niang, Alioune; Guesmi, Khmaies; Semaan, Georges; Sanchez, Francois

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate a widely tunable Er:Yb-doped double-clad multiple-soliton fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR). Based on both an artificial birefringent filtering effect of the cavity and population inversion related gain variation, the central wavelength can be continuously tuned over 75 nm range (1545-1620 nm). Wavelength tunability is achieved by controlling both the linear loss of the cavity and the polarization controllers (PCs). This is the widest tunable range yet reported in tunable passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber lasers.

  3. 1.55-μm mode-locked quantum-dot lasers with 300 MHz frequency tuning range

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    Sadeev, T. Arsenijević, D.; Bimberg, D.; Franke, D.; Kreissl, J.; Künzel, H.

    2015-01-19

    Passive mode-locking of two-section quantum-dot mode-locked lasers grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on InP is reported. 1250-μm long lasers exhibit a wide tuning range of 300 MHz around the fundamental mode-locking frequency of 33.48 GHz. The frequency tuning is achieved by varying the reverse bias of the saturable absorber from 0 to −2.2 V and the gain section current from 90 to 280 mA. 3 dB optical spectra width of 6–7 nm leads to ex-facet optical pulses with full-width half-maximum down to 3.7 ps. Single-section quantum-dot mode-locked lasers show 0.8 ps broad optical pulses after external fiber-based compression. Injection current tuning from 70 to 300 mA leads to 30 MHz frequency tuning.

  4. 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

    2016-04-01

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27126900

  7. 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 <1 ps pulse 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.

  8. Mode-locked frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser

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    Brookman, J. S.

    1976-01-01

    The design, fabrication, test, and delivery of two mode-locked, frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser systems are described. Each system was comprised of two units, the laser head and optics on an Invar plate and the electronics control unit in a relay rack chassis panel. Laser number one operated at a repetition rate of 400 MHz and was designed for use in an optical communication system. Laser number two operated at 200 MHz repetition rate and was designed for optical ranging and target signature experiments. Both lasers had a pulse width of 200 ps at the 10% amplitude points at 1.064 micrometer wavelength (150 ps at 0.532 micrometers) with an amplitude stability of + or - 4%. Output power exceeded the design goals.

  9. Dual mode-locked swept sources for SS-OCT

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    Stancu, Radu F.; Podoleanu, Adrian G.

    2016-03-01

    A novel dual-mode-locking mechanism was developed in order to tune an akinetic swept source (AKSS) based on dispersive cavity at a repetition rate close to, but slightly different from the inverse of the cavity roundtrip. Several optical source configurations emitting in the 1060 nm or 1550 nm wavelength region were developed, characterized and tested in OCT applications. For the 1550 nm swept source employing a Faraday rotating mirror in a dispersive cavity, sweeping rates in the range of MHz were achieved, from 782 kHz to up to 5 times this value, with proportional decrease in the tuning bandwidth. Linewidths smaller than 60 pm and output powers exceeding a few mW were measured. The 1060 nm swept source implemented was used to generate OCT images of a pressure sensitive adhesive.

  10. Mode-locking of thulium-doped and erbium-doped fiber lasers

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    Nelson, Lynn Elizabeth

    This thesis reports work on passive mode-locking of thulium-doped and erbium-doped fiber ring lasers using the technique of polarization additive pulse mode-locking (P-APM). A self-starting, mode-locked Tm+3-doped fiber laser was demonstrated with 360 to 500 fsec pulses tunable from 1.8 to 1.9 μm, the largest tuning range demonstrated from a rare-earth doped fiber. This laser operated in the soliton regime due to the large negative group-velocity dispersion (GVD) of the fiber at 1.8 μm. A possible application to optical coherence tomography on biomedical tissue was explored. A stretched-pulse Er+3-doped laser at 1.55 μm was optimized for the application of frequency-doubling to 775 nm where the pulses can be used as a seed for a Ti:Sapphire regenerative amplifier. This laser incorporated segments of fiber with positive and negative GVD to avoid operation in the soliton regime. Compressed fundamental pulses of 100 fsec and 2.7 nJ were obtained, and three nonlinear crystals, β- BaB2O4 (BBO), KNbO3 (potassium niobate), and LiB3O5 (LBO), were evaluated for frequency doubling. Near transform-limited pulses at 771 nm with average powers of 8.7 mW were obtained with a 1-cm BBO crystal, corresponding to conversion efficiencies of up to 10%. Frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) measurements were performed on both the fundamental and doubled pulses to better characterize the laser. The effect of linear birefringence on P-APM was explored through numerical simulations for the case of standard fibers, where the two are of the same order. Although reduced by the birefringence, pulse shaping still occurred and there was no inherent periodicity due to the fiber beat-length. Measurements of birefringence and temperature sensitivity of both standard and polarization maintaining (PM) fibers were also performed. Experimental work toward an environmentally stable Er+3-doped fiber laser included two different schemes. The first design was comprised of only PM-fiber, but stable

  11. Active mode locking of quantum cascade lasers in an external ring cavity

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    Revin, D. G.; Hemingway, M.; Wang, Y.; Cockburn, J. W.; Belyanin, A.

    2016-01-01

    Stable ultrashort light pulses and frequency combs generated by mode-locked lasers have many important applications including high-resolution spectroscopy, fast chemical detection and identification, studies of ultrafast processes, and laser metrology. While compact mode-locked lasers emitting in the visible and near infrared range have revolutionized photonic technologies, the systems operating in the mid-infrared range where most gases have their strong absorption lines, are bulky and expensive and rely on nonlinear frequency down-conversion. Quantum cascade lasers are the most powerful and versatile compact light sources in the mid-infrared range, yet achieving their mode-locked operation remains a challenge, despite dedicated effort. Here we report the demonstration of active mode locking of an external-cavity quantum cascade laser. The laser operates in the mode-locked regime at room temperature and over the full dynamic range of injection currents. PMID:27147409

  12. Degradation of optical properties of a film-type single-wall carbon nanotubes saturable absorber (SWNT-SA) with an Er-doped all-fiber laser.

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    Ryu, Sung Yoon; Kim, Kyung-Soo; Kim, Jungwon; Kim, Soohyun

    2012-06-04

    Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are promising materials for saturable absorbers (SAs) in mode-locked lasers. However it has been widely recognized that the degradation of optical properties of film-type SWNTs used in femtosecond mode-locked lasers limits the achievable long-term stability of such lasers. In this paper, we study the degradation of optical properties of SWNT-SA fabricated as sandwich type using HiPCO SWNTs with an Er-doped all-fiber laser. The thresholds of laser pump power are examined to avoid the damage of the SWNT-SA. Based on the proposed analysis, it is shown that all-fiber laser pulses of 300 fs pulse width, 3.85 mW average output power, 211.7 MW/cm² peak intensity and 69.9 MHz repetition rate can be reliably generated without any significant damage to the SWNT-SA film.

  13. Doping management for high-power fiber lasers: 100 W, few-picosecond pulse generation from an all-fiber-integrated amplifier.

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    Elahi, P; Yılmaz, S; Akçaalan, O; Kalaycıoğlu, H; Oktem, B; Senel, C; Ilday, F Ö; Eken, K

    2012-08-01

    Thermal effects, which limit the average power, can be minimized by using low-doped, longer gain fibers, whereas the presence of nonlinear effects requires use of high-doped, shorter fibers to maximize the peak power. We propose the use of varying doping levels along the gain fiber to circumvent these opposing requirements. By analogy to dispersion management and nonlinearity management, we refer to this scheme as doping management. As a practical first implementation, we report on the development of a fiber laser-amplifier system, the last stage of which has a hybrid gain fiber composed of high-doped and low-doped Yb fibers. The amplifier generates 100 W at 100 MHz with pulse energy of 1 μJ. The seed source is a passively mode-locked fiber oscillator operating in the all-normal-dispersion regime. The amplifier comprises three stages, which are all-fiber-integrated, delivering 13 ps pulses at full power. By optionally placing a grating compressor after the first stage amplifier, chirp of the seed pulses can be controlled, which allows an extra degree of freedom in the interplay between dispersion and self-phase modulation. This way, the laser delivers 4.5 ps pulses with ~200 kW peak power directly from fiber, without using external pulse compression.

  14. A wide bandwidth free-electron laser with mode locking using current modulation.

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    Kur, E.; Dunning, D. J.; McNeil, B. W. J.; Wurtele, J.; Zholents, A. A. )

    2011-01-20

    A new scheme for mode locking a free-electron laser amplifier is proposed based on electron beam current modulation. It is found that certain properties of the original concept, based on the energy modulation of electrons, are improved including the spectral brightness of the source and the purity of the series of short pulses. Numerical comparisons are made between the new and old schemes and between a mode-locked free-electron laser and self-amplified spontaneous emission free-electron laser. Illustrative examples using a hypothetical mode-locked free-electron laser amplifier are provided. The ability to generate intense coherent radiation with a large bandwidth is demonstrated.

  15. 2.6 W diode-pumped actively mode-locked Tm:YLF laser

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    Mužík, J.; Jelínek, M., Jr.; Vyhlídal, D.; Kubeček, V.

    2015-03-01

    We have experimentally demonstrated an actively mode-locked laser with a Tm3+-doped yttrium lithium fluoride crystal (YLF). A continuous mode-locked regime was achieved using an acousto-optic modulator and a stable train of pulses with 149.3 MHz repetition rate, 170 ps pulse width and 2.6 W average output power at 1.91 µm in a nearly diffraction-limited beam was obtained. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on a diode-pumped actively mode-locked bulk thulium laser with a stable output.

  16. Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb: GSO laser generating 72 fs pulses

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    Tian, Wenlong; Wang, Zhaohua; Zhu, Jiangfeng; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-05-01

    The generation of 72 fs hyperbolic secant pulses centered at 1050 nm with 17.8 nm bandwidth from a diode pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb: GSO laser is demonstrated. With the help of a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror, stable mode-locking with an average output power of 85 mW at a repetition rate of 113 MHz is realized. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of Kerr-lens mode-locking in Yb: GSO laser.

  17. Problems in the self-consistent profile approach to the theory of laser mode-locking

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    New, G. H. C.; Catherall, J. M.

    1984-05-01

    The 'self-consistent profile' approach to mode-locking theory, in the case of a laser medium with a short recovery time is studied. Taking the case of mode-locking by synchronous pumping as a specific example, steady-state profiles derived from a commonly-used approximate method are compared with those generated by an essentially exact numerical technique. Substantial discrepancies in the solutions are shown to arise from invalid assumptions in the standard approach, suggesting that results predicted by this method in other areas of mode-locking theory should be treated with caution.

  18. Mode-locking dynamics of hair cells of the inner ear

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    Fredrickson-Hemsing, Lea; Ji, Seung; Bruinsma, Robijn; Bozovic, Dolores

    2012-08-01

    We explore mode locking of spontaneous oscillations of saccular hair cell bundles to periodic mechanical deflections. A simple dynamic systems framework is presented that captures the main features of the experimentally observed behavior in the form of an Arnold tongue. We propose that the phase-locking transition can proceed via different bifurcations. At low stimulus amplitudes F, the transition to mode locking as a function of the stimulus frequency ω has the character of a saddle-node bifurcation on an invariant circle. At higher stimulus amplitudes, the mode-locking transition has the character of a supercritical Andronov-Hopf bifurcation.

  19. Generation of sub-7-cycle optical pulses from a mode-locked ytterbium-doped single-mode fiber oscillator pumped by polarization-combined 915 nm laser diodes.

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    Kurita, Takashi; Yoshida, Hidetsugu; Kawashima, Toshiyuki; Miyanaga, Noriaki

    2012-10-01

    We report on a passively mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber oscillator pumped by polarization-combined diodes emitting at a wavelength of 915 nm instead of 976 nm. Stable mode-locked operation based on nonlinear polarization evolution generated a broad spectrum of 140 nm, spanning from 950 to 1090 nm. The output power was 16.3 mW at a repetition rate of 93.1 MHz. External compression using a pair of transmission gratings resulted in pulse durations as short as 21.6 fs, which is equivalent to 6.6 cycle optical pulses at a wavelength of around 1000 nm.

  20. 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.

  1. Generation of 103 fs mode-locked pulses by a gain linewidth-variable Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal.

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    Qin, Z P; Xie, G Q; Ma, J; Ge, W Y; Yuan, P; Qian, L J; Su, L B; Jiang, D P; Ma, F K; Zhang, Q; Cao, Y X; Xu, J

    2014-04-01

    We have demonstrated a diode-pumped passively mode-locked femtosecond Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal laser for the first time to our knowledge. By choosing appropriate Y-doping concentration, a broad fluorescence linewidth of 31 nm has been obtained from the gain linewidth-variable Nd,Y:CaF2 crystal. With the Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal as gain medium, the mode-locked laser generated pulses with pulse duration as short as 103 fs, average output power of 89 mW, and repetition rate of 100 MHz. To our best knowledge, this is the shortest pulse generated from Nd-doped crystal lasers so far. The research results show that the Nd,Y:CaF2 disordered crystal will be a potential alternative as gain medium of repetitive chirped pulse amplification for high-peak-power lasers.

  2. Ultrafast erbium-doped fiber laser mode-locked by a CVD-grown molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) saturable absorber.

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    Xia, Handing; Li, Heping; Lan, Changyong; Li, Chun; Zhang, Xiaoxia; Zhang, Shangjian; Liu, Yong

    2014-07-14

    We demonstrate an erbium-doped fiber laser passively mode-locked by a multilayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS(2)) saturable absorber (SA). The multilayer MoS(2) is prepared by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method and transferred onto the end-face of a fiber connector. Taking advantage of the excellent saturable absorption of the fabricated MoS(2)-based SA, stable mode locking is obtained at a pump threshold of 31 mW. Resultant output soliton pulses have central wavelength, spectral width, pulse duration, and repetition rate of 1568.9 nm, 2.6 nm, 1.28 ps, and 8.288 MHz, respectively. The experimental results show that multilayer MoS(2) is a promising material for ultrafast laser systems.

  3. Dual-wavelength synchronously mode-locked laser of a Nd:Y3ScAl4O12 disordered crystal

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    Feng, Chao; Zhang, Huanian; Wang, Qingpu; Fang, Jiaxiong

    2017-04-01

    We demonstrated a dual-wavelength passively mode-locked Nd:YSAG laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror as the modulator. The maximum average output power was about 470 mW under the absorbed pump power of 4.2 W. The laser exhibited stable double wavelength synchronous mode-locked oscillation at 1060.8 nm and 1063.2 nm. The pulsed repetition rate was about 87.4 MHz, and the single pulse energy was calculated to be 5.38 nJ. The envelope of the autocorrelation interference pattern presented a Gaussian pulse shape and the pulse width was about 3.8 ps. The beat pulse had a repetition rate of 0.67 THz and the beat pulse width was about 800 fs. Additionally, numerical simulation was conducted to analyze the autocorrelation trace.

  4. 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.; Abramski, K. M.; Jagiello, J.; Lipinska, L.

    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%.

  5. Carbon nanotube-based mode-locked wavelength-switchable fiber laser via net gain cross section alteration

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    Latif, A. A.; Mohamad, H.; Abu Bakar, M. H.; Muhammad, F. D.; Mahdi, M. A.

    2016-02-01

    We have proposed and demonstrated a carbon nanotube-based mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser with switchable wavelength in the C-band wavelength region by varying the net gain cross section of erbium. The carbon nanotube is coated on a tapered fiber to form the saturable absorber for the purpose of mode-locking by exploiting the concept of evanescent field interaction on the tapered fiber with the carbon nanotube in a ring cavity configuration. The propagation loss is adjusted by inducing macrobend losses of the optical fiber in the cavity through a fiber spooling technique. Since the spooling radius can be gradually adjusted to achieve continuous tuning of attenuation, this passive tuning approach can be an alternative to optical tunable attenuator, with freedom of external device integration into the laser cavity. Based on this alteration, the net gain cross section of the laser system can be tailored to three different lasing wavelength ranges; 1533, 1560 nm and both (1533 and 1560 nm) with the minimum pulse duration of 734 fs. The proposed design is simple and stable with high beam quality and good reliability for multiple applications.

  6. 8.5  W mode-locked Yb:Lu1.5Y1.5Al5O12 laser with master oscillator power amplifiers.

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    Wang, Fuyong; Qin, Zhipeng; Xie, Guoqiang; Yuan, Peng; Qian, Liejia; Xu, Xiaodong; Xu, Jun

    2015-02-10

    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 2.4 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 midinfrared optical parametric oscillators, material microprocessing, and UV light generation.

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

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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27991574

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Dual-wavelength synchronously mode-locked Nd:CNGG laser.

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    Xie, G Q; Tang, D Y; Luo, H; Zhang, H J; Yu, H H; Wang, J Y; Tao, X T; Jiang, M H; Qian, L J

    2008-08-15

    We have experimentally demonstrated a dual-wavelength synchronously mode-locked Nd:CNGG laser based on the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror technique. Mode locking was achieved simultaneously on two gain bands of the crystal that have a central wavelength separation of 2.4 nm. The fundamental mode-locked pulse train has a repetition rate of 88 MHz and pulse duration of 5 ps, with an average output power of approximately 90 mW. Autocorrelation measurements show that each of the synchronously mode-locked pulses consists of a train of quasi-periodic beat pulses with a 660 fs pulse width and a 0.63 THz repetition rate.

