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Sample records for all-fiber passively mode-locked

  1. 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

    2014-04-01

    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. PMID:24718163

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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. PMID:19756079

  7. 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.

  8. All-fiber Ho-doped mode-locked oscillator based on a graphene saturable absorber.

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    Sotor, Jaroslaw; Pawliszewska, Maria; Sobon, Grzegorz; Kaczmarek, Pawel; Przewolka, Aleksandra; Pasternak, Iwona; Cajzl, Jakub; Peterka, Pavel; Honzátko, Pavel; Kašík, Ivan; Strupinski, Wlodek; Abramski, Krzysztof

    2016-06-01

    In this Letter, we demonstrate a graphene mode-locked, all-fiber Ho-doped fiber laser generating 1.3 nJ energy pulses directly from the oscillator. The graphene used as a saturable absorber was obtained via chemical vapor deposition on copper substrate and immersed in a poly(methyl methacrylate) support. The laser generated ultrashort soliton pulses at 2080 nm with bandwidth up to 6.1 nm. The influence of the output coupling ratio and the SA modulation depth on the mode-locking performance was also investigated. PMID:27244422

  9. 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.

  10. Actively mode-locked all fiber laser with cylindrical vector beam output.

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    Zhou, Yong; Wang, Anting; Gu, Chun; Sun, Biao; Xu, Lixin; Li, Feng; Chung, Dick; Zhan, Qiwen

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrated an all fiber actively mode-locked laser that emits a cylindrical vector beam. An intra-cavity few-mode fiber Bragg grating inscribed in a short section of four-mode fiber is employed to provide mode selection and spectrum filtering functions. Mode coupling is achieved by offset splicing between the single-mode fiber and the four-mode fiber in the laser cavity. A LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder modulator is used to achieve active mode-locking in the laser. The laser operates at 1547 nm with 30 dB spectrum width of 0.2 nm. The mode-locked pulses have a duration of 2 ns and repetition of 12.06 MHz. Through adjusting the polarization state in the laser cavity, both radially and azimuthally polarized beams have been obtained with high mode purity. PMID:26907420

  11. 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. PMID:26125353

  12. 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

  13. 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 ps(2), 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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. PMID:19340236

  16. 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. PMID:25607051

  17. Mode-locked, 1.94-μm, all-fiberized laser using WS₂ based evanescent field interaction.

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    Jung, Minwan; Lee, Junsu; Park, June; Koo, Joonhoi; Jhon, Young Min; Lee, Ju Han

    2015-07-27

    We demonstrate the use of an all-fiberized, mode-locked 1.94 μm laser with a saturable absorption device based on a tungsten disulfide (WS2)-deposited side-polished fiber. The WS2 particles were prepared via liquid phase exfoliation (LPE) without centrifugation. A series of measurements including Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed that the prepared particles had thick nanostructures of more than 5 layers. The prepared saturable absorption device used the evanescent field interaction mechanism between the oscillating beam and WS2 particles and its modulation depth was measured to be ~10.9% at a wavelength of 1925 nm. Incorporating the WS2-based saturable absorption device into a thulium-holmium co-doped fiber ring cavity, stable mode-locked pulses with a temporal width of ~1.3 ps at a repetition rate of 34.8 MHz were readily obtained at a wavelength of 1941 nm. The results of this experiment confirm that WS2 can be used as an effective broadband saturable absorption material that is suitable to passively generate pulses at 2 μm wavelengths. PMID:26367658

  18. 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. PMID:19365487

  19. Bidirectional passively mode-locked soliton fiber laser with a four-port circulator.

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    Ouyang, Chunmei; Shum, Ping; Wu, Kan; Wong, Jia Haur; Lam, Huy Quoc; Aditya, Sheel

    2011-06-01

    We present an all-fiber bidirectional passively mode-locked soliton laser with what we believe is a novel cavity configuration. Using a four-port circulator, we incorporate two different semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) into the laser cavity, which enables bidirectional mode locking. The laser allows the generation of two independent countercirculating mode-locked pulse trains, each with an individual fundamental repetition rate that can be adjusted by varying the SESAM pigtail length. Two countercirculating pulse trains with repetition rates of 21.3 and 15.2 MHz are obtained simultaneously. By controlling the intracavity loss imposed on these two pulse trains, either one of the two pulse trains can be switched on or off. The bidirectional operation with other repetition rates is also demonstrated. PMID:21633458

  20. 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.

  1. Passive mode locking in erbium-ytterbium fiber lasers

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    Thai, Serey; Hayduk, Michael J.

    1999-11-01

    A novel mode-locked erbium-ytterbium fiber laser operating at 1550 nm using multiple quantum well (MQW) saturable absorbers was developed. The laser was constructed in a Fabry-Perot configuration using a fiber Bragg grating as a front reflector and a fiber Bragg grating output as a back reflector of the laser cavity. The passive mode-locking element placed inside the laser cavity is a 75 period InGaAs/InAlAs MQW saturable absorber grown lattice matched on an InP substrate. The output of the laser was taken through the other available port of a wavelength-division demultiplexer. The laser produced mode-locked output pulse trains at 16.67-MHz repetition rate and 10 mW of average output power.