  11. Antiresonant ring interferometer for laser cavity dumping, mode locking, and other applications

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    Siegman, A. E.

    1975-01-01

    Applications in lasers for antiresonant ring interferometer include coupled laser cavities, variable laser-output coupling, intercavity harmonic-output coupling, mode locking, cavity dumping, and pulse code modulation.

  12. Sub-100-fs Cr:YAG laser mode-locked by monolayer graphene saturable absorber.

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    Davide Di Dio Cafiso, Samuele; Ugolotti, Elena; Schmidt, Andreas; Petrov, Valentin; Griebner, Uwe; Agnesi, Antonio; Cho, Won Bae; Jung, Bo Hee; Rotermund, Fabian; Bae, Sukang; Hong, Byung Hee; Reali, Giancarlo; Pirzio, Federico

    2013-05-15

    We report on mode-locking of a Cr:YAG laser at 1516 nm using a monolayer graphene-based saturable absorber of transmission type generating 91 fs pulses with a Fourier product of 0.38 at an average output power exceeding 100 mW. Stable single-pulse mode-locked operation without any sign of Q-switching instabilities or multiple pulses is achieved.

  13. Observation of coherent effects using a mode-locked rubidium laser

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    Zhang, Aihua; Sautenkov, Vladimir A.; Rostovtsev, Yuri V.; Welch, George R.

    2017-02-01

    We study a diode-pumped alkaline rubidium laser operating at the D 1-line transition. The mode-locked regime of laser operation using an active technique inside the laser cavity has been demonstrated. We have also experimentally shown that the mode-locked laser radiation can be used to observe coherent effects: the electromagnetically induced transparency and the nonlinear Faraday rotation in Rb vapor.

  14. Automation of Mode Locking in a Nonlinear Polarization Rotation Fiber Laser through Output Polarization Measurements.

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    Olivier, Michel; Gagnon, Marc-Daniel; Habel, Joé

    2016-02-28

    When a laser is mode-locked, it emits a train of ultra-short pulses at a repetition rate determined by the laser cavity length. This article outlines a new and inexpensive procedure to force mode locking in a pre-adjusted nonlinear polarization rotation fiber laser. This procedure is based on the detection of a sudden change in the output polarization state when mode locking occurs. This change is used to command the alignment of the intra-cavity polarization controller in order to find mode-locking conditions. More specifically, the value of the first Stokes parameter varies when the angle of the polarization controller is swept and, moreover, it undergoes an abrupt variation when the laser enters the mode-locked state. Monitoring this abrupt variation provides a practical easy-to-detect signal that can be used to command the alignment of the polarization controller and drive the laser towards mode locking. This monitoring is achieved by feeding a small portion of the signal to a polarization analyzer measuring the first Stokes parameter. A sudden change in the read out of this parameter from the analyzer will occur when the laser enters the mode-locked state. At this moment, the required angle of the polarization controller is kept fixed. The alignment is completed. This procedure provides an alternate way to existing automating procedures that use equipment such as an optical spectrum analyzer, an RF spectrum analyzer, a photodiode connected to an electronic pulse-counter or a nonlinear detecting scheme based on two-photon absorption or second harmonic generation. It is suitable for lasers mode locked by nonlinear polarization rotation. It is relatively easy to implement, it requires inexpensive means, especially at a wavelength of 1550 nm, and it lowers the production and operation costs incurred in comparison to the above-mentioned techniques.

  15. All fiber-based Yb-doped high energy, high power femtosecond fiber lasers.

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    Wan, Peng; Yang, Lih-Mei; Liu, Jian

    2013-12-02

    Two all fiber-based laser systems are demonstrated to achieve high energy and high average power femtosecond pulsed outputs at wavelength of 1 µm. In the high energy laser system, a pulse energy of 1.05 mJ (0.85 mJ after pulse compressor) at 100 kHz repetition rate has been realized by a Yb-doped ultra large-core single-mode photonic crystal fiber (PCF) rod amplifier, seeded with a 50 µJ fiber laser. The pulse duration is 705 fs. In the high average power experiment, a large mode area (LMA) fiber has been used in the final stage amplifier, seeded with a 50 W mode locked fiber laser. The system is running at a repetition rate of 69 MHz producing 1052 W of average power before compressor. After pulse compression, a pulse duration of 800 fs was measured.

  16. Intermode beating mode-locking technique for O-band mixed-cascaded Raman fiber lasers.

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    Luo, Zhengqian; Zhong, Min; Xiong, Fengfu; Wu, Duanduan; Huang, Yizhong; Li, Yingyue; Le, Lili; Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping

    2015-02-15

    A novel intermode beating mode-locking (IBML) technique combined with a cascaded Raman process is proposed to mode-lock an O-band two-cascaded Raman fiber laser. Using a 980-m-long phosphosilicate fiber pumped by a 1064 nm laser, the second-order Raman oscillation at 1319 nm is generated by the mixed-cascaded Raman shifts of P2O5 and SiO2. By precisely matching the intermode beating frequencies of the 1064 nm pump laser and the second-order Raman cavity frequency, harmonic mode-locking at 1319 nm is initiated. The dynamic process of the IBML operation in the cascaded Raman laser is experimentally investigated. The 131st-order harmonic mode-locking with a repetition rate of 27.247 MHz is very stable with the radio-frequency (RF) signal-to-noise ratio of >56  dB and the RF supermode-suppression ratio of >43  dB. The mode-locked pulses with the square profile are confirmed as the noise-like pulses by an autocorrelator. The IBML technique, in combination with the cascaded Raman process, could offer an exciting new prospect for obtaining simple, compact, and arbitrary-wavelength mode-locked laser sources.

  17. Experimental Investigation of Wavelength-Tunable All-Normal-Dispersion Yb-Doped Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers: Compression and Amplification

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    Xiao, Xiao-Sheng; Hua, Yi

    2015-02-01

    Wavelength-tunable ultrashort pulse source with high energy is highly desired for a lot of applications. The wavelength-tunable all-normal-dispersion (ANDi) mode-locked fiber laser, which can be compressed easily and amplified by an all-fiber structure, is a promising seed of such a source with compact structures. The pulse compression and amplification at different center wavelengths (from 1026 to 1058 nm) of the tunable ANDi Ybdoped mode-locked fiber lasers that we previously proposed are experimentally investigated in this work. It is found that, for different wavelengths, the duration and chirp of the direct output pulse from the oscillator vary considerably, however, the duration of compressed pulse fluctuates less. For the amplification process, due to the unflat gain spectrum of Yb-doped fiber, the gain at a short wavelength is larger than that at a long wavelength. Consequently, the trends of spectrum distortions induced by the amplification process are different for different wavelengths. These results and analyses will be helpful for the design of a high-energy and wavelength-tunable ultrashort pulse source based on an ANDi seed.

  18. Observation of self-mode-locked noise-like pulses from a net normal dispersion erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Li, Kexuan; Tian, Jinrong; Guoyu, Heyang; Xu, Runqin; Song, Yanrong

    2017-04-01

    Self-mode-locked noise-like pulses (NLPs) were experimentally investigated from a normal dispersion erbium-doped fiber laser. Different from noise-like pulses with a broadband spectrum, the self-mode-locked NLPs have a narrow optical spectrum of 1–2 nm and hundreds of nanoseconds duration. However, the intra-cavity maximum energy of NLPs is up to 560 nJ without pulse breaking. The higher pulse energy output is promising in the proposed fiber laser. To confirm whether self-mode-locked NLPs are caused by an invisible nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) mechanism owing to slight residual polarization asymmetry of the fiber and components used, we compared the output characteristics between self-mode-locked NLPs and NPR mode-locked pulses in the same cavity. The experimental results show that the formation mechanism of such self-mode-locked NLPs could be related to a weak NPR effect.

  19. Efficient graphene Q switching and mode locking of 1.34 μm neodymium lasers.

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    Xu, Jin-Long; Li, Xian-Lei; He, Jing-Liang; Hao, Xiao-Peng; Yang, Ying; Wu, Yong-Zhong; Liu, Shan-De; Zhang, Bai-Tao

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrate that few-layered graphene sheets used as a saturable absorber can provide efficient Q-switching and mode-locking modulation in 1.34 μm Nd:GdVO(4) bulk lasers. The minimum Q-switched pulses were 450 ns for 260 mW average power, 43 kHz repetition rate, and 2.5 μJ pulse energy. For the mode-locked laser, an average power of 1.29 W was achieved with 11 ps pulse duration and 13 nJ pulse energy. To our knowledge, this average power is the highest yet obtained from a graphene mode-locked laser, and the corresponding optical-optical efficiency of 23% is the best result among 1.3 μm neodymium mode-locked lasers. The quality factor M(2) of the Q-switched beam was 1.4 and 1.6 in the horizontal and longitudinal planes, respectively, and the M(2) of the mode-locked beam reached 1.1 and 1.0. These results clearly indicate the advantages of few-layered graphene as a saturable absorber.

  20. Mode locking and island suppression by resonant magnetic perturbations in Rutherford regime

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    Huang, Wenlong; Zhu, Ping

    2015-03-15

    We demonstrate in theory that tearing mode locking and magnetic island suppression by resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) can correspond to different states of a same dynamic system governed by the torque balance and the nonlinear island evolution in the Rutherford regime. In particular, mode locking corresponds to the exact steady state of this system. A new exact analytic solution has been obtained for such a steady state, which quantifies the dependence of the locked mode island width on RMP amplitude in different plasma regimes. Furthermore, two different branches of mode locking have been revealed with the new analytic solution and the branch with suppressed island width turns out to be unstable in general. On the other hand, the system also admits stable states of island suppression achieved through the RMP modulation of tearing mode rotational frequency. When the RMP amplitude is above a certain threshold, the island suppression is transient until the tearing mode eventually gets locked. When the RMP amplitude is below the mode locking threshold, the island can be suppressed in a steady state on time-average, along with transient oscillations in rotational frequency and island width due to the absence of mode locking.

  1. Mode-Locking Behavior of Izhikevich Neuron Under Periodic External Forcing

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    Farokhniaee, Amirali; Large, Edward

    2015-03-01

    In this study we obtained the regions of existence of various mode-locked states on the periodic-strength plane, which are called Arnold Tongues, for Izhikevich neurons. The study is based on the new model for neurons by Izhikevich (2003) which is the normal form of Hodgkin-Huxley neuron. This model is much simpler in terms of the dimension of the coupled non-linear differential equations compared to other existing models, but excellent for generating the complex spiking patterns observed in real neurons. Many neurons in the auditory system of the brain must encode amplitude variations of a periodic signal. These neurons under periodic stimulation display rich dynamical states including mode-locking and chaotic responses. Periodic stimuli such as sinusoidal waves and amplitude modulated (AM) sounds can lead to various forms of n : m mode-locked states, similar to mode-locking phenomenon in a LASER resonance cavity. Obtaining Arnold tongues provides useful insight into the organization of mode-locking behavior of neurons under periodic forcing. Hence we can describe the construction of harmonic and sub-harmonic responses in the early processing stages of the auditory system, such as the auditory nerve and cochlear nucleus.

  2. 175 GHz, 400-fs-pulse harmonically mode-locked surface emitting semiconductor laser.

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    Wilcox, Keith G; Quarterman, Adrian H; Apostolopoulos, Vasilis; Beere, Harvey E; Farrer, Ian; Ritchie, David A; Tropper, Anne C

    2012-03-26

    We report a harmonically mode-locked vertical external cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) producing 400 fs pulses at a repetition frequency of 175 GHz with an average output power of 300 mW. Harmonic mode-locking was established using a 300 µm thick intracavity single crystal diamond heat spreader in thermal contact with the front surface of the gain sample using liquid capillary bonding. The repetition frequency was set by the diamond microcavity and stable harmonic mode locking was achieved when the laser cavity length was tuned so that the laser operated on the 117th harmonic of the fundamental cavity. When an etalon placed intracavity next to the gain sample, but not in thermal contact was used pulse groups were observed. These contained 300 fs pulses with a spacing of 5.9 ps. We conclude that to achieve stable harmonic mode locking at repetition frequencies in the 100s of GHz range in a VECSEL there is a threshold pulse energy above which harmonic mode locking is achieved and below which groups of pulses are observed.

  3. 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.

  4. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETER: On the stability of lateral self-mode locking in an injection laser

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    Logginov, Aleksandr S.; Plisov, Konstantin I.

    2004-09-01

    The problem of coexistence and lateral self-mode locking in the resonator of an injection laser with a parabolically inhomogeneous permittivity is considered. The stability of the self-mode-locking process and factors causing its disturbance are studied. It is shown that the appearance of nonequidistant lateral modes due to the dependence of the refractive-index profile in a medium on the concentration of nonequilibrium carriers is the main cause of disturbing the self-mode-locking regime.

  5. Self-starting mode locking of a cw Nd:YAG laser using cascaded second-order nonlinearities.

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    Cerullo, G; De Silvestri, S; Monguzzi, A; Segala, D; Magni, V

    1995-04-01

    The nonlinear mode variations induced by the equivalent third-order susceptibility resulting from cascaded secondorder nonlinearities in an intracavity lithium triborate crystal are exploited for mode locking of a cw Nd:YAG laser. The loss modulations are provided by a slit, as in the Kerr-lens mode-locking scheme. The mode-locking process is self-starting and produces nearly transform-limited pulses of 14-ps duration with 0.5-W average power.

  6. Self-starting mode locking of a cw Nd:YAG laser using cascaded second-order nonlinearities

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    Cerullo, G.; de Silvestri, S.; Monguzzi, A.; Segala, D.; Magni, V.

    1995-04-01

    The nonlinear mode variations induced by the equivalent third-order susceptibility resulting from cascaded second-order nonlinearities in an intracavity lithium triborate crystal are exploited for mode locking of a cw Nd:YAG laser. The loss modulations are provided by a slit, as in the Kerr-lens mode-locking scheme. The mode-locking process is self-starting and produces nearly transform-limited pulses of 14-ps duration with 0.5-W average power.

  7. Nonlinear High-Energy Pulse Propagation in Graded-Index Multimode Optical Fibers for Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers

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    2014-12-23

    High-Energy Pulse Propagation in Graded -Index Multimode Optical Fibers for Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA9550-12-1...integration of large-core graded -index multimode fibers (GIMFs) in ultrafast mode-locked fiber lasers to dramatically increase the pulse energy...optical fibers, graded -index multimode fibers, nonlinear switching, waveguides, mode-locked fiber lasers, ultra-short pulse fiber lasers 16. SECURITY

  8. Different pulse pattern generation by frequency detuning in pulse modulated actively mode-locked ytterbium doped fiber laser

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    Chen, He; Chen, Sheng-Ping; Si, Lei; Zhang, Bin; Jiang, Zong-Fu

    2015-10-01

    We report the results of our recent experimental investigation of the modulation frequency detuning effect on the output pulse dynamics in a pulse modulated actively mode-locked ytterbium doped fiber laser. The experimental study shows the existence of five different mode-locking states that mainly depend on the modulation frequency detuning, which are: (a) amplitude-even harmonic/fundamental mode-locking, (b) Q-switched harmonic/fundamental mode-locking, (c) sinusoidal wave modulation mode, (d) pulses bundle state, and (e) noise-like state. A detailed experimental characterization of the output pulses dynamics in each operating mode is presented.

  9. Self-mode-locked single-section Fabry-Perot semiconductor lasers at 1.56 microm.

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    Yang, Weiguo; Sauer, Nicholas J; Bernasconi, Pietro G; Zhang, Liming

    2007-01-01

    The mode-locking mechanism of a single-section multi-spatial-mode Fabry-Perot semiconductor laser is analyzed by the additive pulse mode-locking (APM) master equation model. Critical parameters of the equivalent saturable absorber as well as the self-phase modulation are estimated. The mode-locking operation regime in terms of pulse chirp and output power is predicted by the APM model and the prediction is shown to be in good agreement with the experimental results of a 40 GHz, 6.7 ps pulse width mode-locked operation at 1.56 microm.

  10. Tunable noise-like pulse generation in mode-locked Tm fiber laser with a SESAM.

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    Mashiko, Yutaka; Fujita, Eisuke; Tokurakawa, Masaki

    2016-11-14

    We report on a tunable noise-like pulse (NLP) generation in a mode-locked Tm fiber laser with a SESAM. A tuning range of 1895-1942 nm, while keeping the spectral bandwidth of 10-19 nm under NLP mode-locked operation, was obtained by a tunable filter based on chromatic dispersion of telescope lenses. At the center wavelength of 1928 nm, the maximum output power of 195 mW with the spectral bandwidth of 18.9 nm was obtained. The repetition rate was 20.5 MHz and the corresponding pulse energy was 9.5 nJ. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a tunable NLP mode-locked laser based on chromatic dispersion of a lens system.