  2. Mode-locked all-fiber laser producing radially polarized rectangular pulses.

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    Sun, Biao; Wang, Anting; Gu, Chun; Chen, Guoliang; Xu, Lixin; Chung, Dick; Zhan, Qiwen

    2015-04-15

    We propose and demonstrate a radially polarized mode-locked fiber laser through the use of a figure-8 cavity in combination with cascade fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The mode-locked laser emits rectangular pulses with width tunable from 2.8 to 23 ns under an increasing pump power at 1056.3 nm with 0.2-nm 30-dB linewidth. A polarization purity as high as 96% for the output transverse mode has been achieved simultaneously. PMID:25872049

  3. Three-dimensional graphene based passively mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Yang, Y; Loeblein, M; Tsang, S H; Chow, K K; Teo, E H T

    2014-12-15

    We present an all-fiber passively mode-locked fiber laser incorporating three-dimensional (3D) graphene as a saturable absorber (SA) for the first time to the best of our knowledge. The 3D graphene is synthesized by template-directed chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The SA is then simply formed by sandwiching the freestanding 3D graphene between two conventional fiber connectors without any deposition process. It is demonstrated that such 3D graphene based SA is capable to produce high quality mode-locked pulses. A passively mode-locked fiber laser is constructed and stable output pulses with a fundamental repetition rate of ~9.9 MHz and a pulse width of ~1 ps are generated from the fiber laser. The average output power of the laser is ~10.5 mW while the output pulse is operating at single pulse region. The results imply that the freestanding 3D graphene can be applied as an effective saturable absorption material for passively mode-locked lasers. PMID:25607096

  4. Passively mode-locked Yb:LuVO4 oscillator

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    Rivier, Simon; Mateos, Xavier; Liu, Junhai; Petrov, Valentin; Griebner, Uwe; Zorn, Martin; Weyers, Markus; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang; Jiang, Minhua

    2006-11-01

    Passive mode locking of the ytterbium doped orthovanadate crystal Yb:LuVO4 is reported for the first time. We demonstrate what we believe to be the shortest pulses directly generated with an Yb-doped crystalline laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber. The pulses at 1036 nm have a duration as short as 58 fs for an average power of 85 mW.

  5. 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.

  6. Synchronization of active/passive mode-locked erbium fiber lasers

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    Kaechele, Walter; Haus, Joseph W.; Hayduk, Michael J.; Erdmann, Reinhard K.; Teegarden, Kenneth J.

    1997-07-01

    Injection seeding of a passively mode-locked fiber laser by an actively mode-locked fiber laser source is described. The passively mode-locked laser employs a multiple quantum well saturable absorber to establish pulsed operation. Mode-locked synchronized operation was maintained with average injection powers as low as 1.3 mW. Stable synchronized pulses were observed with pulse widths as narrow as 10 ps.

  7. 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.

  8. cw passive mode locking of a Ti:sapphire laser

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    Sarukura, N.; Ishida, Y.; Nakano, H.; Yamamoto, Y. )

    1990-02-26

    cw passive mode locking of a Ti:sapphire laser is achieved with 1,1{prime}-dietyl-2,2{prime}-dicarbocyanine iodide as the saturable absorber dye, using a 5 {mu}m thin dye jet flow. The pulse width is 4.0 ps, which is almost the transform-limited pulse for the observed spectrum width. The output power is {similar to}50 mW, when it is pumped by a 5 W cw Ar laser, while the tuning range is 745--755 nm.

  9. Generation of stretched pulses and dissipative solitons at 2  μm from an all-fiber mode-locked laser using carbon nanotube saturable absorbers.

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    Wang, Yu; Alam, Shaif-Ul; Obraztsova, Elena D; Pozharov, Anatoly S; Set, Sze Y; Yamashita, Shinji

    2016-08-15

    We demonstrate for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, a thulium-doped, all-fiber, mode-locked laser using a carbon nanotube saturable absorber, operating in the dissipative-soliton regime and the stretched-pulse-soliton regime. The net dispersion of the laser cavity is adjusted by inserting different lengths of normal dispersion fiber, resulting in different mode-locking regimes. These results could serve as a foundation for the optimization of mode-locked fiber-laser cavity design at the 2 μm wavelength region. PMID:27519109

  10. Statistical light-mode dynamics of multipulse passive mode locking.

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    Weill, Rafi; Well, Rafi; Vodonos, Boris; Gordon, Ariel; Gat, Omri; Fischer, Baruch

    2007-09-01

    We study the multipulse formation in passive mode locking in the framework of the statistical light-mode dynamics theory. It is a many-body theory that treats the complex many-mode laser system by statistical mechanics. We give a detailed theory and experimental verification for the important case of multiple-pulse formation in the laser cavity. We follow and extend our former work on the subject. We give a detailed analysis with a rigorous calculation of the partition function, the free energy, and the order parameter in the coarse-graining method within the mean-field theory that is exact in the light-mode system. The outcome is a comprehensive picture of multipulse formation and annihilation, pulse after pulse, in an almost quantized manner, as the noise ("temperature") or the light power is varied. We obtain the phase diagram of the system, showing a series of first-order phase transitions, each belonging to a different number of pulses. We also study the hysteresis behavior, typical for such thermodynamic systems. We elaborate on the role of the saturable absorber structure in determining the multipulse formation. The theoretical results are compared to experimental measurements that we obtained with mode-locked fiber lasers, and we find an excellent agreement. PMID:17930204

  11. Environmentally-stable wave-breaking-free mode-locked Yb-doped all-fiber laser

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    Ortaç, B.; Plötner, M.; Schreiber, T.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.

    2008-02-01

    We report on experimental generation of wave-breaking-free pulses from an environmentally stable Yb-doped all-fiber laser. The compact linear cavity is constructed with saturable absorber mirror directly glued to the fibers end-facet as nonlinear mode-locking mechanism and chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) for dispersion management, thus, without any free-space optics. Further, the laser was intrinsically environmentally stable, as only polarization maintaining (PM) fibers were used. In the wave-breaking-free regime, the fiber laser directly generates positively-chirped picosecond pulses at a repetition rate of 20.30 MHz. These pulses can be compressed to 218 fs in a HC-PBG providing a femtosecond all-fiber laser system. Adapting the intra cavity dispersion we have also generated chirped pulses with a parabolic spectral profile in the stretched pulse regime. We confirm numerically the wave-breaking-free pulse and stretched pulse evolution and discuss advantages and disadvantages of both regimes in terms of pulse quality.