  11. Widely tunable mode-locked fiber laser using carbon nanotube and LPG W-shaped filter.

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    Wang, Jie; Zhang, A Ping; Shen, Yong Hang; Tam, Hwa-yaw; Wai, P K A

    2015-09-15

    A widely tunable mode-locked fiber laser using a carbon nanotube absorber and a fiber-optic W-shaped spectral filter is presented. The W-shaped filter is constructed by sandwiching a phase-shifted long-period grating between two LPGs of different periods. By adjusting the temperature of the W-shaped filter from 23°C to 100°C, the central wavelength of the mode-locked fiber laser can be continuously tuned from 1597 to 1553 nm. The tuning range is further extended to 1531.6 nm when a shorter erbium-doped fiber is used in the fiber oscillator. The experimental results reveal that the large thermal tunability of the proposed LPG filter provides an effective approach to achieve compact widely tunable mode-locked fiber lasers covering both C and L bands.

  12. Frequency synchronization of Fourier domain harmonically mode locked fiber laser by monitoring the supermode noise peaks.

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    Li, Feng; Zhang, Aiqin; Feng, Xinhuan; Wai, P K A

    2013-12-16

    In a harmonically mode locked laser, the supermode noise peaks in the RF spectrum can be observed directly because they are separated from the driving frequency and its harmonics of the active mode locker. Using a simple theoretical model, we showed that the intensities of the supermode noise peaks will decrease if the coherence of the laser output decreases. We harmonically mode locked a Fourier domain mode locked (FDML) fiber laser to the third order. We observed that the supermode noise peak intensities decrease significantly when the detune between the sweeping frequency of the tunable filter and the cavity resonant frequency increases. It is therefore possible to use the supermode noise peaks to monitor the frequency detune of the tunable filter for auto-calibration of FDML fiber lasers.

  13. Harmonic mode locking in a high-Q whispering gallery mode microcavity

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    Tanabe, Takasumi; Kato, Takumi; Kobatake, Tomoya; Suzuki, Ryo; Chen-Jinnai, Akitoshi

    2016-03-01

    We present a numerical and experimental study of the generation of harmonic mode locking in a silica toroid microcavity. We use a generalized mean-field Lugiato-Lefever equation and solve it with the split-step Fourier method. We found that a stable harmonic mode-locking regime can be accessed when we reduce the input power after strong pumping even if we do not carefully adjust the wavelength detuning. This is due to the bistable nature of the nonlinear cavity system. The experiment agrees well with the numerical analysis, where we obtain a low-noise Kerr comb spectrum with a narrow longitudinal mode spacing by gradually reducing the input pump power after strong pumping. This finding clarifies the procedure for generating harmonic mode locking in such high-Q microcavity systems.

  14. Soliton generation from a fundamentally mode-locked fiber laser with a feed-forward path

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    Wang, Ruixin; Dai, Yitang; Yin, Feifei; Xu, Kun; Li, Jianqiang; Lin, Jintong

    2014-08-01

    We demonstrate for the first time to our knowledge, the soliton generation from a mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser using a novel saturable absorber (SA), which is realized by combining a dual-drive modulator and an intensity feed-forward path. The laser is fundamentally mode-locked under high-frequency RF signal modulation. Experimentally, the actively mode-locked laser produces a 16.7 MHz repetition rate pulse train with a 1.4 ps pulse width, and the spectrum bandwidth is 2.17 nm. The results demonstrate that the SA supports soliton pulse shaping in the cavity at the fundamental frequency.

  15. 2.4 GHz CMOS Power Amplifier with Mode-Locking Structure to Enhance Gain

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    2014-01-01

    We propose a mode-locking method optimized for the cascode structure of an RF CMOS power amplifier. To maximize the advantage of the typical mode-locking method in the cascode structure, the input of the cross-coupled transistor is modified from that of a typical mode-locking structure. To prove the feasibility of the proposed structure, we designed a 2.4 GHz CMOS power amplifier with a 0.18 μm RFCMOS process for polar transmitter applications. The measured power added efficiency is 34.9%, while the saturated output power is 23.32 dBm. The designed chip size is 1.4 × 0.6 mm2. PMID:25045755

  16. Cladding-filled graphene in a photonic crystal fiber as a saturable absorber and its first application for ultrafast all-fiber laser

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    Zhao, Junqing; Ruan, Shuangchen; Yan, Peiguang; Zhang, Han; Yu, Yongqin; Wei, Huifeng; Luo, Jie

    2013-10-01

    We demonstrate a saturable absorber (SA) based on cladding-filled graphene in a specially designed and manufactured photonic crystal fiber (PCF) for the first time. The saturation absorption property is achieved through the evanescent coupling between the guided light and the cladding-filled graphene layers. To boost the mutual interaction, the PCF is designed to contain five large air holes in the cladding and small-core region. Employing this graphene-PCF SA device, we construct an erbium-doped all-fiber laser oscillator and achieve mode-locked operation. This device can pave the way for high power and all-fiber applications of photonics with graphene with some unique advantages, such as single-mode operation, nonlinearity enhancement, high-power tolerance, environmental robustness, all-fiber configuration, and easy fabrication.

  17. Efficient femtosecond mode-locked Nd,Y:SrF2 laser

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    Wei, Long; Han, Hainian; Tian, Wenlong; Liu, Jiaxing; Wang, Zhaohua; Zhu, Zheng; Jia, Yulei; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2014-09-01

    An efficient femtosecond mode-locked laser using Nd and Y-codoped SrF2 crystal as the gain medium is presented in this letter. A 332 fs pulse centered at 1057 nm with a repetition rate of 89.8 MHz, a spectral width of 4.3 nm, and a mode-locked output power of up to 395 mW has been obtained under 1 W pump power, corresponding to an optical-to-optical efficiency of 39.5% and a slope efficiency of 69%. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest optical efficiency in femtosecond Nd-doped crystal lasers.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YCOB laser generating 35 fs pulses.

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    Yoshida, Akira; Schmidt, Andreas; Petrov, Valentin; Fiebig, Christian; Erbert, Götz; Liu, Junhai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang; Griebner, Uwe

    2011-11-15

    Direct sub-50-fs pulse generation is demonstrated with a mode-locked Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 laser. With external compression, pulses as short as 35 fs are generated at 1055 nm. The oscillator operating at a repetition rate of 95 MHz is pumped by a two-section distributed Bragg reflector tapered diode laser and mode locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The onset of self-Raman-conversion for pulse spectral bandwidths exceeding 40 nm (FWHM) is observed.

  1. High-resolution measurement of fiber length by using a mode-locked fiber laser configuration.

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    Hu, Y L; Zhan, L; Zhang, Z X; Luo, S Y; Xia, Y X

    2007-06-15

    A simple method to precisely measure fiber length has been experimentally demonstrated by using a mode-locked fiber laser configuration. Since the transit time in a cavity is exactly proportional to the cavity length, it is easy to obtain the fiber length from the generation of mode-locked pulses in the fiber laser with a long-range nonlinear optical loop mirror that includes the measured fiber. Our new method has a large measurement range, over hundreds of kilometers, and a high resolution, of the order of centimeters, as well as no measurement dead zone.

  2. Polarization dynamic patterns of vector solitons in a graphene mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Han, Mengmeng; Zhang, Shumin; Li, Xingliang; Zhang, Huaxing; Yang, Hong; Yuan, Ting

    2015-02-09

    Multiple polarization dynamic patterns of vector solitons, including fundamental solitons, bunched solitons, loosely or tightly bound states and harmonic mode locking have been observed experimentally in an erbium-doped fiber ring laser with graphene as a saturable absorber. By carefully adjusting the pump power and the orientation of the intra-cavity polarization controller, either polarization rotation or polarization locked operation have all been achieved for the above vector solitons. This is the first time that high order harmonic mode locking of polarization rotation vector solitons has been achieved. The signal to noise ratio of our system was ~51 dB, which indicates that the laser operated with high stability.

  3. Energy enhancements in mode-locked laser cavities using multi-mode fiber lasers

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    Ding, Edwin; Kutz, J. Nathan

    2010-02-01

    The averaged mode-locking dynamics in a multi-mode fiber is studied. The transverse mode structures of the electric field are determined from a linear eigenvalue problem, and the co-propagation of the corresponding mode envelopes is governed by a system of coupled Ginzburg-Landau equations (CGLEs) which accounts explicitly for bandwidth-limited saturable gain as well as saturable absorption. Simulations show that stable and robust modelocked pulses with high energy can be produced. The maximum pulse energy is simulated as a function of the linear coupling and coiling loss. The present work provides for an excellent tool for characterizing mode-locking performance.

  4. A study of mode-locked argon ion-dye laser systems

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    Selfridge, R. H.

    1984-06-01

    A new argon ion dye laser double mode locking cavity is presented that allows simultaneous pulse period variation in both laser pulse trains. The predicted number of pulses are analyzed and hence the period of pulses for different cavity length adjustments. A novel approach to creating synchronous picosecond pulse trains at two wavelengths is presented. The method uses a synchronously pumped argon ion laser to cause population inversion and lasing in a mixture of rhodamine 6G and cresyl violet dye. This synchronously pumped double mode locking is simpler to implement than other two wavelength methods. The pulses produced are superior to those generated in the widely used commercial synchronously pumped systems.

  5. Actively mode-locked fiber laser using acousto-optic modulator

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    Nikodem, Michal P.; Sergeant, Hendrik; Kaczmarek, Pawel; Abramski, Krzysztof M.

    2008-12-01

    In recent years we have observed growing interest in mode-locked fiber lasers. Development of erbium doped fiber (EDF) amplifiers and WDM technique made 3rd telecommunication window extremely interesting region for ultrafast optics. The main advantages of fiber lasers i.e. narrow linewidth and wide gain bandwidth make them very attractive sources in various applications. In this paper we present an actively mode-locked erbium doped fiber ring laser. Modelocking is obtained using an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) coupled into the laser cavity. The impact of different parameters (e.g. light polarization, modulation frequency) is investigated. We study mechanisms of controlling the wavelength of the laser.

  6. Optical clock division based on dual-wavelength mode-locked semiconductor fiber ring laser.

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    Zhang, Weiwei; Sun, Junqiang; Wang, Jian; Zhang, Xingliang; Huang, Dexiu

    2008-07-21

    We have reported the optical clock division utilizing an injected mode-locked fiber ring laser incorporating semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) and a dispersion compensation fiber (DCF). The clock division is mainly caused by the modulation competition between two wavelength components while both of them satisfy the harmonic mode-locking condition at the newly generated frequency. Stable second, third, and fourth clock divisions are obtained by properly adjusting the polarization controllers inside the ring cavity when a 10-GHz clock signal without any sub-harmonic frequency component is injected into the cavity. The radio-frequency spectra show good qualities of the obtained clock division trains.

  7. Mode-locked operation of a diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:SrF2 laser.

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    Druon, F; Papadopoulos, D N; Boudeile, J; Hanna, M; Georges, P; Benayad, A; Camy, P; Doualan, J L; Ménard, V; Moncorgé, R

    2009-08-01

    Femtosecond mode-locked operation is demonstrated for the first time, to our knowledge, with a Yb:SrF(2) crystal. The shortest pulse duration is 143 fs for an average power of 450 mW. The highest average power is 620 mW for a pulse duration of 173 fs. Since Yb:SrF(2) corresponds to the longest-lifetime Yb-doped crystal with which the mode-locking operation has been achieved, a detailed analysis is carried out to characterize the quality of the solitonlike regime.

  8. All-fiber phase-control-free coherent-beam combining toward femtosecond-pulse amplification

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    Kambayashi, Yuta; Yoshida, Minoru; Sasaki, Toshiki; Yoshikawa, Masashi

    2017-01-01

    Our present work is to develop an all-fiber coherent-beam-combining system that achieves a high-energy femtosecond-pulse fiber laser beyond pulse energy limits due to the nonlinear effects in fiber amplifiers. Coherent-beam combining (CBC) using optical fibers is technically difficult because the optical phases and the polarizations in the optical fibers fluctuate due to disturbances. We developed an all-fiber passive CBC system that does not need to control optical phases and polarizations that achieved a beam-combining efficiency of 95.9%. The combined output changes of the passive CBC system are the less than 1.0% in full width.

  9. CW and mode-locked operation of Yb(3+)-doped Lu3Al5O12 ceramic laser.

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    Nakao, Hiroaki; Shirakawa, Akira; Ueda, Ken-ichi; Yagi, Hideki; Yanagitani, Takagimi

    2012-07-02

    CW laser operation and first mode-locked laser operation of Yb:LuAG ceramic are reported. Efficient CW laser operation was obtained with maximum output power of 2.14 W and a 72% slope efficiency. Femtosecond mode-locked laser operation was achieved with pulse duration of 699 fs and a 200 mW average output power.

  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. Characterization of wavelength-swept active mode locking fiber laser based on reflective semiconductor optical amplifier

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    Lee, Hwi Don; Lee, Ju Han; Yung Jeong, Myung; Kim, Chang-Seok

    2011-07-01

    The static and dynamic characteristics of a wavelength-swept active mode locking (AML) fiber laser are presented in both the time-region and wavelength-region. This paper shows experimentally that the linewidth of a laser spectrum and the bandwidth of the sweeping wavelength are dependent directly on the length and dispersion of the fiber cavity as well as the modulation frequency and sweeping rate under the mode-locking condition. To achieve a narrower linewidth, a longer length and higher dispersion of the fiber cavity as well as a higher order mode locking condition are required simultaneously. For a broader bandwidth, a lower order of the mode locking condition is required using a lower modulation frequency. The dynamic sweeping performance is also analyzed experimentally to determine its applicability to optical coherence tomography imaging. It is shown that the maximum sweeping rate can be improved by the increased free spectral range from the shorter length of the fiber cavity. A reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) was used to enhance the modulation and dispersion efficiency. Overall a triangular electrical signal can be used instead of the sinusoidal signal to sweep the lasing wavelength at a high sweeping rate due to the lack of mechanical restrictions in the wavelength sweeping mechanism.

  12. 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.

  13. High-power pulsed and CW diode-pumped mode-locked Nd:YAG lasers

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    Marshall, Larry R.; Hays, A. D.; Kaz, Alex; Kasinski, Jeff; Burnham, R. L.

    1991-01-01

    The operation of both pulsed and CW diode-pumped mode-locked Nd:YAG lasers are presented. The pulsed laser produced 1.0 mJ with pulsewidths of 90 psec at 20 Hz. The CW pumped laser produced 6 W output at 1.064 microns and 3 W output at 532 nm.

  14. Additive-pulse mode-locked NaCl:OH/sup /minus// laser

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    Yakymyshyn, C. P.; Pinto, J. F.; Pollock, C. R.

    1989-06-15

    The operation of an additive-pulse mode-locked NaCl:OH/sup /minus// color-centerlaser is described. Stable output pulses as short as 75 fsec have been obtained.The laser is tunable from 1.51 to 1.65 ..mu..m, with 300 mW of average output powerat 1.6 ..mu..m.

  15. Multi-Wavelength Mode-Locked Laser Arrays for WDM Applications

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    Davis, L.; Young, M.; Dougherty, D.; Keo, S.; Muller, R.; Maker, P.

    1998-01-01

    Multi-wavelength arrays of colliding pulse mode-locked (CPM) lasers have been demonstrated for wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) applications. The need for increased bandwidth is driving the development of both increased speed in time division multiplexing (TDM) and more channels in WDM for fiber optic communication systems.

  16. Active mode locking of a p-Ge hot hole laser

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    Hovenier, J.N.; Muravjov, A.V.; Pavlov, S.G.; Shastin, V.N.; Strijbos, R.C.; Wenckebach, W.T.

    1997-07-01

    The generation of 200 picosecond pulses of far-infrared radiation from a p-Ge hot hole laser (50{endash}140 cm{sup {minus}1}) was achieved due to active mode locking by electrical intracavity modulation of the gain. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  17. Harmonically mode-locked Ti:Er:LiNbO{sub 3} waveguide laser

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    Suche, H.; Wessel, R.; Westenhoefer, S.; Sohler, W.; Bosso, S.; Carmannini, C.; Corsini, R.

    1995-03-15

    Active mode locking of an Er-diffusion-doped Ti:LiNbO{sub 3} waveguide laser by intracavity phase modulation to as high as the fourth harmonic (5.12 GHz) of the axial-mode frequency spacing is reported. The diode-pumped, pigtailed, and fully packaged laser with a monolithically integrated intracavity phase modulator has a threshold of 9 mW (incident pump power {ital E}{sub {ital p}}{vert_bar}{vert_bar}{ital c}) and emits transform-limited pulses of {ge}3.8-ps width and {le}5.6-pJ pulse energy (gain-switched mode locking) at 1602-nm wavelength ({ital E}{sub {ital s}}{vert_bar}{vert_bar}{ital c}). The relative change of the mode-locking frequency with the temperature is 3.65{times}10{sup {minus}5}/{degree}C. The mode-locking acceptance bandwidth is {plus_minus}75 kHz near the axial-mode frequency spacing at approximately five times the threshold pump power.

  18. 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.

  19. All-fiber ultrafast thulium-doped fiber ring laser with dissipative soliton and noise-like output in normal dispersion by single-wall carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, QingQing; Chen, Tong; Li, Mingshan; Zhang, Botao; Lu, Yongfeng; Chen, Kevin P.