  12. Passively mode-locked single-polarization microstructure fiber laser.

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    Ortaç, B; Lecaplain, C; Hideur, A; Schreiber, T; Limpert, J; Tünnermann, A

    2008-02-01

    The generation of high-power and stable ultra-short pulses from a passively mode-locked purely normal dispersion fiber laser is reported using the unique combination of a photonic crystal fiber featuring single-polarization, single-mode, and low nonlinearity with a high modulation depth semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The environmentally-stable, self-starting fiber laser generates 1.6 W of average power at a repetition rate of 63 MHz, corresponding to a pulse energy of 25 nJ. The emitted pulses are positively chirped with a pulse duration of 3.7 ps. They are compressible down to a near transform-limited duration of 750 fs. Numerical simulations are in good agreement with the experimental results. PMID:18542292

  13. Graphene-based passively mode-locked bidirectional fiber ring laser.

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    Mamidala, Venkatesh; Woodward, R I; Yang, Y; Liu, H H; Chow, K K

    2014-02-24

    We present an all-fiber bidirectional passively mode-locked soliton laser with a graphene-based saturable absorber for the first time to the best of our knowledge. Our design includes a four-port circulator to introduce different sections of cavity for the two counter-propagating pulses, so they have distinct output characteristics. Simultaneous bidirectional operation is achieved by appropriately adjusting the net cavity birefringence and loss. In the clockwise direction, the laser emits ~750 fs pulses at 1561.6 nm, with a repetition rate of 7.68 MHz. In the counter clockwise direction, the central wavelength, pulse width, and repetition rate are 1561.0 nm, ~850 fs, and 6.90 MHz, respectively. PMID:24663774

  14. Regimes of operation states in passively mode-locked fiber soliton ring laser

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    Gong, Y. D.; Shum, P.; Tang, D. Y.; Lu, C.; Guo, X.; Paulose, V.; Man, W. S.; Tam, H. Y.

    2004-06-01

    The principal of passively mode-locked fiber soliton ring lasers is summarized, including its three output operation states: normal soliton, bound-solitons and noise-like pulse. The experimental results of the passively mode-locked fiber soliton ring lasers developed by us are given. Bound-solitons with different discrete separations and three-bound-solitons state have been observed in our fiber laser for the first time. The relationship among three operation states in fiber soliton laser is analyzed.

  15. Numerical simulation of passively mode-locked fiber laser based on semiconductor optical amplifier

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    Yang, Jingwen; Jia, Dongfang; Zhang, Zhongyuan; Chen, Jiong; Liu, Tonghui; Wang, Zhaoying; Yang, Tianxin

    2013-03-01

    Passively mode-locked fiber laser (MLFL) has been widely used in many applications, such as optical communication system, industrial production, information processing, laser weapons and medical equipment. And many efforts have been done for obtaining lasers with small size, simple structure and shorter pulses. In recent years, nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) in semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) has been studied and applied as a mode-locking mechanism. This kind of passively MLFL has faster operating speed and makes it easier to realize all-optical integration. In this paper, we had a thorough analysis of NPR effect in SOA. And we explained the principle of mode-locking by SOA and set up a numerical model for this mode-locking process. Besides we conducted a Matlab simulation of the mode-locking mechanism. We also analyzed results under different working conditions and several features of this mode-locking process are presented. Our simulation shows that: Firstly, initial pulse with the peak power exceeding certain threshold may be amplified and compressed, and stable mode-locking may be established. After about 25 round-trips, stable mode-locked pulse can be obtained which has peak power of 850mW and pulse-width of 780fs.Secondly, when the initial pulse-width is greater, narrowing process of pulse is sharper and it needs more round-trips to be stable. Lastly, the bias currents of SOA affect obviously the shape of mode-locked pulse and the mode-locked pulse with high peak power and narrow width can be obtained through adjusting reasonably the bias currents of SOA.

  16. Acousto-optic modulation of a fiber Bragg grating in suspended core fiber for mode-locked all-fiber lasers

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    Silva, Ricardo E.; Tiess, Tobias; Becker, Martin; Eschrich, Tina; Rothhardt, Manfred; Jäger, Matthias; Pohl, Alexandre A. P.; Bartelt, Hartmut

    2015-04-01

    The interaction of a fiber Bragg grating and longitudinal acoustic waves in a three-air-holes suspended core fiber is experimentally investigated and employed to mode-lock an ytterbium-doped fiber laser. An optimized design of an acousto-optic modulator based on two piezoelectric transducers and 1 cm grating length is also proposed. For an electrical signal strength of 10 V applied to the modulator, the results indicate output pulses with a width of less than 550 ps at a repetition rate of 10 MHz. The reduction of the grating length and the power consumed by the transducer, when compared to previous studies, points out to more efficient, compact and fast acousto-optic modulators for mode-locked all-fiber lasers.

  17. 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.

  18. Experimental study on the multisoliton pattern formation in an erbium-doped fiber laser passively mode-locked by graphene saturable absorber

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    Feng, Qi; Chen, Yu; Zhao, Chujun; Li, Ying; Wen, Jianguo; Zhang, Han

    2013-04-01

    We demonstrate an erbium-doped fiber laser passively mode-locked by few layers of graphene prepared by the mechanical exfoliation of the high oriented pyrolytic graphite through the Scotch-tape method. This all-fiber ring cavity delivered a pulse train with a repetition rate of 1.646 MHz and pulse duration of 1.656 ps. By continuously adjusting the laser cavity parameters, one can observe various soliton patterns, such as ordered-, chaotic-, bunched-, and harmonic-multisoliton state. This evidenced that a mode-locked fiber laser based on graphene saturable absorber indeed provided a well-controlled nonlinear optics platform for soliton dynamics study.

  19. All-fiber mode-locked laser oscillator with pulse energy of 34 nJ using a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber.

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    Jeong, Hwanseong; Choi, Sun Young; Rotermund, Fabian; Cha, Yong-Ho; Jeong, Do-Young; Yeom, Dong-Il

    2014-09-22

    We demonstrate a dissipative soliton fiber laser with high pulse energy (>30 nJ) based on a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA). In-line SA that evanescently interacts with the high quality SWCNT/polymer composite film was fabricated under optimized conditions, increasing the damage threshold of the saturation fluence of the SA to 97 mJ/cm(2). An Er-doped mode-locked all-fiber laser operating at net normal intra-cavity dispersion was built including the fabricated in-line SA. The laser stably delivers linearly chirped pulses with a pulse duration of 12.7 ps, and exhibits a spectral bandwidth of 12.1 nm at the central wavelength of 1563 nm. Average power of the laser output is measured as 335 mW at an applied pump power of 1.27 W. The corresponding pulse energy is estimated to be 34 nJ at the fundamental repetition rate of 9.80 MHz; this is the highest value, to our knowledge, reported in all-fiber Er-doped mode-locked laser using an SWCNT-SA. PMID:25321735

  20. 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).

  1. 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, J. H.; Shin, W.

    2016-03-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a passively mode-locked thulium doped fiber laser using a bismuth telluride deposited multimode interference (MMI) fiber at a wavelength of 1958 nm. Our MMI based saturable absorber was fabricated by fusion splicing with single mode fiber and null core fiber. The center wavelength and insertion loss of MMI fiber were measured to be ~ 1958 nm and 3.4 dB. We observed a passively mode locked thulium doped fiber laser operating at a wavelength of 1958 nm. The temporal pulse width of output pulses is 4.2 ps with repetition rate of 22.7 MHz.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. A diode pumped passively mode-locked Nd:CaGdAlO4 laser

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    Rao, H.; Cong, Z. H.; Qin, Z. G.; Feng, C.; Wang, Q. P.; Liu, Z. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, S. S.; Liu, Y.; Men, S. J.; Xia, J. B.; Di, J. Q.; Xu, X. D.; Xu, J.

    2016-04-01

    A diode pumped passively mode-locked Nd:CaGdAlO4 (Nd:CGA) laser was demonstrated. By using a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror (SESAM) as the modulator, stable mode-locked pulses with a duration of 6.0 ps and a repetition rate of 88.3 MHz have been achieved at a central wavelength of 1078.6 nm. The maximum output power of 452 mW was obtained under a pump power of 10 W.

  5. Passive mode locking of thin-disk lasers: effects of spatial hole burning

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    Paschotta, R.; Aus der Au, J.; Spühler, G. J.; Erhard, S.; Giesen, A.; Keller, U.

    We recently demonstrated that passive mode locking of a thin-disk Yb:YAG laser is possible and that this concept leads to sources of femtosecond pulses with very high average power. Here we discuss in detail the effect of spatial hole burning on the mode-locking behavior of such lasers. We have developed an efficient numerical model and arrive at quantitative stability criteria which agree well with experimental data. The main result is that stable soliton mode locking can in general be obtained only in a certain range of pulse durations. We use our model to investigate the influence of various cavity parameters and the situation for different gain media. We also consider several methods to reduce the effect of spatial hole burning in order to expand the range of possible pulse durations.

  6. Passively mode-locked Yb3+:Sc2SiO5 thin-disk laser.

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    Wentsch, Katrin Sarah; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Jun; Ahmed, Marwan Abdou; Graf, Thomas

    2012-11-15

    Experimental investigations on a passively mode-locked Yb(3+):Sc(2)SiO(5) (Yb:SSO) thin-disk laser are presented. The mode-locking was performed with a commercially available semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The laser was operated at a repetition rate of 27 MHz and generated a maximum average output power of 27.8 W with a pulse duration of 298 fs. The spectrum was centered at 1036 nm. The beam was measured to be close to diffraction limited (M(2)<1.1). The promising results confirm the suitability of Yb:SSO for mode-locked thin-disk laser oscillators and indicate that this comparably new material deserves further attention by optimizing the crystal quality (growth and polishing) and doping levels for further power scaling. PMID:23164901

  7. Passively mode-locked picosecond erbium-doped fiber lasers using multiple quantum well saturable absorbers

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    Hayduk, Michael J.; Krol, Mark F.; Pollock, Clifford R.; Teegarden, Kenneth J.; Wicks, Gary W.; Kaechele, Walter

    1998-07-01

    An experimental study of the mode-locking process in erbium- doped fiber lasers (EDFLs) operating at 1.55 micrometer using multiple quantum well saturable absorbers is described. The self-starting passively mode-locked laser was constructed in a Fabry-Perot configuration using the saturable absorber as the back reflector of the cavity. Picosecond pulses that ranged from 3.1 to 38.8 ps were generated using a series of saturable absorbers. The pulse widths were dependent upon the optical properties of the saturable absorber used as the mode- locking element as well as the dispersive elements contained within the cavity. The output power of the EDFL varied from 0.2 to 6.7 mW and was also dependent upon the saturable absorber used in the cavity.

  8. Repetition rate switching in a passively mode-locked fibre laser

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    Tian, X. L.; Tang, M.; Gong, Y. D.; Shum, P.

    2006-09-01

    Here we demonstrated a dispersion stretched passively mode-locked fiber laser. The laser was mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) technical. Both dispersion managed soliton and noise-like pulses were observed in the experiment. Harmonic mode-locked noise-like pulses were observed. By changing the pump power or rotating the waveplates, noise-like pulse could split and always form equally spaced pulse train, thus the repetition rate of the output pulse could be switched among different orders of harmonic frequency. The experiment results were analyzed. We found that peak power clamping caused by NPR module led to pulse splitting, the pulse interaction through the Raman light drives the pulse to space equally.