    2013-07-01

    An ultrafast thulium-doped fiber laser with large net normal dispersion has been developed to produce dissipative soliton and noise-like outputs at 1.9 μm. The mode-locked operation was enabled by using single-wall carbon nanotubes as saturable absorber for all-fiber configuration. Dissipative soliton in normal dispersion produced by the fiber laser oscillator was centered at 1947 nm with 4.1-nm FWHM bandwidth and 0.45 nJ/pulse. The output dissipative soliton pulses were compressed to 2.3 ps outside the laser cavity.

  20. Vector similariton erbium-doped all-fiber laser generating sub-100-fs nJ pulses at 100 MHz.

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    Olivier, Michel; Piché, Michel

    2016-02-08

    Erbium-doped mode-locked fiber lasers with repetition rates comparable to those of solid-state lasers and generating nJ pulses are required for many applications. Our goal was to design a fiber laser that would meet such requirements, that could be built at relatively low cost and that would be reliable and robust. We thus developed a high-fundamental-repetition-rate erbium-doped all-fiber laser operating in the amplifier similariton regime. Experimental characterization shows that this laser, which is mode-locked by nonlinear polarization evolution, emits 76-fs pulses with an energy of 1.17 nJ at a repetition rate of 100 MHz. Numerical simulations support the interpretation of self-similar evolution of the pulse in the gain fiber. More specifically we introduce the concept of vector similariton in fiber lasers. The coupled x- and y- polarization components of such a pulse have a pulse profile with a linear chirp and their combined power profile evolves self-similarly when the nonlinear asymptotic regime is reached in the gain fiber.

  1. High-power all-fiber femtosecond chirped pulse amplification based on dispersive wave and chirped-volume Bragg grating.

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    Sun, Ruoyu; Jin, Dongchen; Tan, Fangzhou; Wei, Shouyu; Hong, Chang; Xu, Jia; Liu, Jiang; Wang, Pu

    2016-10-03

    We report a high-power all-fiber-integrated femtosecond chirped pulse amplification system operating at 1064 nm, which consists of a dispersive wave source, a fiber stretcher, a series of ytterbium-doped amplifiers and a chirped volume Bragg grating (CVBG) compressor. The dispersive wave is generated by an erbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser with frequency shifted to the 1 μm region in a highly nonlinear fiber. With three stages of ytterbium-doped amplification, the average output power is scaled up to 125 W. Through CVBG, the pulse duration is compressed from 525 ps to 566 fs, the average output power of 107 W with a high compression efficiency of 86% is achieved, and the measured repetition rate is 17.57 MHz, corresponding to the peak power of 10.8 MW.

  2. Ultrashort pulses from an all-fiber ring laser incorporating a pair of chirped fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Duval, Simon; Olivier, Michel; Bernier, Martin; Vallée, Réal; Piché, Michel

    2014-02-15

    By incorporating two linearly chirped ultrabroadband fiber Bragg gratings of opposite dispersion in an all-fiber ring laser, we demonstrate a mode-locking regime in which a femtosecond pulse evolving in the normal dispersion gain segment is locally transformed into a highly chirped picosecond pulse that propagates in the remaining section of the cavity. By minimizing nonlinear effects and avoiding soliton pulse shaping in this anomalous-dispersion section, low repetition rate fiber lasers can be made to produce high-energy ultrashort pulses. Using this approach, 98 fs pulses with 0.96 nJ of energy are obtained from an erbium-doped fiber laser operated in the highly anomalous dispersion regime at a repetition rate of 9.4 MHz.

  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. Bifurcation analysis of mode-locking structure in a Hodgkin-Huxley neuron under sinusoidal current

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    Lee, Sang-Gui; Kim, Seunghwan

    2006-04-01

    Nervous systems under periodic stimuli display rich dynamical states including mode-locking and chaotic responses, which have been a subject of intense studies in neurodynamics. The bifurcation structure of the Hodgkin-Huxley neuron under sinusoidal stimulus is studied in detail. The mechanisms of the firing onset and rich firing dynamics are studied with the help of the codimension-2 bifurcations, which play the role of the organizing center for myriads of saddle-node, period-doubling, and inverse-flip bifurcations forming the boundaries of the complex mode-locking structure. This study provides a useful insight into the organization of similar bifurcation structures in excitable systems such as neurons under periodic forcing.

  5. Two-Photon Pumped Synchronously Mode-Locked Bulk GaAs Laser

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    Cao, W. L.; Vaucher, A. M.; Ling, J. D.; Lee, C. H.

    1982-04-01

    Pulses 7 picoseconds or less in duration have been generated from a bulk GaAs crystal by a synchronous mode-locking technique. The GaAs crystal was optically pumped by two-photon absorption of the emission from a mode-locked Nd:glass laser. Two-photon absorption as the means of excitation increases the volume of the gain medium by increasing the pene-tration depth of the pump intensity, enabling generation of intra-cavity pulses with peak power in the megawatt range. Tuning of the wavelength of the GaAs emission is achieved by varying the temperature. A tuning range covering 840 nm to 885 nm has been observed over a temperature range from 97°K to 260°K. The intensity of the GaAs emission has also been observed to decrease as the temperature of the crystal is increased.

  6. 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.

  7. 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., <1 kHz) excess phase noise and drift in the regenerated microwave signals. A 10 GHz microwave signal is extracted from a 200 MHz repetition rate mode-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.

  8. Mode-Locked Thulium Ytterbium Co-Doped Fiber Laser with Graphene Oxide Paper Saturable Absorber

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    M. Azooz, S.; W. Harun, S.; H., Ahmad; Halder, A.; C. Paul, M.; Pal, M.; K. Bhadra, S.

    2015-01-01

    A mode-locked thulium ytterbium co-doped fiber laser (TYDFL) is proposed and demonstrated by using a commercial graphene oxide (GO) paper as saturable absorber (SA). The GO paper is sandwiched between two fiber ferrules and incorporates a ring laser cavity to generate soliton pulse train operating at 1942.0nm at a threshold multimode pump power as low as 1.8 W. The mode-locked TYDFL has a repetition rate of 22.32 MHz and the calculated pulse width of 1.1 ns. Even though the SA has a low damage threshold, the easy fabrication of GO paper should promote its potential application in ultrafast photonics.

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

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    Czarske, Juergen; Moebius, 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.

  10. Actively mode-locked fiber ring laser by intermodal acousto-optic modulation.

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    Bello-Jiménez, M; Cuadrado-Laborde, C; Sáez-Rodríguez, D; Diez, A; Cruz, J L; Andrés, M V

    2010-11-15

    We report an actively mode-locked fiber ring laser. A simple and low-insertion-loss acousto-optic modulator driven by standing flexural waves, which couples core-to-cladding modes in a standard single-mode optical fiber, is used as an active mechanism for mode locking. Among the remarkable features of the modulator, we mention its high modulation depth (72%), broad bandwidth (187 GHz), easy tunability in the optical wavelength, and low insertion losses (0.7 dB). The narrowest optical pulses obtained were of 95 ps time width, 21 mW peak power, repetition rate of 4.758 MHz, and 110 mW of pump power.

  11. Compact picosecond mode-locked and cavity-dumped Nd:YVO4 laser.

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    Wegner, U; Meier, J; Lederer, M J

    2009-12-07

    We report on a diode pumped, semiconductor saturable absorber mirror mode-locked picosecond Nd:YVO(4) oscillator with cavity-dumping. In pure cw-mode-locking this laser produced up to 17W of average power at a pulse repetition rate of 9.7MHz, corresponding to a pulse energy of 1.7microJ. Using an electro-optic cavity dumper, we achieved average powers up to 7.8W at 500kHz and 10W at 1MHz dumping rate. With corresponding pulse energies of 15.6microJ and 10microJ respectively and pulsewidths around 10ps, this laser could become a compact source for materials processing applications, alternative to more complex schemes such as regenerative amplifiers or ultra-long resonator oscillators.

  12. Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond Yb:YAG ceramic laser

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    Zi-Ye, Gao; Jiang-Feng, Zhu; Ke, Wang; Jun-Li, Wang; Zhao-Hua, Wang; Zhi-Yi, Wei

    2016-02-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond laser based on an Yb:YAG ceramic. Stable laser pulses with 97-fs duration, 2.8-nJ pulse energy, and 320-mW average power were obtained. The femtosecond oscillator operated at a central wavelength of 1049 nm and a repetition rate of 115 MHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a Kerr-lens mode-locked operation in a diode-pumped Yb:YAG ceramic laser with sub-100 fs pulse duration. Project supported by the National Major Scientific Instrument Development Project of China (Grant No. 2012YQ120047), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61205130), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. JB140502).

  13. Quasiperiodicity, mode-locking, and universal scaling in Rayleigh-Benard convection

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    Ecke, R.E.

    1990-01-01

    This major review paper describes research on a model nonlinear dynamical system of small-aspect-ratio Rayleigh-Benard convection in {sup 3}He {minus} {sup 4}He mixtures. The nonlinear effects of mode locking and quasiperiodic behavior are described. Analysis techniques for characterizing the state of the dynamical system include Fourier transforms, Poincare sections, phase differences, transients, multifractal f({proportional to}) spectra and scaling function dynamics. Theoretical results such as the fractal staircase of mode-locked intervals and the Arnold tongues are reproduced in experimental data. New techniques for analyzing scaling dynamics are developed and discussed. This is a tutorial article that introduces the major important concepts in nonlinear dynamics and focuses on experimental problems and techniques. 77 refs.

  14. Frequency comb generation by CW laser injection into a quantum-dot mode-locked laser.

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    Pinkert, T J; Salumbides, E J; Tahvili, M S; Ubachs, W; Bente, E A J M; Eikema, K S E

    2012-09-10

    We report on frequency comb generation at 1.5 μm by injection of a CW laser in a hybridly mode-locked InAs/InP two-section quantum-dot laser (HMLQDL). The generated comb has > 60 modes spaced by ∼ 4.5 GHz and a -20 dBc width of > 100 GHz (23 modes) at > 30 dB signal to background ratio. Comb generation was observed with the CW laser (red) detuned more than 20 nm outside the HMLQDL spectrum, spanning a large part of the gain spectrum of the quantum dot material. It is shown that the generated comb is fully coherent with the injected CW laser and RF frequency used to drive the hybrid mode-locking. This method of comb generation is of interest for the creation of small and robust frequency combs for use in optical frequency metrology, high-frequency (> 100 GHz) RF generation and telecommunication applications.

  15. Mode-locked thulium-bismuth codoped fiber laser using graphene saturable absorber in ring cavity.

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    Zen, D I M; Saidin, N; Damanhuri, S S A; Harun, S W; Ahmad, H; Ismail, M A; Dimyati, K; Halder, A; Paul, M C; Das, S; Pal, M; Bhadra, S K

    2013-02-20

    We demonstrate mode locking of a thulium-bismuth codoped fiber laser (TBFL) operating at 1901.6 nm, using a graphene-based saturable absorber (SA). In this work, a single layer graphene is mechanically exfoliated using the scotch tape method and directly transferred onto the surface of a fiber pigtail to fabricate the SA. The obtained Raman spectrum characteristic indicates that the graphene on the core surface has a single layer. At 1552 nm pump power of 869 mW, the mode-locked TBFL self starts to generate an optical pulse train with a repetition rate of 16.7 MHz and pulse width of 0.37 ps. This is a simple, low-cost, stable, and convenient laser oscillator for applications where eye-safe and low-photon-energy light sources are required, such as sensing and biomedical diagnostics.

  16. Synchronized 4 × 12 GHz hybrid harmonically mode-locked semiconductor laser based on AWG.

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    Liu, S; Lu, D; Zhang, R; Zhao, L; Wang, W; Broeke, R; Ji, C

    2016-05-02

    We report a monolithically integrated synchronized four wavelength channel mode-locked semiconductor laser chip based on arrayed waveguide grating and fabricated in the InP material system. Device fabrication was completed in a multiproject wafer foundry run on the Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits. The integrated photonic chip demonstrated 5th harmonic electrical hybrid mode-locking operation with four 400 GHz spacing wavelength channels and synchronized to a 12.7 GHz RF clock, for nearly transform-limited optical pulse trains from a single output waveguide. A low timing jitter of 0.349 ps, and RF frequency locking range of ~50 MHz were also achieved.

  17. Experimental observation of excess noise in a detuned phase-modulation harmonic mode-locking laser

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    Yang Shiquan; Bao Xiaoyi

    2006-09-15

    The intracavity phase-modulated laser can work in two distinct stages: 1) phase mode-locking when the applied modulation frequency is equal to the cavity's fundamental frequency or one of its harmonics, and 2) the FM laser oscillation at a moderate detuned modulation frequency. In this paper, we experimentally studied the noise buildup process in the transition from FM laser oscillation to phase mode-locking in a phase-modulated laser. We found that the relaxation oscillation frequency varies with the modulation frequency detuning and the relaxation oscillation will occur twice in the transition region. Between these two relaxation oscillations, the supermode noise can be significantly enhanced, which is evidence of excess noise in laser systems. All of these results can be explained by the theory of Floquet modes in a phase-modulated laser cavity.

  18. Femtosecond harmonic mode-locking of a fiber laser at 3.27 GHz using a bulk-like, MoSe2-based saturable absorber.

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    Koo, Joonhoi; Park, June; Lee, Junsu; Jhon, Young Min; Lee, Ju Han

    2016-05-16

    We experimentally demonstrate the use of a bulk-like, MoSe2-based saturable absorber (SA) as a passive harmonic mode-locker for the production of femtosecond pulses from a fiber laser at a repetition rate of 3.27 GHz. By incorporating a bulk-like, MoSe2/PVA-composite-deposited side-polished fiber as an SA within an erbium-doped-fiber-ring cavity, mode-locked pulses with a temporal width of 737 fs to 798 fs can be readily obtained at various harmonic frequencies. The fundamental resonance frequency and the maximum harmonic-resonance frequency are 15.38 MHz and 3.27 GHz (212th harmonic), respectively. The temporal and spectral characteristics of the output pulses are systematically investigated as a function of the pump power. The output pulses exhibited Gaussian-temporal shapes irrespective of the harmonic order, and even when their spectra possessed hyperbolic-secant shapes. The saturable absorption and harmonic-mode-locking performance of our prepared SA are compared with those of previously demonstrated SAs that are based on other transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). To the best of the authors' knowledge, the repetition rate of 3.27 GHz is the highest frequency that has ever been demonstrated regarding the production of femtosecond pulses from a fiber laser that is based on SA-induced passive harmonic mode-locking.

  19. Multiple-soliton dynamic patterns in a graphene mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Meng, Yichang; Zhang, Shumin; Li, Xingliang; Li, Hongfei; Du, Juan; Hao, Yanping

    2012-03-12

    Multiple-soliton dynamic patterns have been observed experimentally in an erbium-doped fiber ring laser with graphene as a saturable absorber. Under relatively low pumping power we have obtained disordered multiple-solitons, bunched solitons and high order harmonic mode locking by adjusting the orientation of the polarization controllers. With increased pumping power, we have also observed flow of solitons. We have experimentally investigated in detail the conditions under which these patterns form.

  20. Diode-pumped Yb,Y:CaF2 laser mode-locked by monolayer graphene

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    Zhu, Hongtong; Liu, Jie; Jiang, Shouzhen; Xu, Shicai; Su, Liangbi; Jiang, Dapeng; Qian, Xiaobo; Xu, Jun

    2015-12-01

    The large-area and high-quality monolayer graphene saturable absorber with a sandwich structure is prepared by the chemical vapor deposition technique. Using graphene saturable absorber, the mode locking operation of a diode-pumped Yb,Y:CaF2 laser is demonstrated. Without extra negative dispersion elements, 4.8 ps pulses are yielded at 1051 nm. The pulse repetition rate is 60 MHz.

  1. Bound soliton state in all-polarization maintaining fiber laser mode-locked by graphene

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    Bogusławski, Jakub; Soboń, Grzegorz; Pasternak, Iwona; Krajewska, Aleksandra; Strupiński, Włodek; Abramski, Krzysztof M.; Sotor, Jarosław

    2016-12-01

    We report our observations of both fundamental and bound soliton states generated in all-polarization maintaining (all-PM) fiber laser mode-locked by graphene saturable absorber. The laser can generate fundamental soliton pulses with 312 fs duration, centered at 1560 nm. For higher pumping power the laser operates in bound soliton state. Stable 460 fs pulses with equal intensities and 9.4 pulse-to-pulse separation.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Nonlinear tearing mode interactions and mode locking in reversed field pinches

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    Hegna, C.C.

    1996-06-01

    The nonlinear interaction of a set of tearing instabilities and plasma flow is studied in a cylindrical plasma. An analytic theory of mode locking is developed which includes the effects of the localized electromagnetic torques, plasma inertia and cross-field viscosity. The calculation is specialized for the case of mode locking on the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed field pinch. In MST plasmas, a set of m = 1 tearing instabilities become phase locked and form a toroidally localized, rotating magnetic disturbance. An evolution equation for the phase velocity of this magnetic disturbance is derived which accounts for two types of electromagnetic torques. The external torques describe the interaction of the tearing modes with static magnetic perturbations located outside the plasma region. The interior torques describe the nonlinear interaction of three tearing modes which satisfy a wave number resonance condition. For conditions typical of MST, the internal torques dominate the external torques, which suggest the nonlinear interaction of tearing instabilities play a prominent role in the momentum degradation and mode locking.