  9. Stable similariton generation in hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped all-fiber ring laser for application in optical frequency standard

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    Sazonkin, Stanislav G.; Krylov, Alexander A.; Dvoretskiy, Dmitriy A.; Leonov, Stanislav O.; Lazarev, Vladimir A.; Pnev, Alexey B.; Karasik, Valeriy E.; Grebenyukov, Vyacheslav V.; Pozharov, Anatoly S.; Obraztsova, Elena D.

    2015-01-01

    Recently similariton (or self-similar pulse) fiber lasers have attracted great attention due to their capabilities of highenergy pulse generation that could find different applications in science and industry. Moreover it is very important to reach stable pulse generation for the application as a frequency divider in optical frequency standard. Hybrid modelocking mechanism was used for obtaining stable similariton generation at 38 MHz pulse repetition frequency. It involves two types of mode-locking mechanisms in the cavity - saturation of carbon nanostructures absorber (recovery time Trt ~ 500 fs) and nonlinear polarization evolution based on the nonlinear Kerr-effect (Trt ~ 10 fs). It was shown that total intracavity dispersion should be slightly positive for generating stable similaritons with duration of less than 90 fs and spectral bandwidth of more than 50 nm at 11.2 mW output average power that could be further applied in an all-fiber MOPA setup.

  10. 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. PMID:27411151

  11. 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 sp(2)-orbital C-C bonds with a linear absorbance of 0.172 and nonlinear absorbance of 0.04 at a 181 MW/cm(2) 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

  12. 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. PMID:26479821

  13. Passively mode-locked 1 GHz MOPA system generating sub-500-fs pulses after external compression

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    Ulm, Thorsten; Harth, Florian; Klehr, Andreas; Erbert, Götz; L'huillier, Johannes

    2012-06-01

    We compared the performance of DQW and TQW edge-emitters in a passively mode-locked 1GHz MOPA system at 1075 nm wavelength. Passive mode-locking is induced by applying a reverse DC voltage to the absorber section. The average power is increased up to 0.9Wby a single-stripe pre-amplifier and a tapered amplifier. After compensation of the quadratic chirp in a grating compressor we achieved a pulse duration of 342 fs. We found that the oscillator gain current and the absorber bias voltage have significant impact on the pulse duration. Both parameters were used to optimize the MOPA system with respect to the shortest pulse length after compression.

  14. 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.

  15. Passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber lasers using multiple quantum well saturable absorbers

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    Hayduk, Michael Joseph

    1997-09-01

    An experimental study of the mode-locking process in erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFL's) operating at 1.55 μm using multiple quantum well saturable absorbers is presented. The self-starting passively mode-locked laser was constructed in a Fabry-Perot configuration using the saturable absorber as the back reflector of the cavity. Picosecond pulses that ranged from 14.2 to 38.8 ps were generated using a series of saturable absorbers. The pulse widths were dependent upon the optical properties of the saturable absorber used as the mode-locking element. The output power of the EDFL varied from 0.2 to 6.7 mW and was also dependent upon the saturable absorber used in the cavity. Soliton mode-locking using saturable absorbers was the mechanism responsible for the generation of the picosecond pulses by the EDFL. The long-lived carrier lifetime in the quantum wells was the primary optical property of the saturable absorber that determined the final pulse width. The carrier lifetimes of the eight individual saturable absorbers were investigated using time-resolved pump/probe experimental techniques. The lifetimes ranged from 40 to 1757 ps. The soliton mode- locking process allowed pulse widths of up to 45 times shorter than these carrier lifetimes to be produced. A self-starting passively mode-locked solid-state Cr4+:YAG laser was also developed using a novel saturable absorber mirror structure. The laser produced femtosecond pulses that were tunable from 1.488 to 1.535 μm. The average output power of the laser ranged from 40 to 80 mW at a repetition rate of 95 MHz. A minimum pulse width of 120 fs was generated at 1.488 μm. The high peak power of these pulses combined with its tunability in the 1.5 μm region made this laser an ideal spectroscopic source for use in the time-resolved pump/probe experiments.

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

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    Bitauld, David; Osborne, Simon; O'Brien, Stephen

    2011-07-18

    We report on the characterization of the timing stability of passively mode-locked discrete mode diode laser sources. These are edge-emitting devices with a spatially varying refractive index profile for spectral filtering. Two devices with a mode-locking frequency of 100 GHz are characterized. The first device is designed to support a comb of six modes and generates near Fourier limited 1.9 ps pulses. The second supports four primary modes resulting in a sinusoidal modulation of the optical intensity. Using a cross-correlation technique, we measured a 20 fs pulse to pulse timing jitter for the first device, while, for the second device, a mode-beating (RF) linewidth of 1 MHz was measured using heterodyne mixing in a semiconductor optical amplifier. Comparison of these results with those obtained for an equivalent Fabry-Perot laser indicates that the spectral filtering mechanism employed does not adversely affect the timing properties of these passively mode-locked devices. PMID:21934760

  17. High-power diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:YAG lasers.

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    Aus der Au, J; Schaer, S F; Paschotta, R; Hönninger, C; Keller, U; Moser, M

    1999-09-15

    We obtained 74-kW peak power and 3.5-W average output power in 1-ps pulses from a diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser at 1030 nm that was passively mode locked with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror. Another laser produced 57-kW peak power and as much as 8.1-W average output power in 2.2-ps pulses, split into two nearly diffraction-limited beams (M(2)<1.2) . To our knowledge, these are by far the highest reported peak and average output powers from a diode-pumped mode-locked laser in this pulse-duration regime. PMID:18079780

  18. Frequency doubling of a passively mode-locked monolithic distributed Bragg reflector diode laser.

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    Jedrzejczyk, D; Prziwarka, T; Klehr, A; Brox, O; Wenzel, H; Paschke, K; Erbert, G

    2014-05-20

    In this work, frequency doubling of a passively mode-locked 3.5 mm long monolithic distributed Bragg reflector diode laser is investigated experimentally. At 1064 nm, optical pulses with a duration of 12.4 ps are generated at a repetition rate of 13 GHz and a peak power of 825 mW, resulting in an average power of 133 mW. Second-harmonic generation is carried out in a periodically poled MgO-doped LiNbO₃ ridge waveguide at a normalized nonlinear conversion efficiency of 930%/W. A maximum average second-harmonic power of 40.9 mW, corresponding to a pulse energy of 3.15 pJ, is reached in the experiment at an opto-optical conversion efficiency of 30.8%. The normalized nonlinear conversion efficiency in mode-locked operation is more than 2 times larger compared to continuous-wave operation. PMID:24922212

  19. Gas laser mode-locking using an external acoustooptic modulator with a potential application to passive ring gyroscopes

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    Dunn, R.W.; Hendow, S.T.; Small, J.G.; Stijns, E.

    1982-11-15

    In this Letter, we show that the fundamental pulsation frequency of the mode-locked laser can be multiplied by an integer number by simply changing the length of a secondary cavity formed by the AOM and an external mirror. Furthermore, we show that a mode-locked laser may be used to enhance the SNR in passive ring gyroscopes by matching multiple modes of the laser to those of the passive cavity.

  20. Five simultaneously Q-switch mode-locked passive laser modulators

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    Chen, Junewen

    2007-02-01

    Five types of passive Q-switched as well as simultaneously Q-switch mode-locked modulators: plastic dye sheets ( Kodak 9850 cellulose acetate dye sheets), lithium fluoride crystals containing F II - color centers ( LiF: F II -), chromium doped yttrium aluminum garnet crystals ( Cr 4+:YAG), ionic color filter glass ( Schott RG1000 color filter glass) and the single crystal semiconductor wafers ( GaAs, Fe doped InP, Zn doped InP, S doped InP, etc.) used for the modulation of the Nd:hosted(Nd:YAG, Nd:YVO 4, and Nd:LSB) lasers have been investigated in detail in our researches. We have also investigated into the applications of the Q-switch mode-locked pulses train for the development of higher resolution solid state laser range finder. We will also present the high accuracy laser ranging results, the micro-motor that driven mechanical parts from the stepping digital ranging readout, to precisely control the best focus of a miniature zoom lens modular. The core simultaneously Q-switch mode-locked modulators microchip laser is the key part of our automatic optical inspection system.

  1. 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

  2. Reciprocal passive mode locking of a rhodamine 6G dye laser and the Ar+ pump laser

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    Yasa, Zafer A.; Amer, Nabil M.

    1981-02-01

    We report that a rhodamine 6G dye laser, internally pumped within the extended cavity of an Ar+-ion laser, is mode locked when its cavity length is matched to half that of the pump laser: the 5145-Å argon laser line is passively mode locked by the combination of the saturable absorption and the lasing action of the dye, which is in turn synchronously pumped and mode locked. Tunable (5650–5950-Å) ~10 psec pulses are generated, and the average output power is ~80 mW.

  3. Reciprocal passive mode locking of a rhodamine 6G dye laser and the Ar/sup +/ pump laser

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    Yasa, Z.A.; Amer, N.M.

    1981-02-01

    A rhodamine 6G dye laser, internally pumped within the extended cavity of an Ar/sup +/-ion laser, is mode locked when its cavity length is matched to half that of the pump laser: the 5145-A argon laser line is passively mode locked by the combination of the saturable absorption and the lasing action of the dye, which is in turn synchronously pumped and mode locked. Tunable (5650-5950-A)approx.10 psec pulses are generated, and the average output power is approx.80 mW.

  4. Self-stabilized and dispersion-compensated passively mode-locked Yb:Yttrium aluminum garnet laser

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    Agnesi, A.; Guandalini, A.; Reali, G.

    2005-04-01

    Self-stabilized passive mode-locking of a diode-pumped Yb:yttrium aluminum garnet laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber was achieved using an off-phase-matching second-harmonic crystal. According to the numerical model, such a condition is accomplished by self-defocusing in the nonlinear crystal in the presence of positive intracavity dispersion. Robust mode locking with Fourier-limited 1.0-ps pulses was obtained, whereas mode locking, unassisted by the nonlinear crystal, yielded 2.2-ps pulses, with the laser operating near the edge of the stability region in order to minimize the saturation energy of the semiconductor device.

  5. 1.21 W passively mode-locked Tm:LuAG laser.

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    Feng, T; Yang, K; Zhao, J; Zhao, S; Qiao, W; Li, T; Dekorsy, T; He, J; Zheng, L; Wang, Q; Xu, X; Su, L; Xu, J

    2015-05-01

    A watt-level output passively mode-locked Tm:LuAG bulk laser with an InGaAs semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) is demonstrated for the first time. A maximum average output power of 1.21 W at 2022.9 nm has been achieved with a pulse duration of 38 ps and a repetition rate of 129.2 MHz. The results indicate the potential of Tm:LuAG crystals as candidate for realizing high power ultrafast lasers at 2 μm. PMID:25969273

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    2009-10-31

    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 {tau}{sub p} {approx} 1.1 ps. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  8. Passive mode locking of an energy transfer continuous-wave dye laser

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

    1986-08-01

    The first passive mode locking of a continuous-wave energy transfer dye laser is reported. Using an argon ion laser-pumped mixture of rhodamine 6G and sulphur rhodamine 101 as the active medium, pulses of less than 500 fs duration have been generated over the spectral range 652-694 nm using two different saturable absorbers in a simple linear cavity without dispersion optimization. Pulses as short as 120 fs have been measured using standard second-harmonic generation autocorrelation techniques.