  5. Mode-locking and the transition to chaos in dissipative systems

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    Bak, P.; Bohr, T.; Jensen, M.H.

    1984-01-01

    Dissipative systems with two competing frequencies exhibit transitions to chaos. We have investigated the transition through a study of discrete maps of the circle onto itself, and by constructing and analyzing return maps of differential equations representing some physical systems. The transition is caused by interaction and overlap of mode-locked resonances and takes place at a critical line where the map losses invertibility. At this line the mode-locked intervals trace up a complete Devil's Staircase whose complementary set is a Cantor set with universal fractal dimension D approx. 0.87. Below criticality there is room for quasiperiodic orbits, whose measure is given by an exponent ..beta.. approx. 0.34 which can be related to D through a scaling relation, just as for second order phase transitions. The Lebesgue measure serves as an order parameter for the transition to chaos. The resistively shunted Josephson junction, and charge density waves (CDWs) in rf electric fields are usually described by the differential equation of the damped driven pendulum. The 2d return map for this equation collapses to ld circle map at and below the transition to chaos. The theoretical results on universal behavior, derived here and elsewhere, can thus readily be checked experimentally by studying real physical systems. Recent experiments on Josephson junctions and CDWs indicating the predicted fractal scaling of mode-locking at criticality are reviewed.

  6. 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.

  7. 0.4 μJ, 7 kW ultrabroadband noise-like pulse direct generation from an all-fiber dumbbell-shaped laser.

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    Chen, He; Chen, Shengping; Jiang, Zongfu; Hou, Jing

    2015-12-01

    We report the direct generation of 0.4 μJ, 7 kW ultrabroadband picosecond noise-like pulses from an Yb-doped all-fiber oscillator based on dual nonlinear optical loop mirrors (NOLMs). Under the highest pump power, the average power of the main output port reached 1.4 W, and the 3 dB spectral bandwidths reached 76 nm and 165 nm from the two output ports, respectively. The design of dual-NOLMs shows both exceptional compactness in construction and distinct flexibility on the engineering of the mode-locking behaviors. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a watt-level dual-NOLM-based fiber laser. Based on this laser, the pulse energy and peak power of picosecond noise-like pulse from an all-fiber oscillator have been elevated by an order of magnitude.

  8. Simultaneous generation of wavelength division multiplexing PON and RoF signals using a hybrid mode-locked laser

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    Aldaya, Ivan; Campuzano, Gabriel; Castañón, Gerardo

    2015-06-01

    The use of millimeter-wave (mm-wave) frequencies has been proposed to overcome the imminent saturation of the ultra high frequency band, justifying research on radio over fiber (RoF) networks as an inexpensive and green solution to distribute multi-Gbps signals. Coincidently, telecommunication operators are investing a significant effort to deploy their passive optical network (PON) infrastructure closer to the users. In this work, we present a novel cost-efficient architecture based on a hybrid mode locked laser capable to simultaneously generate up-to 5 wavelength division multiplexing PON and RoF channels, being compatible with the 50-GHz ITU frequency grid. We analyze the limits of operation of our proposed architecture considering the high modal relative intensity noise induced by mode partition noise, as well as fiber impairments, such as chromatic dispersion and nonlinearities. The feasibility of generation and transmission of 5×10-Gbps PON and 5×5-Gbps RoF using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing up to 50 km has been demonstrated through realistic numerical simulations.

  9. Pulse Characteristics of Passively Mode-Locked Quantum Dot Lasers (Postprint)

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    2010-07-01

    University of New Mexico D.J. Kane Mesa Photonics Nicholas G. Usechak and Vassilios Kovanis Electro-optic Components Technology Branch... Mexico ) D.J. Kane (Mesa Photonics) Nicholas G. Usechak and Vassilios Kovanis (AFRL/RYDP) Y.-C. Xin (IBM Systems & Technology Group) 5d. PROJECT...University of New Mexico Center for High Technology Materials 1313 Goddard SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

  10. Self-accelerating fronts in passively-mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Derevyanko, Stanislav A.

    2017-01-01

    We present a family of self-accelerating stable pulses propagating in optical fiber and connecting a slowly-modulated quasi-cw background to an unstable zero level. Such solutions represent a generalization of the self-accelerating Airy beams observed in the linear regime to a nonlinear dissipative system modeled by a standard complex cubic Ginzburg-Landau equation corresponding to linear gain and a (fast) saturable absorber. They can also be viewed as a generalization of the well-studied problem of pulled fronts to include acceleration.

  11. Harmonic mode-locking in a Tm-doped fiber laser: Characterization of its timing jitter and ultralong starting dynamics

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    Bao, Chengying; Yang, Changxi

    2015-12-01

    We report an experimental characterization on harmonic mode-locking in a Tm-doped fiber laser, which exhibits pump related timing jitter and ultralong mode-locking starting dynamics. The laser is pumped by a laser diode seeded EDFA. Harmonic mode-locking is initiated by nonlinear polarization rotation and showed a good long term stability. Timing jitter is found to be significantly influenced by the properties of laser diode seed for the EDFA. When switching the seed from a Fabry-Perot cavity laser diode to a distributed feedback (DFB) laser diode, timing jitter decreases from 16 ps to 6 ps. It also takes the laser an ultralong self-starting time (> 100 s), 3 order of magnitude longer than typical Er-doped or Yb-doped fiber lasers, to reach a steady harmonic mode-locking in some cases. These experimental evidences can contribute to a better understanding of Tm-doped fiber lasers.

  12. Active mode-locked lasers and other photonic devices using electro-optic whispering gallery mode resonators

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    Matsko, Andrey B. (Inventor); Ilchenko, Vladimir (Inventor); Savchenkov, Anatoliy (Inventor); Maleki, Lutfollah (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    Techniques and devices using whispering gallery mode (WGM) optical resonators, where the optical materials of the WGM resonators exhibit an electro-optical effect to perform optical modulation. Examples of actively mode-locked lasers and other devices are described.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Noise characterization of mode-locked lasers by comparing the power spectra of the fundamental and second-harmonic pulses

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    Wang, Yong; Chen, L. P.; Liu, J. M.

    1995-10-01

    By comparing the noise power spectra of the fundamental pulses and those of the second-harmonic pulses, the peak intensity fluctuation, the pulse-width fluctuation, the pulse timing jitter, and the cross correlation between the pulse width and the peak intensity fluctuations of a mode-locked pulse train can be separately quantified. The noise characteristics of an actively mode-locked Nd:YLF laser are presented to demonstrate this technique.

  16. 320 fs pulse generation from an ultrafast laser inscribed waveguide laser mode-locked by a nanotube saturable absorber

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    Beecher, S. J.; Thomson, R. R.; Psaila, N. D.; Sun, Z.; Hasan, T.; Rozhin, A. G.; Ferrari, A. C.; Kar, A. K.

    2010-09-01

    Ultrafast laser inscription is used to fabricate the gain element for a mode-locked Er-doped bismuthate glass waveguide laser. Mode-locking is initiated and stabilized by the use of a single wall carbon nanotube saturable absorber. The waveguide laser produces 320 fs pulses at 1.56 μm with a pulse repetition rate of 40 MHz and average output power of 1.25 mW.

  17. 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.

  18. Stable Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:GdVO4/KTP green laser with dual-loss-modulation.

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    Zhang, Gang; Zhao, Shengzhi; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Yang, Kejian; Cheng, Kang; Zhang, Yan

    2010-08-20

    A diode-pumped dual-loss-modulated Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) Nd:GdVO(4)/KTP green laser with an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and GaAs saturable absorber is presented. The experimental results show that the stability and the peak power of the dual-loss-modulated QML Nd:GdVO(4)/KTP green laser are significantly improved. The pulse width of the Q-switched pulse envelope in the dual-loss-modulation QML green laser has a compression of 50% compared with that in the singly passively QML green laser with GaAs. By using a hyperbolic secant square function and considering the Gaussian distribution of the intracavity photon density, the coupled equations for diode-pumped dual-loss-modulated QML Nd:GdVO(4) green laser are given, and the numerical solutions of the equations are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  19. Intracavity coherent interaction of mode-locked pulse train with resonant medium

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    Masuda, Koji

    Resonant interactions of a mode-locked pulse train with intracavity samples, namely rubidium-87 (Rb-87) vapor and Fabry-Perot etalon, placed inside a laser cavity are studied in the light of developing ultra-sensitive laser sensors to measure a small magnetic field and a minute change of index of refraction of a sample material, respectively. A Rb-87 vapor provides an opportunity for a compact high-sensitivity atomic magnetometer due to its accessibility by the standard laser sources and to the large ensemble magnetization. By employing the ultra-sensitive interferometric technique utilizing the intracavity properties of a mode-locked laser, the performance of the Rb-87 magnetometer can be further improved. The fundamental properties of coherent interaction between a mode-locked pulse train and a Rb-87 vapor are studied in numerical calculations of 33 density matrix equations and the reduced wave equation, which are then examined in experiments. In particular, a coherent dark-state is created by the pulse train and is further enhanced by means of spectral shaping or polarization modulation of the excitation pulse train. Experiments performed inside a laser cavity show that the atomic coherence is still preserved due to the coherent nature of interaction between the Rb-87 vapor and the ultrashort pulses occurred within a short time scale compared to the atomic relaxation times, which results in nonlinear propagation of the pulses as well as an observation of the dark-line resonance inside the laser cavity. A Fabry-Perot etalon is a type of optical cavity and serves as a tuning element of the frequency of cw-lasers. By inserting a Fabry-Perot etalon inside a mode-locked laser, the cavity resonance modes are modied due to a coupling between the two cavities, which leads to unique temporal and spectral characteristics of the resultant pulse train and its frequency comb. Both the temporal and spectral properties of the pulse train are studied in detail in experiments as

  20. Short cavity active mode locking fiber laser for optical sensing and imaging

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    Lee, Hwi Don; Han, Ga Hee; Jeong, Syung Won; Jeong, Myung Yung; Kim, Chang-Seok; Shin, Jun Geun; Lee, Byeong Ha; Eom, Tae Joong

    2014-05-01

    We demonstrate a highly linear wavenumber- swept active mode locking (AML) fiber laser for optical sensing and imaging without any wavenumber-space resampling process. In this all-electric AML wavenumber-swept mechanism, a conventional wavelength selection filter is eliminated and, instead, the suitable programmed electric modulation signal is directly applied to the gain medium. Various types of wavenumber (or wavelength) tunings can be implemented because of the filter-less cavity configuration. Therefore, we successfully demonstrate a linearly wavenumber-swept AML fiber laser with 26.5 mW of output power to obtain an in-vivo OCT image at the 100 kHz swept rate.

  1. All quantum dot mode-locked semiconductor disk laser emitting at 655 nm

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    Bek, R. Kersteen, G.; Kahle, H.; Schwarzbäck, T.; Jetter, M.; Michler, P.

    2014-08-25

    We present a semiconductor disk laser mode-locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) with emission in the red spectral range. Both the gain and the absorber structure are fabricated by metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy in an anti-resonant design using quantum dots as active material. A v-shaped cavity is used to tightly focus onto the SESAM, producing pulses with a duration of about 1 ps at a repetition rate of 852 MHz.

  2. Tm-doped fiber laser mode-locked by graphene-polymer composite.

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    Zhang, M; Kelleher, E J R; Torrisi, F; Sun, Z; Hasan, T; Popa, D; Wang, F; Ferrari, A C; Popov, S V; Taylor, J R

    2012-10-22

    We demonstrate mode-locking of a thulium-doped fiber laser operating at 1.94 μm, using a graphene-polymer based saturable absorber. The laser outputs 3.6 ps pulses, with ~0.4 nJ energy and an amplitude fluctuation ~0.5%, at 6.46 MHz. This is a simple, low-cost, stable and convenient laser oscillator for applications where eye-safe and low-photon-energy light sources are required, such as sensing and biomedical diagnostics.

  3. Switchable multi-wavelength Tm-doped mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Yan, Zhiyu; Tang, Yulong; Sun, Biao; Liu, Tao; Li, Xiaohui; Ping, Perry Shum; Yu, Xia; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Qi Jie

    2015-05-01

    We propose and demonstrate for the first time a switchable tri-wavelength Tm-doped ultra-fast fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) technique. The NPE effect induces wavelength-dependent loss in the cavity that changes the homogeneous broadening of the effective gain to become inhomogeneous. This inhomogeneous effective gain spectral profile enables the multi-wavelength mode locking. Binary control of three bits can be realized by controlling the polarization in the compact fiber ring cavity. Such switchable laser has potential applications in optical signal processing and communication.

  4. Hidden instabilities in the Ti:sapphire Kerr lens mode-locked laser.

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    Kovalsky, M G; Hnilo, A A; González Inchauspe, C M

    1999-11-15

    It is experimentally shown that pulse-to-pulse instabilities in the output of Kerr lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire lasers are usual and that they can affect some of the pulse variables (e.g., the spot size) and not others (e.g., pulse duration and energy). These instabilities are not detectable in the averaged signals (such as the autocorrelation of the pulse) that are customarily used for controlling the laser. But, if they are present but are disregarded, these instabilities have undesirable consequences in almost any application. A simple way to detect and eliminate the instabilities is described.

  5. Theory of self-oscillation and mode locking in a longitudinal photoacoustic resonator

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    Tang, Ziyao; Park, Han Jung; Diebold, Roger M.; Diebold, Gerald J.

    2014-10-01

    The wave equation for pressure that governs generation of the photoacoustic effect possesses a forcing term proportional to the time derivative of the energy delivered to the gas per unit volume and time. A positive pressure fluctuation, with its accompanying density increase, thus increases the optical absorption and provides a positive feedback mechanism for sound generation. A theory for self-oscillation in a one-dimensional resonator is given. Expressions for the photoacoustic pressure are derived for the cases of highly and weakly absorbing gases that indicate mode-locked sound generation. Experiments with CO2 lasers are reported where evidence of the self-generation effect was sought.

  6. Swept source optical coherence microscopy using a Fourier domain mode-locked laser

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    Huang, Shu-Wei; Aguirre, Aaron D.; Huber, Robert A.; Adler, Desmond C.; Fujimoto, James G.

    2007-05-01

    Swept source optical coherence microscopy (OCM) enables cellular resolution en face imaging as well as integration with optical coherence tomography (OCT) cross sectional imaging. A buffered Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) laser light source provides high speed, three dimensional imaging. Image resolutions of 1.6 µm × 8 µm (transverse × axial) with a 220 µm × 220 µm field of view and sensitivity higher than 98 dB are achieved. Three dimensional cellular imaging is demonstrated in vivo in the Xenopus laevis tadpole and ex vivo in the rat kidney and human colon.

  7. Polarisation effects in twin-core fibre: Application for mode locking in a fibre laser

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    Lobach, I. A.; Kablukov, S. I.; Podivilov, Evgenii V.; Babin, Sergei A.; Apolonski, A. A.

    2012-09-01

    We report the first measurements of the longitudinal power distribution in a twin-core optical fibre at different input light polarisations. Experimental evidence is presented that, because of the difference in birefringence between the cores, the power in them depends on which core the beam is launched into. Experimental data are interpreted in terms of a modified polarisation model for mode coupling in twin-core fibres which takes into account the birefringence of the cores. In addition, we demonstrate for the first time the use of the polarisation properties of a twincore fibre for mode locking in a fibre laser.

  8. Resonantly pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Er:YVO4 laser

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    Fromzel, Viktor; Ter-Gabrielyan, Nikolay

    2015-05-01

    We report on a Kerr lens, self-mode-locked Er3+:YVO4 laser, based on the high third order nonlinearity of the gain medium. The Er3+:YVO4 is resonantly pumped by a CW Er-fiber laser into the absorption band around 1538 nm and operates at ~ 1604 nm with a 1.8 W average output power and ~ 40% slope efficiency relative to the absorbed pump. The laser yields a pulse train at a 240 MHz repetition rate. The pulsewidth is estimated to fall between 15 and 100 psec.

  9. Multimode dynamics in quantum cascade lasers: From coherent instability to mode locking

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    Wang, Christine Yi-Ting

    Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) are unipolar semiconductor lasers based on intersubband transitions in quantum wells. Since their invention in 1994, these lasers have undergone tremendous improvement, and have become the most prominent coherent light source in the mid-infrared and terahertz spectral ranges. However, the understanding of multimode regimes in QCLs is still in its infancy, and there has not been much effort toward generating ultrafast pulses from QCLs. The recent development of low loss, high power QCLs enables the study of those previously under-investigated aspects. This thesis can be divided into two main parts. In the first part, we study the multimode regimes in QCLs. We find that QCLs, because of their extremely fast gain recovery time, differ from diode lasers in multimode operation. While a saturable absorber can often lead to self mode-locking in lasers with long gain recovery compared to the cavity round-trip time, in QCLs it lowers the threshold of a coherent multimode instability, which is driven by the same fundamental mechanism of Rabi oscillations as the elusive Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken (RNGH) instability predicted 40 years ago. The main experimental signature of RNGH instability is a splitting corresponding to twice the Rabi frequency in optical spectrum. In QCLs this coherent instability is enhanced due to the large Rabi frequency compared to the relaxation rates. We have also shown that spatial hole burning, which is not so readily observable in diode lasers, also plays an important role in QCLs. Both experimental data and simulations based on Maxwell-Bloch equations are presented. In the second part of this thesis, we demonstrate active mode-locking in QCLs. The stable mode-locked pulse train was generated by actively modulating the pumping current of a small section on a QCL. Stable mode locking was confirmed by second-order interferometric autocorrelation measurements, and a FWHM of 3 ps and about 0.5 pJ per pulse were deduced

  10. 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.; Brown, G.; Popa, D.; Sun, Z.; Torrisi, F.; Hasan, T.; Milana, S.; Bonaccorso, F.; Ferrari, A. C.