  9. Efficient continuous wave and passively mode-locked Tm-doped crystalline silicate laser.

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    Yang, K J; Bromberger, H; Heinecke, D; Kölbl, C; Schäfer, H; Dekorsy, T; Zhao, S Z; Zheng, L H; Xu, J; Zhao, G J

    2012-08-13

    An efficient continuous wave and passively mode-locked thulium-doped oxyorthosilicate Tm:LuYSiO5 laser is demonstrated. A maximum slope efficiency of 56.3% is obtained at 2057.4 nm in continuous wave operation regime. With an InGaAs quantum well SESAM, self-starting passively mode-locked Tm:LuYSiO5 laser is realized in the 1929 nm to 2065 nm spectral region. A maximum average output power of 130.2 mW with a pulse duration of 33.1 ps and a repetition rate of about 100 MHz is generated at 1984.1 nm. Pulses as short as 24.2 ps with an average output power of 100 mW are obtained with silicon prisms where used to manage the intracavity dispersion. The shortest pulse duration of about 19.6 ps is obtained with an average output power of 64.5 mW at 1944.3 nm. PMID:23038503

  10. 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.

  11. Influence of pumping schemes on the characteristics of self-similar pulses in a passively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Huo, Jiayu; Xu, Tiantian; Guo, Yubin; Wang, Ke; Gao, Bo

    2016-05-01

    Self-similar pulses are one of the domestic and international research hotspots in the field of nonlinear fiber optics because it can suppress optical wave breaking at high energies. The influence of pumping schemes on the characteristics of self-similar pulses in a passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser is theoretically investigated. The temporal profile and optical spectrum of self-similar pulses in passively mode-locked fiber lasers of different pumping schemes are obtained in the simulation. This study focuses on analyzing the influence of gain bandwidth of gain fiber on the pulse duration, peak power, and single-pulse energy of self-similar pulses.

  12. Pulse and noise properties of a two section passively mode-locked quantum dot laser under long delay feedback

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    Simos, Christos; Simos, Hercules; Mesaritakis, Charis; Kapsalis, Alexandros; Syvridis, Dimitris

    2014-02-01

    We present a numerical analysis that focuses on the temporal pulse properties of a monolithic two-section passively mode locked quantum dot laser subject to optical feedback from a very long external cavity. Pulse duration, shape and intensity noise are studied for the first time to our knowledge versus feedback delay and strength for the case of a passively mode locked semiconductor laser. These temporal characteristics are correlated to the previously observed dependence of repetition rate and timing jitter on cavity parameters in order to highlight the dynamics and complete the corresponding theoretical explanations.

  13. 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. PMID:27136809

  14. Passively mode-locked Yb:CaF2 thin-disk laser.

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    Dannecker, Benjamin; Délen, Xavier; Wentsch, Katrin S; Weichelt, Birgit; Hönninger, Clemens; Voss, Andreas; Ahmed, Marwan Abdou; Graf, Thomas

    2014-09-22

    We report on the first demonstration of a passively (SESAM) mode-locked Yb:CaF(2) thin-disk laser operating at a repetition rate of 35 MHz with close to diffraction-limited beam quality (M(2) ≈ 1.1) at an average output power of up to 6.6 W. The optical efficiency was 15.3%. Nearly transform limited pulses with a duration of 445 fs and a spectral width of 2.6 nm at full width half maximum (FWHM) were obtained at the maximum output power. This corresponds to a pulse-energy of approximately 0.19 μJ and a peak-power of 0.4 MW. PMID:25321699

  15. Passively mode-locked fiber laser by a cell-type WS2 nanosheets saturable absorber

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    Yan, Peiguang; Liu, Aijiang; Chen, Yushan; Wang, JinZhang; Ruan, Shuangchen; Chen, Hao; Ding, Jinfei

    2015-01-01

    A cell-type saturable absorber has been demonstrated by filling the single mode photonic crystal fiber (SMPCF) with tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanosheets. The modulation depth, saturable intensity, and non-saturable loss of this SA are measured to be 3.53%, 159 MW/cm2 and 23.2%, respectively. Based on this SA, a passively mode-locked EDF laser has been achieved with pulse duration of 808 fs and repetition rate of 19.57 MHz, and signal-noise-ratio (SNR) of 60.5 dB. Our results demonstrate that the cell-type WS2 nanosheets SA can serve as a good candidate for short-pulse mode locker. PMID:26213180

  16. Interaction and motion of solitons in passively-mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Liu, Xueming

    2011-11-15

    Interaction and motion of multiple solitons in passively-mode-locked (PML) fiber lasers are investigated numerically. Three types of relative motions of two solitons are found in PML fiber lasers. The numerical results show that the relative motion of solitons attributes to the phase shift, which corresponds to the instantaneous frequency at pulse peak to be nonzero. Different from the classical dynamics of billiard balls, the interaction of solitons is similar to the Feynman diagram which is a pictorial way to represent the interaction of particles. After solitons interact with one another, their shapes do not change, but their phases shift and relative motions change. The theoretical results demonstrate that the separation of neighboring solitons in the laser cavity is about several hundred picoseconds to several nanoseconds. The theoretical predictions are in good agreement with the experimental results.

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

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

    2014-07-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Self-starting passively mode-locked tunable femtosecond Cr 4+:YAG laser using a saturable absorber mirror

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    Hayduk, M. J.; Johns, S. T.; Krol, M. F.; Pollock, C. R.; Leavitt, R. P.

    1997-02-01

    We have demonstrated self-starting, passive mode-locking of a Cr 4+:YAG laser using a saturable absorber mirror structure. Highly stable femtosecond pulses tunable from 1488 to 1535 nm were generated with average output powers ranging from 40 to 80 mW. Nearly transform limited pulses of 120 fs duration were obtained at 1488 nm.

  20. All solid-state cw passively mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser using a colored glass filter

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    Sarukura, N.; Ishida, Y.; Yanagawa, T.; Nakano, H. )

    1990-07-16

    All solid-state cw passive mode locking of a Ti:sapphire laser is accomplished using a colored glass filter, instead of an organic dye, as a saturable absorber. The tuning range is remarkably wide (785--855 nm), and 2.7 ps pulses are obtained directly from the cavity.