    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.

  11. High power mode-locked rod-type fiber femtosecond laser with micro-joule energy

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    Lv, Zhiguo; Teng, Hao; Wang, Lina; Wang, Rui; Wang, Junli; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-07-01

    We report a high power all-normal-dispersion (ANDi) mode-locked laser based on nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) technique using rod-type fiber with polarization maintaining (PM) characteristic. With 85 μm gain core diameter, 31 W of average power at repetition rates of 57.93 MHz, which corresponds to the pulse energy of 0.53 μJ, is demonstrated under a pump power of 93 W. The pulse duration of 124 fs after compressor is obtained at the central wavelength of 1033 nm as well as the measured power jitter of 0.3% over a period of 2 h.

  12. Generation of 28-fs pulses from a mode-locked ytterbium fiber oscillator.

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    Zhou, Xiangyu; Yoshitomi, Dai; Kobayashi, Yohei; Torizuka, Kenji

    2008-05-12

    An ultrashort-pulse, mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser has been developed. The group-delay dispersion was compensated with a grating pair inside the cavity. A broad spectrum from 1000-nm to 1120-nm was obtained without intracavity compensation of third-order dispersion. A 0.7-nJ pulse as short as 28.3 fs was obtained with a repetition rate of 80 MHz. To our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse reported from an Yb fiber laser oscillator.

  13. Handheld nonlinear microscope system comprising a 2 MHz repetition rate, mode-locked Yb-fiber laser for in vivo biomedical imaging.

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    Krolopp, Ádám; Csákányi, Attila; Haluszka, Dóra; Csáti, Dániel; Vass, Lajos; Kolonics, Attila; Wikonkál, Norbert; Szipőcs, Róbert

    2016-09-01

    A novel, Yb-fiber laser based, handheld 2PEF/SHG microscope imaging system is introduced. It is suitable for in vivo imaging of murine skin at an average power level as low as 5 mW at 200 kHz sampling rate. Amplified and compressed laser pulses having a spectral bandwidth of 8 to 12 nm at around 1030 nm excite the biological samples at a ~1.89 MHz repetition rate, which explains how the high quality two-photon excitation fluorescence (2PEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG) images are obtained at the average power level of a laser pointer. The scanning, imaging and detection head, which comprises a conventional microscope objective for beam focusing, has a physical length of ~180 mm owing to the custom designed imaging telescope system between the laser scanner mirrors and the entrance aperture of the microscope objective. Operation of the all-fiber, all-normal dispersion Yb-fiber ring laser oscillator is electronically controlled by a two-channel polarization controller for Q-switching free mode-locked operation. The whole nonlinear microscope imaging system has the main advantages of the low price of the fs laser applied, fiber optics flexibility, a relatively small, light-weight scanning and detection head, and a very low risk of thermal or photochemical damage of the skin samples.

  14. Handheld nonlinear microscope system comprising a 2 MHz repetition rate, mode-locked Yb-fiber laser for in vivo biomedical imaging

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    Krolopp, Ádám; Csákányi, Attila; Haluszka, Dóra; Csáti, Dániel; Vass, Lajos; Kolonics, Attila; Wikonkál, Norbert; Szipőcs, Róbert

    2016-01-01

    A novel, Yb-fiber laser based, handheld 2PEF/SHG microscope imaging system is introduced. It is suitable for in vivo imaging of murine skin at an average power level as low as 5 mW at 200 kHz sampling rate. Amplified and compressed laser pulses having a spectral bandwidth of 8 to 12 nm at around 1030 nm excite the biological samples at a ~1.89 MHz repetition rate, which explains how the high quality two-photon excitation fluorescence (2PEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG) images are obtained at the average power level of a laser pointer. The scanning, imaging and detection head, which comprises a conventional microscope objective for beam focusing, has a physical length of ~180 mm owing to the custom designed imaging telescope system between the laser scanner mirrors and the entrance aperture of the microscope objective. Operation of the all-fiber, all-normal dispersion Yb-fiber ring laser oscillator is electronically controlled by a two-channel polarization controller for Q-switching free mode-locked operation. The whole nonlinear microscope imaging system has the main advantages of the low price of the fs laser applied, fiber optics flexibility, a relatively small, light-weight scanning and detection head, and a very low risk of thermal or photochemical damage of the skin samples. PMID:27699118

  15. Study of mode locked fiber lasers and all-optical logic

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    Dong, Hao

    Mode locked fiber laser and all-optical logic technologies are building blocks for the construction of all-optical networks in the information era. This Ph.D dissertation investigates essential mechanism related to the mode locked lasers and all-optical logic such as the multiwavelength laser source, multiwavelength pulses, high-speed short pulse generation, clock recovery and all optical Boolean functions. First, a CW multiwavelength laser source oscillating in 75 wavelengths is proposed based on the semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) enclosed in the fiber ring cavity, and the stability of the laser source will be investigated in detail. In the optical time division multiplexing (OTDM) system, it's of vital importance to generate optical pulses with narrow pulsewidth, high repetition rate, and long-term stability, towards this goal, an 80GHz short pulse train generation system is presented. A high speed clock recovery operation is also demonstrated based on the Mach-Zehnder (MZ) modulator; the conversion efficiency of the proposed clock recovery circuit is analyzed numerically. In addition, effective all-optical logic functions are also proposed to overcome a critical speed limit, Boolean OR, NOR, and AND functions are reported at the speed up to 80Gb/s using SOA based devices. These are the highest reported operating speed, at which the proposed all optical logic gates have been characterized.

  16. Synchronizable Q-switched, mode-locked, and cavity-dumped ruby laser for plasma diagnostics

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    Houtman, H.; Meyer, J.

    1985-06-01

    We report on the design and operation of an optimized version of a Q-switched, mode-locked, and cavity-dumped ruby-laser oscillator. The modulator window is much narrower than that assumed in conventional active mode-lock theory, and is shown to yield much shorter pulses than the latter in cases where the number of round trips is restricted. To allow a high-power pulse (≊1 GW) to evolve in the oscillator, and to allow simple synchronization to a (˜100 ns fixed delay) CO2 laser, a limit of 23 round trips was chosen, but similar limits may be imposed by lasers having short-gain duration as in an excimer laser. Details are given on the single spark gap switching element and Pockels cells, with an analysis of their expected switching speeds, in order to establish the effectiveness of the modulator, as compared to conventional sinusoidally driven active mode lockers. Single pulses of 50-70 mJ are reliably cavity-dumped after only 100-ns delay (23 round trips) with pulse length adjustable from 50-100 ps with ±5-ps stability. Relative timing between the main (CO2) and probe (ruby) pulses allows a measurement accuracy of ±50 ps to be attained.

  17. Self-starting ultrafast fiber lasers mode-locked with alcohol.

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    Wang, Zhiqiang; Zhan, Li; Wu, Jian; Zou, Zhixin; Zhang, Liang; Qian, Kai; He, Le; Fang, Xiao

    2015-08-15

    We report a novel saturable absorber (SA) based on anhydrous alcohol for mode-locked fiber lasers (MLFLs). The SA is an optical ferrule with one alcoholic end-facet sealed by a polyethylene (PE) film. Its modulation depth is measured to be 5.9%. Also, a self-starting MLFL using such an alcohol-SA has been demonstrated to generate 972-fs pulses at 1594.6 nm. The single pulse energy is up to 1.8 nJ with the repetition rate of 20.97 MHz, and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is higher than 50 dB. The MLFL exhibits the performance of self-starting, good stability, and high pulse energy. Such a cost-effective and easily-prepared SA with high damage threshold may find wide applications for ultrafast lasers. Besides, it may arouse wide considerations of the mode-locking function of organic liquids for ultrafast lasers.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Diode-pumped 88-fs Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:Y₃Ga₅O₁₂ crystal laser.

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    Zhang, Jinwei; Han, Hainian; Tian, Wenlong; Lv, Liang; Wang, Qing; Wei, Zhiyi

    2013-12-02

    We realized a stable Kerr-lens mode-locked operation in a diode-pumped Yb:Y₃Ga₅O₁₂ laser. Pulses as short as 88 fs at the center wavelength of 1042 nm were obtained at a repetition rate of 159.3 MHz. The maximum output power was 104 mW under the incident pump power of 3.9 W. By comparing the mode-locked characteristics under different output transmissions, we obtained pulses with the highest output power of 330 mW and a duration of 149 fs. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:Y₃Ga₅O₁₂ laser.

  2. Tunable triple-wavelength mode-locked fiber laser with topological insulator Bi2Se3 solution

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    Guo, Bo; Yao, Yong

    2016-08-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a tunable triple-wavelength mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser with few-layer topological insulator: Bi2Se3/polyvinyl alcohol solution. By properly adjusting the pump power and the polarization state, the single-, dual-, and triple-wavelength mode-locking operation could be stably initiated with a wavelength-tunable range (˜1 nm) and a variable wavelength spacing (1.7 or 2 nm). Meanwhile, it exhibits the maximum output power of 10 mW and pulse energy of 1.12 nJ at the pump power of 175 mW. The simple, low-cost triple-wavelength mode-locked fiber laser might be applied in various potential fields, such as optical communication, biomedical research, and sensing system.

  3. 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.

  4. Raman fiber laser harmonically mode-locked by exploiting the intermodal beating of CW multimode pump source.

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    Luo, Z Q; Ye, C C; Fu, H Y; Cheng, H H; Wang, J Z; Cai, Z P

    2012-08-27

    We report here the first demonstration of a harmonic mode-locked Raman fiber laser using the intermodal beating of a continuous-wave (CW) multiple-longitudinal-mode pump laser. By matching the Raman-cavity round-trip frequency with the intermodal-beating one of a 1064 nm CW pump source, harmonic mode-locking in phosphosilicate Raman fiber laser is stably initiated at the first-order Stokes of 1239.5 nm, and generates rectangular-shape nanosecond pulses with the pulse energy up to 4.25 nJ. Using the new type of mode-locking, the harmonic order can be discretely tuned from 78 th- to 693 rd-order, and the cavity supermode is suppressed up to 51.1 dB with the signal-to-noise ratio of more than 65 dB.

  5. Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:CaGdAlO4 laser with tunable wavelength

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    Gao, Ziye; Zhu, Jiangfeng; Wang, Junli; Wang, Zhaohua; Wei, Zhiyi; Xu, Xiaodong; Zheng, Lihe; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun

    2016-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a wavelength tunable Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond laser based on an Yb:CaGdAlO4 (Yb:CGA) crystal. The Kerr-lens mode-locked wavelength tuning range was from 1043.5 to 1076 nm, as broad as 32.5 nm, by slightly tilting the end mirror. Pulses as short as 60 fs were generated at the central wavelength of 1043.8 nm with an average output power of 66 mW. By using an output coupler with 1.5% transmittance, the Kerr-lens mode-locked average output power reached 127 mW with a pulse duration of 81 fs at a central wavelength of 1049.5 nm.

  6. 1.34 µm picosecond self-mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 watt-level laser

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    Han, Ming; Peng, Jiying; Li, Zuohan; Cao, Qiuyuan; Yuan, Ruixia

    2017-01-01

    With a simple linear configuration, a diode-pumped, self-mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser at 1.34 µm is experimentally demonstrated for the first time. Based on the aberrationless theory of self-focusing and thermal lensing effect, through designing and optimizing the resonator, a pulse width as short as 9.1 ps is generated at a repetition rate of 2.0 GHz and the average output power is 2.51 W. The optical conversion efficiency and the slope efficiency for the stable mode-locked operation are approximately 16.7% and 19.2%, respectively.

  7. Low-loss flake-graphene saturable absorber mirror for laser mode-locking at sub-200-fs pulse duration

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    Cunning, B. V.; Brown, C. L.; Kielpinski, D.

    2011-12-01

    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 indicates that the film exhibits low nonsaturable loss (13% per pass) and large absorption modulation depth (45% of low-power absorption).

  8. Diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:LYSO laser with 61fs pulse duration.

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    Tian, Wenlong; Wang, Zhaohua; Wei, Long; Peng, Yingnan; Zhang, Jinwei; Zhu, Zheng; Zhu, Jiangfeng; Han, Hainian; Jia, Yulei; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Jun; Wei, Zhiyi

    2014-08-11

    A stable diode pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked (KLM) Yb:LuYSiO5 (Yb:LYSO) laser of generating 61 fs pulses at a central wavelength of 1055.4 nm is experimentally demonstrated. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first demonstration of femtosecond KLM operation in Yb:LYSO laser, and it is believed that 61 fs is the shortest pulse duration ever produced from an Yb-doped orthosilicate laser. The average output power of the mode-locked laser is 40 mW and the repetition rate is 113 MHz.

  9. Continuous-wave self-mode-locked operation of a femtosecond Cr[sup 4+]:YAG laser

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    Sennaroglu, A.; Pollock, C.R. ); Nathel, H. )

    1994-03-15

    Continuous-wave self-mode-locked operation of a chromium-doped YAG laser pumped by a continuous-wave Nd:YAG laser at 20 [degree]C is described. We used both regenerative initiation and continuous-wave self-mode-locking techniques to generate nearly transform-limited pulses of 120-fs (FWHM) duration at 1.52 [mu]m. The TEM[sub 00] output power was as high as 360 mW. The output of this femtosecond source was tunable from 1.51 to 1.53 [mu]m.

  10. Generation of sub-100-fs pulses from a CW mode-locked chromium-doped forsterite laser

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    Seas, A.; Petricevic, V.; Alfano, R. R.

    1992-01-01

    Generation of femtosecond pulses from a continuous-wave mode-locked chromium-doped forsterite laser is reported. The forsterite laser was actively mode locked by using an acoustooptic modulator operating at 78 MHz with two Brewster high-dispersion glass prisms for intracavity chirp compensation. Transform-limited sub-100-fs pulses were routinely generated in the TEM(00) mode with 85 mW of continuous power (with 1 percent output coupler), tunable over 1230-1280 nm. The shortest pulses measured had a 60-fs pulse width.

  11. Analysis of hybrid mode-locking of two-section quantum dot lasers operating at 1.5 microm.

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    Heck, Martijn J R; Salumbides, Edcel J; Renault, Amandine; Bente, Erwin A J M; Oei, Yok-Siang; Smit, Meint K; van Veldhoven, René; Nötzel, Richard; Eikema, Kjeld S E; Ubachs, Wim

    2009-09-28

    For the first time a detailed study of hybrid mode-locking in two-section InAs/InP quantum dot Fabry-Pérot-type lasers is presented. The output pulses have a typical upchirp of approximately 8 ps/nm, leading to very elongated pulses. The mechanism leading to this typical pulse shape and the phase noise is investigated by detailed radio-frequency and optical spectral studies as well as time-domain studies. The pulse shaping mechanism in these lasers is found to be fundamentally different than the mechanism observed in conventional mode-locked laser diodes, based on quantum well gain or bulk material.

  12. High energy mode locked fiber oscillators for high contrast, high energy petawatt laser seed sources

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    Dawson, J W; Messerly, M J; An, J; Kim, D; Barty, C J

    2006-06-15

    In a high-energy petawatt laser beam line the ASE pulse contrast is directly related to the total laser gain. Thus a more energetic input pulse will result in increased pulse contrast at the target. We have developed a mode-locked fiber laser with high quality pulses and energies exceeding 25nJ. We believe this 25nJ result is scalable to higher energies. This oscillator has no intra-cavity dispersion compensation, which yields an extremely simple, and elegant laser configuration. We will discuss the design of this laser, our most recent results and characterization of all the key parameters relevant to it use as a seed laser. Our oscillator is a ring cavity mode-locked fiber laser [1]. These lasers operate in a self-similar pulse propagation regime characterized by a spectrum that is almost square. This mode was found theoretically [2] to occur only in the positive dispersion regime. Further increasing positive dispersion should lead to increasing pulse energy [2]. We established that the positive dispersion required for high-energy operation was approximately that of 2m of fiber. To this end, we constructed a laser cavity similar to [1], but with no gratings and only 2m of fiber, which we cladding pumped in order to ensure sufficient pump power was available to achieve mode-locked operation. A schematic of the laser is shown in figure 1 below. This laser produced low noise 25nJ pulses with a broad self similar spectrum (figure 2) and pulses that could be de-chirped to <100fs (figure 3). Pulse contrast is important in peta-watt laser systems. A major contributor to pulse contrast is amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), which is proportional to the gain in the laser chain. As the oscillator strength is increased, the required gain to reach 1PW pulses is decreased, reducing ASE and improving pulse contrast. We believe these lasers can be scaled in a stable fashion to pulse energies as high as 100nJ and have in fact seen 60nJ briefly in our lab, which is work still

  13. Dynamic mode locking in a driven colloidal system: experiments and theory

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    Juniper, Michael P. N.; Zimmermann, Urs; Straube, Arthur V.; Besseling, Rut; Aarts, Dirk G. A. L.; Löwen, Hartmut; Dullens, Roel P. A.

    2017-01-01

    In this article we examine the dynamics of a colloidal particle driven by a modulated force over a sinusoidal optical potential energy landscape. Coupling between the competing frequencies of the modulated drive and that of particle motion over the periodic landscape leads to synchronisation of particle motion into discrete modes. This synchronisation manifests as steps in the average particle velocity, with mode locked steps covering a range of average driving velocities. The amplitude and frequency dependence of the steps are considered, and compared to results from analytic theory, Langevin dynamics simulations, and dynamic density functional theory. Furthermore, the critical driving velocity is studied, and simulation used to extend the range of conditions accessible in experiments alone. Finally, state diagrams from experiment, simulation, and theory are used to show the extent of the dynamically locked modes in two dimensions, as a function of both the amplitude and frequency of the modulated drive.

  14. Femtosecond synchronously mode-locked vertical-external cavity surface-emitting laser.

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    Zhang, Wei; Ackemann, Thorsten; Schmid, Marc; Langford, Nigel; Ferguson, Allister

    2006-03-06

    The behavior of a room temperature synchronously mode-locked vertical-external cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) operating at 980 nm is reported. The laser performance was found to be qualitatively the same for different pump pulse duration (3.6 ps and 70 fs). The pulse duration of the laser is limited by strong self-phase modulation to around 10-40 ps. By compressing the strongly chirped pulses generated directly from the laser, ultrashort pulses with duration of around 200 fs with maximum peak powers of 1.3 kW at 80 MHz were obtained. Multiple pulsing of the laser was observed and the effects of cavity length detuning on pulse width and spectral bandwidth have been investigated.

  15. Experimental and numerical studies of mode-locked fiber laser with large normal and anomalous dispersion.

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    Zhang, Lei; El-Damak, A R; Feng, Yan; Gu, Xijia

    2013-05-20

    An ytterbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser was demonstrated with a chirped fiber Bragg grating for dispersion management. The cavity net dispersion could be changed from large normal dispersion (2.4 ps(2)) to large anomalous dispersion (-2.0 ps(2)), depending on the direction of the chirped Bragg grating in laser cavity. The proposed fiber lasers with large normal dispersion generated stable pulses with a pulse width of <1.1 ns and a pulse energy of 1.5 nJ. The laser with large anomalous dispersion generated wavelength-tunable soliton with a pulse width of 2.7 ps and pulse energy of 0.13 nJ. A theoretical model was established and used to verify the experimental observations.

  16. Femtosecond pulse generation from a topological insulator mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Liu, Hao; Zheng, Xu-Wu; Liu, Meng; Zhao, Nian; Luo, Ai-Ping; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Xu, Wen-Cheng; Zhang, Han; Zhao, Chu-Jun; Wen, Shuang-Chun

    2014-03-24

    We reported on the generation of femtosecond pulse in a 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.

  17. Report on first masing and single mode locking in a prebunched beam FEM oscillator

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    Cohen, M.; Eichenbaum, A.; Kleinman, H.

    1995-12-31

    Radiation characteristics of a table-top free electron maser (FEM) are described in this paper. The FEM employs a prebunched electron beam and is operated as an oscillator in the low-gain collective (Raman) regime. Using electron beam prebunching single mode locking at any one of the possible oscillation modes was obtained. The electron beam is prebunched by a microwave tube section before it is injected into the wiggler. By tuning the electron beam bunching frequency, the FEM oscillation frequency can be locked to any eigen frequency of the resonant waveguide cavity which is within the frequency band of net gain of the FEM. The oscillation build up process is sped up, when the FEM operates with a prebunched electron beam, and the build-up time of radiation is shortened significantly. First measurements of masing with and without prebunching and characterization of the emitted radiation are reported.

  18. Discrete family of dissipative soliton pairs in mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Zavyalov, Aleksandr; Iliew, Rumen; Egorov, Oleg; Lederer, Falk

    2009-05-15

    We numerically investigate the formation of soliton pairs (bound states) in mode-locked fiber ring lasers. In the distributed model (complex cubic-quintic Ginzburg-Landau equation) we observe a discrete family of soliton pairs with equidistantly increasing peak separation. This family was identified by two alternative numerical schemes and the bound state instability was disclosed by a linear stability analysis. Moreover, similar families of unstable bound state solutions have been found in a more realistic lumped laser model with an idealized saturable absorber (instantaneous response). We show that a stabilization of these bound states can be achieved when the finite relaxation time of the saturable absorber is taken into account. The domain of stability can be controlled by varying this relaxation time.

  19. 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.

  20. CW mode locked Nd:YVO4 laser pumped by 20-W laser diode bar

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    Jabczyński, J. K.; Żendzian, W.; Kwiatkowski, J.

    2006-06-01

    The efficient cw mode locking (cw-ML) regime was demonstrated in Nd:YVO4 laser by means of saturable absorber mirror (SAM). The 0.3-at.% Nd3+ doped 10-mm-long YVO4 crystal end pumped by 20-W diode module with a beam shaper was applied as a gain medium located in the close vicinity to the rear flat mirror of the first arm of Z-type resonator of 316 cm total length with two curved mirrors of 100-cm curvature radii. The SAM of 2%-saturable absorptance and saturation fluence of 50 μJ/cm2 was mounted at the opposite end of a resonator. The developed "dynamically stable" cavity design mitigates detrimental role of thermal aberration in gain medium, enforcing clean perfect mode locking even for the highest pump densities. The cw-ML pulses with 47.5 MHz repetition rate and pulse durations in the range of 15-20 ps were observed for a wide range of pump powers and output coupler losses. In the best case, for 32% of output coupler transmission, up to 6.2 W of average power with near 35% slope efficiency was achieved. The thresholds for Q-switched ML, cw-ML regimes were 2.67 W and 6.13 W of pump power, respectively. For the maximum pump power of 20 W we obtained 133 nJ of pulse energy with 16-ps pulse duration, resulting in a peak power higher than 8 kW. The threshold energy density at SAM giving the QML regime was estimated to be about 30 μJ/cm2, threshold of cw-ML regime was 220 μJ/cm2.

  1. 1-kilowatt CW all-fiber laser oscillator pumped with wavelength-beam-combined diode stacks.

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    Xiao, Y; Brunet, F; Kanskar, M; Faucher, M; Wetter, A; Holehouse, N

    2012-01-30

    We have demonstrated a monolithic cladding-pumped ytterbium-doped single all-fiber laser oscillator generating 1 kW of CW signal power at 1080 nm with 71% slope efficiency and near diffraction-limited beam quality. Fiber components were highly integrated on "spliceless" passive fibers to promote laser efficiency and alleviate non-linear effects. The laser was pumped through a 7:1 pump combiner with seven 200-W 91x nm fiber-pigtailed wavelength-beam-combined diode-stack modules. The signal power of such a single all-fiber laser oscillator showed no evidence of roll-over, and the highest output was limited only by available pump power.

  2. Wavelength-Versatile Graphene-Gold Film Saturable Absorber Mirror for Ultra-Broadband Mode-Locking of Bulk Lasers

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    Ma, Jie; Xie, Guoqiang; Lv, Peng; Gao, Wenlan; Yuan, Peng; Qian, Liejia; Griebner, Uwe; Petrov, Valentin; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang

    2014-01-01

    An ultra-broadband graphene-gold film saturable absorber mirror (GG-SAM) with a spectral coverage exceeding 1300 nm is experimentally demonstrated for mode-locking of bulk solid-state lasers. Owing to the p-type doping effect caused by graphene-gold film interaction, the graphene on gold-film substrate shows a remarkably lower light absorption relative to pristine graphene, which is very helpful to achieve continuous-wave mode-locking in low-gain bulk lasers. Using the GG-SAM sample, stable mode-locking is realized in a Yb:YCOB bulk laser near 1 μm, a Tm:CLNGG bulk laser near 2 μm and a Cr:ZnSe bulk laser near 2.4 μm. The saturable absorption is characterised at an intermediate wavelength of 1.56 μm by pump-probe measurements. The as-fabricated GG-SAM with ultra-broad bandwidth, ultrafast recovery time, low absorption, and low cost has great potential as a universal saturable absorber mirror for mode-locking of various bulk lasers with unprecedented spectral coverage. PMID:24853072

  3. Laser-diode pumped self-mode-locked praseodymium visible lasers with multi-gigahertz repetition rate.

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    Zhang, Yuxia; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Di Lieto, Alberto; Tonelli, Mauro; Wang, Jiyang

    2016-06-15

    We demonstrate efficient laser-diode pumped multi-gigahertz (GHz) self-mode-locked praseodymium (Pr3+) visible lasers with broadband spectra from green to deep red for the first time to our knowledge. With a Pr3+-doped GdLiF4 crystal, stable self-mode-locked visible pulsed lasers at the wavelengths of 522 nm, 607 nm, 639 nm, and 720 nm have been obtained with the repetition rates of 2.8 GHz, 3.1 GHz, 3.1 GHz, and 3.0 GHz, respectively. The maximum output power was 612 mW with the slope efficiency of 46.9% at 639 nm. The mode-locking mechanism was theoretically analyzed. The stable second-harmonic mode-locking with doubled repetition frequency was also realized based on the Fabry-Perot effect formed in the laser cavity. In addition, we find that the polarization directions were turned with lasing wavelengths. This work may provide a new way for generating efficient ultrafast pulses with high- and changeable-repetition rates in the visible range.

  4. 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.

  5. Mode-locked ytterbium fiber lasers using a large modulation depth carbon nanotube saturable absorber without an additional spectral filter

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    Pan, Y. Z.; Miao, J. G.; Liu, W. J.; Huang, X. J.; Wang, Y. B.

    2014-09-01

    We demonstrate an all-normal-dispersion ytterbium (Yb)-doped fiber laser mode-locked by a higher modulation depth carbon nanotube saturable absorber (CNT-SA) based on an evanescent field interaction scheme. The laser cavity consists of pure normal dispersion fibers without dispersion compensation and an additional spectral filter. It is exhibited that the higher modulation depth CNT-SA could contribute to stabilize the mode-locking operation within a limited range of pump power and generate the highly chirped pulses with a high-energy level in the cavity with large normal dispersion and strong nonlinearity. Stable mode-locked pulses with a maximal energy of 29 nJ with a 5.59 MHz repetition rate at the operating wavelength around 1085 nm have been obtained. The maximal time-bandwidth product is 262.4. The temporal and spectral characteristics of pulses versus pump power are demonstrated. The experimental results suggest that the CNT-SA provides a sufficient nonlinear loss to compensate high nonlinearity and catch up the gain at a different pump power and thus leads to the stable mode locking.

  6. REVIEW ARTICLE: Harmonically mode-locked semiconductor-based lasers as high repetition rate ultralow noise pulse train and optical frequency comb sources

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    Quinlan, F.; Ozharar, S.; Gee, S.; Delfyett, P. J.

    2009-10-01

    Recent experimental work on semiconductor-based harmonically mode-locked lasers geared toward low noise applications is reviewed. Active, harmonic mode-locking of semiconductor-based lasers has proven to be an excellent way to generate 10 GHz repetition rate pulse trains with pulse-to-pulse timing jitter of only a few femtoseconds without requiring active feedback stabilization. This level of timing jitter is achieved in long fiberized ring cavities and relies upon such factors as low noise rf sources as mode-lockers, high optical power, intracavity dispersion management and intracavity phase modulation. When a high finesse etalon is placed within the optical cavity, semiconductor-based harmonically mode-locked lasers can be used as optical frequency comb sources with 10 GHz mode spacing. When active mode-locking is replaced with regenerative mode-locking, a completely self-contained comb source is created, referenced to the intracavity etalon.

  7. Polarization insensitive all-fiber mode-lockers functioned by carbon nanotubes deposited onto tapered fibers

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    Song, Yong-Won; Morimune, Keiyo; Set, Sze Y.; Yamashita, Shinji

    2007-01-01

    The authors demonstrate a nonblocked all-fiber mode locker operated by the interaction of carbon nanotubes with the evanescent field of propagating light in a tapered fiber. Symmetric cross section of the device with the randomly oriented nanotubes guarantees the polarization insensitive operation of the pulse formation. In order to minimize the scattering, the carbon nanotubes are deposited within a designed area around the tapered waist. The demonstrated passively pulsed laser has the repetition rate of 7.3MHz and the pulse width of 829fs.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Extended coherence length Fourier domain mode locked lasers at 1310 nm.

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    Adler, Desmond C; Wieser, Wolfgang; Trepanier, Francois; Schmitt, Joseph M; Huber, Robert A

    2011-10-10

    Fourier domain mode locked (FDML) lasers are excellent tunable laser sources for frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) systems due to their combination of high sweep rates, large tuning ranges, and high output powers. However, conventional FDML lasers provide coherence lengths of only 4-10 mm, limiting their use in demanding applications such as intravascular OCT where coherence lengths of >20 mm are required for optimal imaging of large blood vessels. Furthermore, like most swept lasers, conventional FDML lasers produce only one useable sweep direction per tunable filter drive cycle, halving the effective sweep rate of the laser compared to the filter drive frequency. Here, we demonstrate a new class of FDML laser incorporating broadband dispersion compensation near 1310 nm. Elimination of chromatic dispersion in the FDML cavity results in the generation of forward (short to long wavelength) and backward (long to short wavelength) sweeps with substantially identical properties and coherence lengths of >21 mm. This advance enables long-range, high-speed FD-OCT imaging without the need for optical buffering stages, significantly reducing laser cost and complexity.

  11. Ultrafast pulse amplification in mode-locked vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Böttge, C. N. Hader, J.; Kilen, I.; Moloney, J. V.; Koch, S. W.

    2014-12-29

    A fully microscopic many-body Maxwell–semiconductor Bloch model is used to investigate the influence of the non-equilibrium carrier dynamics on the short-pulse amplification in mode-locked semiconductor microlaser systems. The numerical solution of the coupled equations allows for a self-consistent investigation of the light–matter coupling dynamics, the carrier kinetics in the saturable absorber and the multiple-quantum-well gain medium, as well as the modification of the light field through the pulse-induced optical polarization. The influence of the pulse-induced non-equilibrium modifications of the carrier distributions in the gain medium and the saturable absorber on the single-pulse amplification in the laser cavity is identified. It is shown that for the same structure, quantum wells, and gain bandwidth the non-equilibrium carrier dynamics lead to two preferred operation regimes: one with pulses in the (sub-)100 fs-regime and one with multi-picosecond pulses. The recovery time of the saturable absorber determines in which regime the device operates.

  12. 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.

  13. Characterization of Fourier domain mode-locked wavelength swept laser for optical coherence tomography imaging.

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    Jeon, Min Yong; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Zhongping

    2008-03-17

    We present characteristics of a wavelength swept laser with a scanning fiber Fabry-Perot filter at 1300 nm. We investigate the dependence of the scanning frequencies in the swept laser. In conventional wavelength swept lasers, the relative intensity of the laser output decreases significantly as the scanning frequency increases. The peak wavelength of the output spectrum is red-shifted due to the nonlinear frequency downshifting in the semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). In the Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) wavelength swept laser, we investigate transient intensity profiles and the full width at half maximum in response to the injection currents and detuning of the scanning frequency. The degradation of the scanning range of the swept laser is caused by the deviation from the scanning frequency at 45.6 kHz. In addition, transient intensity profiles show significant asymmetric behavior in response to the detuned frequencies. Finally, the axial resolution and sensitivity as a function of imaging depth are analyzed for both forward and backward scans. With the FDML laser, the detection sensitivity up to 102 dB is achieved for the backward scans. The backward scans exhibit higher axial resolution and sensitivity than the forward scan.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. High power wavelength linearly swept mode locked fiber laser for OCT imaging.

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    Liu, George Y; Mariampillai, Adrian; Standish, Beau A; Munce, Nigel R; Gu, Xijia; Vitkin, I Alex

    2008-09-01

    We report a long coherence length, high power, and wide tuning range wavelength linearly swept fiber mode-locked laser based on polygon scanning filters. An output power of 52.6 mW with 112 nm wavelength tuning range at 62.6 kHz sweeping rate has been achieved. The coherence length is long enough to enable imaging over 8.1 mm depth when the sensitivity decreases by 8.7 dB (1/e(2)). The Fourier components are still distinguishable when the ranging depth exceeds 15 mm, which corresponds to 30 mm optical path difference in air. The parameters that are critical to OCT imaging quality such as polygon filter linewidth, the laser coherence length, output power, axial resolution and the Fourier sensitivity have been investigated theoretically and experimentally. Since the wavelength is swept linearly with time, an analytical approach has been developed for transforming the interference signal from equidistant spacing in wavelength to equidistant spacing in frequency. Axial resolution of 7.9 microm in air has been achieved experimentally that approaches the theoretical limit.

  17. Broadband Fourier domain mode-locked laser for optical coherence tomography at 1060 nm

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    Marschall, Sebastian; Klein, Thomas; Wieser, Wolfgang; Torzicky, Teresa; Pircher, Michael; Biedermann, Benjamin R.; Pedersen, Christian; Hitzenberger, Christoph K.; Huber, Robert; Andersen, Peter E.

    2012-01-01

    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, 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 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 to 100nm total sweep range and 12 μm depth resolution in air. By modulating the current, we can optimize the output spectrum and thereby improve the resolution to 9 μm in air (~6.5 μm in tissue). The average output power is higher than 20mW. Both sweep directions show similar performance; hence, both can be used for OCT imaging. This enables an A-scan rate of 350 kHz without buffering the light source output.

  18. Polarization-maintaining buffered Fourier domain mode-locked swept source for optical coherence tomography.

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    Zhang, Jun; Jing, Joe; Wang, Pinghe; Chen, Zhongping

    2011-12-15

    A polarization-maintaining buffered Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) swept source with a center wavelength of 1300 nm is demonstrated. The scanning rate of the buffered FDML swept source is doubled without sacrificing the output power of the swept source by combining two orthogonally polarized outputs with a polarization beam combiner. The stability of the swept source is improved because the polarization state of the laser beam inside the laser cavity is maintained without the use of any polarization controllers. The swept source is capable of an edge-to-edge tuning range of more than 150 nm and a FWHM range of 95 nm at a 102 kHz sweeping rate and with an average power of 12 mW. A swept source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) system is developed utilizing this buffered FDML swept source. The axial resolution of the SSOCT system is measured to be 9.4 µm in air. The sensitivity of the SSOCT system is 107.5 dB at a depth of 0.25 mm with a 6 dB roll-off at a depth of 2.25 mm.

  19. Picosecond optical vortex converted from multigigahertz self-mode-locked high-order Hermite-Gaussian Nd:GdVO(4) lasers.

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    Liang, H C; Huang, Y J; Lin, Y C; Lu, T H; Chen, Y F; Huang, K F

    2009-12-15

    We report on a gigahertz self-mode-locked high-order Hermite-Gaussian (HG) Nd:GdVO(4) laser. With a pump power of 2.2 W, the average output power for the TEM(0,m) modes from m=9 to m=0 are among 350-780 mW at a repetition rate of 3.5 GHz. The mode-locked pulse width is in the range of 20-25 ps for various HG TEM(0,m) modes. With a simple cylindrical-lens converter, the mode-locked HG beams are converted to generate picosecond optical vortex pulses.

  20. 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.

  1. Broadband frequency-domain near-infrared spectral tomography using a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

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    Wang, Jia; Jiang, Shudong; Paulsen, Keith D.; Pogue, Brian W.

    2009-01-01

    Frequency-domain near-infrared (NIR) diffuse spectral tomography with a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser is presented, providing tunable multiwavelength quantitative spectroscopy with maximal power for thick tissue imaging. The system was developed to show that intrinsically high stability can be achieved with many wavelengths in the NIR range, using a mode-locked signal of 80 MHz with heterodyned lock-in detection. The effect of cumulative noise from multiple wavelengths of data on the reconstruction process was studied, and it was shown that inclusion of more wavelengths can reduce skew in the noise distribution. This normalization of the data variance then minimizes errors in estimation of chromophore concentrations. Simulations and tissue phantom experiments were used to quantify this improvement in image accuracy for recovery of tissue hemoglobin and oxygen saturation. PMID:19340109

  2. Kerr-Lens Self-Mode-Locked Laser Characteristics of Yb:Lu2SiO5 Crystal

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    Liu, Jie; Yang, Ji-Min; Wang, Wei-Wei; Zheng, Li-He; Su, Liang-Bi; Xu, Jun

    2011-07-01

    A diode-pumped Kerr-lens self-mode-locked laser is achieved by using Yb: Lu2SiO5(Yb:LSO) crystal without additional components. Under the incident pump power of 14.44 W, a self-mode-locked output power of 2.98 W is obtained in the five-mirror cavity, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 20.6%. Pulses as short as 8.2 ps are realized at 1059 nm, with the corresponding pulse energy and peak power of 28.9 nJ and 3.5 kW, respectively. A pair of SF10 prisms are inserted into the laser cavity to compensate for the group velocity dispersion. The pulse width is compressed to 2.2 ps with an average output power of 1.25 W.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    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)

  5. Hysteresis in the tearing mode locking/unlocking due to resonant magnetic perturbations in EXTRAP T2R

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    Fridström, R.; Frassinetti, L.; Brunsell, P. R.

    2015-10-01

    The physical mechanisms behind the hysteresis in the tearing mode locking and unlocking to a resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) are experimentally studied in EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch. The experiments show that the electromagnetic and the viscous torque increase with increasing perturbation amplitude until the mode locks to the wall. At the wall-locking, the plasma velocity reduction profile is peaked at the radius where the RMP is resonant. Thereafter, the viscous torque drops due to the relaxation of the velocity in the central plasma. This is the main reason for the hysteresis in the RMP locking and unlocking amplitude. The increased amplitude of the locked tearing mode produces further deepening of the hysteresis. Both experimental results are in qualitative agreement with the model in Fitzpatrick et al (2001 Phys. Plasmas 8 4489)

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. Single-polarization noise-like pulse generation from a hybrid mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser

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    Liu, Shuo; Yan, Feng-Ping; Feng, Ting; Zhang, Lu-Na; Bai, Zhuo-Ya; Zhou, Hong; Hou, Yafei; Zhang, Ning

    2017-04-01

    A hybrid mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser incorporating a nonlinear optical loop mirror and a nonlinear polarization rotation effect is proposed in the 2 μm band for the first time. By adjusting two polarization controllers, a stable single-polarization noise-like (SPNL) pulse operation is obtained. The SPNL pulse could work steadily for at least 400 min. At a launched pump power of 3.52 W, the hybrid mode-locked SPNL pulse centers at 2007 nm with an optical full width at half maximum of 20 nm, a polarization extinction ratio of 26.3 dB, a coherence spike width of 258 fs and a pulse energy of 42.11 nJ, respectively.

  9. High-power picosecond Nd:GdVO4 laser mode locked by SHG in periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate.

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    Iliev, Hristo; Buchvarov, Ivan; Kurimura, Sunao; Petrov, Valentin

    2010-04-01

    Periodically poled stoichiometric lithium-tantalate is used for mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:GdVO(4) laser by intracavity second-harmonic generation. Stable and self-starting operation is observed achieving average output powers of up to 5 W at a pulse-repetition rate of 107 MHz. The obtained pulse durations range from 6.5 ps at maximum output power down to 3.2 ps at 1.4 W.

  10. Generation of 54 Fs Laser Pulses from a Diode Pumped Kerr-Lens Mode-Locked Yb:LSO Laser

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    Tian, Wen-Long; Wang, Zhao-Hua; Zhu, Jiang-Feng; Wei, Zhi-Yi; Zheng, Li-He; Xu, Xiao-Dong; Xu, Jun

    2015-02-01

    A diode pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond Yb:LSO laser is experimentally demonstrated for the first time. The 54 fs laser pulses at central wavelength of 1052 nm with a bandwidth of 22.5 nm are obtained at the repetition rate of 113 MHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse duration ever produced from the Yb-doped orthosilicates lasers family.

  11. Actively mode-locked diode laser with a mode spacing stability of ∼6 × 10{sup -14}

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    Zakharyash, V F; Kashirsky, A V; Klementyev, V M

    2015-10-31

    We have studied mode spacing stability in an actively mode-locked external-cavity semiconductor laser. It has been shown that, in the case of mode spacing pulling to the frequency of a highly stable external microwave signal produced by a hydrogen standard (stability of 4 × 10{sup -14} over an averaging period τ = 10 s), this configuration ensures a mode spacing stability of 5.92 × 10{sup -14} (τ = 10 s). (control of radiation parameters)

  12. High-Performance Photonic Analog-to-Digital Converter and Low-Noise Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers

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    2007-11-02

    resolution of the modulator. Advances in electro-optic modulator technology allow low electrical losses, halfwave voltages approaching a few volts, DARPA...unlimited. Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375-5320 May 26, 2003 Photonics Technology Branch Optical Sciences Division NRL/MR/5650--03-8679 i...James Murphy Analog-to-digital converter; Optical clocks; Mode-locked fiber laser Final report Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 3701 North

  13. Black phosphorus as a saturable absorber for generating mode-locked fiber laser in normal dispersion regime

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    Latiff, A. A.; Rusdi, M. F. M.; Hisyam, M. B.; Ahmad, H.; Harun, S. W.

    2016-11-01

    This paper reports a few-layer black phosphorus (BP) as a saturable absorber (SA) or phase-locker in generating modelocked pulses from a double-clad ytterbium-doped fiber laser (YDFL). We mechanically exfoliated the BP flakes from BP crystal through a scotch tape, and repeatedly press until the flakes thin and spread homogenously. Then, a piece of BP tape was inserted in the cavity between two fiber connectors end facet. Under 810 mW to 1320 mW pump power, stable mode-locked operation at 1085 nm with a repetition rate of 13.4 MHz is successfully achieved in normal dispersion regime. Before mode-locked operation disappears above maximum pump, the output power and pulse energy is about 80 mW and 6 nJ, respectively. This mode-locked laser produces peak power of 0.74 kW. Our work may validates BP SA as a phase-locker related to two-dimensional nanomaterials and pulsed generation in normal dispersion regime.

  14. High-quality and Large-size Topological Insulator Bi2Te3-Gold Saturable Absorber Mirror for Mode-Locking Fiber Laser

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    Chen, Hou-Ren; Tsai, Chih-Ya; Cheng, Hsin-Ming; Lin, Kuei-Huei; Yen, Po-Hsiu; Chen, Chyong-Hua; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

    2016-01-01

    A novel high-quality, large-size, reflection-type topological insulator Bi2Te3-Gold (BG) film-based nonlinear optical modulator has been successfully fabricated as a two-dimensional saturable absorber mirror (SAM) by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). This BG-SAM possesses saturation fluence of 108.3 μJ/cm2, modulation depth (ΔR) of 6.5%, non-saturable loss of 38.4%, high damage threshold above 1.354 mJ/cm2 and excellent uniformity providing for the generation of passive mode-locked (ML) pulses for erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFLs) on a large sample area. Under 124 mW 976 nm pumping, We obtained 452-fs continuous-wave ML pulses with pulse energy of 91 pJ and full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 6.72-nm from this EDFL. The results clearly evidence that the PLD is an efficient method for fabricating BG-SAM that is suitable for a compact ultrafast ML fiber laser system. PMID:27917938

  15. Mode-locking pulse generation with MoS2-PVA saturable absorber in both anomalous and ultra-long normal dispersion regimes.

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

    2016-05-20

    We experimentally demonstrate a stable and simple mode locked erbium doped fiber laser (EDFL) utilizing passive few-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) as a saturable absorber. The MoS2 is obtained by liquid phase exfoliation before it is embedded in a polymer composite film and then inserted in the laser cavity. A stable soliton pulse train started at a low threshold pump power of 20 mW in the anomalous dispersion regime after fine-tuning the rotation of the polarization controller. The central wavelength, 3 dB bandwidth, pulse width, and repetition rate of the soliton pulses are 1574.6 nm, 9.5 nm, 790 fs, and 29.5 MHz, respectively. By inserting a 850 m long dispersion shifted fiber (DSF) in the cavity, a dissipative soliton with square pulse train is obtained in the normal dispersion regime where the operating wavelength is centered at 1567.44 nm with a 3 dB bandwidth of 19.68 nm. The dissipative soliton pulse has a pulse width of 90 ns at a low repetition rate of 231.5 kHz due to the long DSF used. These results are a contribution to the pool of knowledge in nonlinear optical properties of two-dimensional nanomaterials especially for ultrafast photonic applications.

  16. Self-mode-locking in erbium-doped fibre lasers with saturable polymer film absorbers containing single-wall carbon nanotubes synthesised by the arc discharge method

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    Tausenev, Anton V.; Obraztsova, Elena D.; Lobach, A. S.; Chernov, A. I.; Konov, Vitalii I.; Konyashchenko, Aleksandr V.; Kryukov, P. G.; Dianov, Evgenii M.

    2007-03-01

    We studied the ring and linear schemes of erbium-doped fibre lasers in which passive mode locking was achieved with the help of saturable absorbers made of high-optical quality films based on cellulose derivatives with dispersed single-wall carbon nanotubes. The films were prepared by the original method with the use of nanotubes synthesised by the arc discharge method. The films exhibit nonlinear absorption at a wavelength of 1.5 μm. Pulses in the form of optical solitons of duration 1.17 ps at a avelength of 1.56 μm were generated in the ring scheme of the erbium laser. The average output power was 1.1 mW at a pulse repetition rate of 20.5 MHz upon pumping by the 980-nm, 25-mW radiation from a laser diode. The pulse duration in the linear scheme was reduced to 466 fs for the output power up to 4 mW and a pulse repetition rate of 28.5 MHz. The specific feature of these lasers is a low pump threshold in the regime of generation of ultrashort pulses.

  17. Mid-IR Kerr-lens mode-locked polycrystalline Cr2+:ZnS lasers

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    Vasilyev, Sergey; Moskalev, Igor; Mirov, Mike; Mirov, Sergey; Gapontsev, Valentin

    2016-05-01

    This paper summarizes recent improvements of output characteristics of polycrystalline Cr:ZnS/Se master oscillators in Kerr-Lens-Mode-Locked regime: 1.9 W average power at 41 fs pulse duration, 24 nJ pulse energy and 515 kW peak power with efficiency of 19% with regards to 1567 nm pump power from linearly polarized Er-fiber laser. A simple design of mid-IR fs Cr:ZnS MOPA enabled power scaling to 6.8 W at 79 MHz repetition rate. This was accompanied by a 2 fold spectral broadening to 600 nm at -10 dB level, pulse compression from 44 to <30 fs, and overall 25 % optical to optical efficiency. Improved dispersion management of the resonator enabled pulse duration of Cr:ZnS master oscillator approaching 2 optical cycles (<26 fs) and 500 nm (27 THz) bandwidth of the spectrum at half-maximum. Further improvements of the optical coatings will result in octave-spanning polycrystalline Cr2+:ZnS/ZnSe lasers. In this work we also report on recent progress in spinning ring gain element technology and show new unprecedented output power levels for Cr:ZnSe laser gain media: ~140 W at 2400-2500 nm spectral range and ~32 W at 2940-2950 nm in CW regime of operation. High gain of the spinning ring Cr:ZnSe power amplifier demonstrated in this work may potentially enable scaling up the femtosecond mid-IR Cr:ZnS MOPA up to 70-100W.

  18. All-fiber bidirectional optical parametric oscillator for precision sensing.

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    Gowda, R; Nguyen, N; Diels, J-C; Norwood, R A; Peyghambarian, N; Kieu, K

    2015-05-01

    We present the design and operation of an all-fiber, synchronously pumped, bidirectional optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for precision sensing applications. The fiber-based OPO (FOPO) generates two frequency combs with identical repetition rates but different carrier offset frequencies. A narrow beatnote was observed with full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) linewidth of <10  Hz when the two frequency combs were overlapped on a photodetector. The all-fiber design removes the need for free-space alignment and adjustment. In addition, an external delay line to overlap the two pulse trains in time on the detector is not needed since our unique design provides automatic delay compensation. We expect the novel FOPO to find important applications in precision measurements including rotation sensing with ultra-large sensing area and sensitivity.

  19. All-fiber frequency-stabilized erbium doped ring laser.

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    Marty, Patrick Thomas; Morel, Jacques; Feurer, Thomas

    2010-12-20

    We present an all-fiber frequency-stabilized ring laser system with an integrated reference gas cell consisting of a hollow core fiber filled with acetylene. Through nonlinear absorption spectroscopy the laser frequency is stabilized to a specific absorption line of acetylene. Three different stabilization schemes are investigated and the minimum Allan deviation obtained after 100 s is 4.4 · 10(-11).

  20. Diode-pumped mode-locked Tm:LuAG laser at 2  μm based on GaSb-SESAM.

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    Luan, C; Yang, K; Zhao, J; Zhao, S; Li, T; Zhang, H; He, J; Song, L; Dekorsy, T; Guina, M; Zheng, L

    2017-02-15

    Mode-locking of a directly diode-pumped Tm:LuAG laser is demonstrated using GaSb-based semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs). Stable and self-starting mode-locked operation was realized, generating pulses as short as 13.6 ps at 2024 nm with a maximum output power of 98 mW. Two GaInAs-based SESAMs were used for comparison with the operation based upon the use of the GaSb SESAM; in this case, longer pulses with durations of 27 ps and 34 ps were obtained under the same experimental conditions. Our work sets a new record in pulse duration for mode-locked Tm:LuAG lasers and confirms that lattice-matched GaSb-based SESAMs are beneficial for mode-locked solid-state lasers in the 2 μm range.