  1. High-power femtosecond pulse generation in a passively mode-locked Nd:SrLaAlO4 laser

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    Liu, Shan-De; Dong, Lu-Lu; Zheng, Li-He; Berkowski, Marek; Su, Liang-Bi; Ren, Ting-Qi; Peng, Yan-Dong; Hou, Jia; Zhang, Bai-Tao; He, Jing-Liang

    2016-07-01

    A high optical quality Nd:SrLaAlO4 (Nd:SLA) crystal was grown using the Czochralski method and showed broad fluorescence spectrum with a full width at half maximum value of 34 nm, which is beneficial for generating femtosecond laser pulses. A stable diode-pumped passively mode-locked femtosecond Nd:SLA laser with 458 fs pulse duration was achieved for the first time at a central wavelength of 1077.9 nm. The average output power of the continuous-wave mode-locked laser was 520 mW and the repetition rate was 78.5 MHz.

  2. Coherence collapse in monolithic quantum-dash-based passive mode-locked lasers

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    Merghem, K.; Rosales, R.; Azouigui, S.; Martinez, A.; Van Dijk, F.; Aubin, G.; Ramdane, A.

    2010-04-01

    Monolithic semiconductor mode-locked lasers (MLLs) are rising considerable interest for such diverse applications as very high speed optical time division multiplexing sources (40-160 GHz), all-optical signal processing, and low noise sampling for signal monitoring of optical networks. In a large number of these applications, MLLs may be subjected to optical feedback generated by unwanted reflections in optical systems which may greatly degrade laser performance. A number of experimental studies have been performed to evaluate the sensitivity of MLLs to optical feedback showing an increase of phase noise [1-5]. Quantum-dash (Qdash) based Fabry Perot lasers have been shown to exhibit an improved tolerance to feedback [6]. In this work, optical feedback tolerance is investigated for a monolithic quantum-dash-based passive mode-locked laser emitting at 1.58 μm. The two-section device generates ~5 ps pulses at a repetition rate of 17 GHz. The onset of the coherence collapse (CC) regime is experimentally determined by measuring the broadening of the longitudinal modes in the optical spectrum. Depending on bias condition, the CC regime is reached for values of feedback ranging from -35 dB to -29 dB at which emitted pulses were slighly broadened. The radio-frequency (RF) linewidth was simultaneously assessed and a drastic reduction of the RF linewidth with increasing feedback strength is evidenced. This indicates a reduction of the phase noise, thus implying a low "high frequency" timing jitter. We in particular observed an RF linewidth narrowing down to a value of less than 1 kHz under optical feedback.

  3. 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. PMID:20389592

  4. Diode-end-pumped passively mode-locked high-power Nd:YVO4 laser with a relaxed saturable Bragg reflector.

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    Chen, Y F; Tsai, S W; Lan, Y P; Wang, S C; Huang, K F

    2001-02-15

    We demonstrate a high-power passively mode-locked Nd:YVO (4) laser that uses a saturable Bragg reflector (SBR) with strain relaxation. 23.5 W of average power with ~21.5-ps cw mode-locked pulse trains was generated at a 50-W pump power. Experimental results show that appropriate strain relaxation in the SBR makes the mode-locking operation less sensitive to temperature variation. PMID:18033546

  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. PMID:24663948

  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. PMID:27409197

  7. Single-walled carbon nanotube passively mode-locked O-band Raman fiber laser

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    Steinberg, D.; Saito, L. A. M.; Rosa, H. G.; Thoroh de Souza, E. A.

    2016-05-01

    We present a detailed analysis of a nanosecond-pulse single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) passively mode-locked O-band Raman fiber lasers. As gain medium, single mode fiber (SMF) and highly nonlinear Raman gain were used at three different experimental setups. By incorporating 1.0 nm mean diameter SWCNT as saturable absorbers (SA) at 2.3 km SMF long-length gain medium setup, soliton-like spectrum followed by nanosecond high chirped pulse was observed at cavity fundamental repetition rate. In order to shorter the chirped pulse, intracavity anomalous dispersion was introduced with normal dispersion shift fiber (DSF) lengths and pulse duration decreased from 4.20 to 2.30 ns. By using highly nonlinear Raman gain medium in the O-band Raman laser configuration, the laser generated clean and well-defined nanosecond high chirped pulses, achieving pulse duration as short as 2.30 ns with 230 m gain medium length. Also, we could estimate the picosecond pulse duration region as a function of gain medium length of this laser and compared with SMF pulse shortening curve. As results, the lasers presented similar tendencies, indicating a strong influence of nonlinearities and dispersion in the pulse duration shortening.

  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

    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

  9. Fully-integrated dual-wavelength all-fiber source for mode-locked square-shaped mid-IR pulse generation via DFG in PPLN.

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    Krzempek, Karol; Sobon, Grzegorz; Sotor, Jaroslaw; Abramski, Krzysztof M

    2015-12-14

    First demonstration of a dissipative soliton resonance (DSR), double-clad (DC) active fiber, mode-locked figure-8 laser (F8L) enabling simultaneous amplification of 1064 nm seed signal is presented. Appropriate design supported peak power clamping (PPC) effect in the laser resonator and enabled easy tuning of the generated, square-shaped pulses from 20 ns to 170 ns. By incorporating a circulator-based isolating element in the directional loop of the laser, record pulse energy of 2.13 μJ was achieved, directly at the output of the resonator. The usability of the unique dual-wavelength design was experimentally put to a test in a difference frequency generation (DFG) setup using periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal. PMID:26698999

  10. 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.

  11. Passive mode locking of a diode-pumped hybrid neodymium:glass and neodymium:yttrium orthovanadate lasers

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    Tachatraiphop, Sukanya

    In this thesis, I present the first experimental results of the passive mode locking of diode pumped hybrid Nd:glass and Nd:YVO4 lasers with weakly and strongly inhomogeneously broadened laser media: Nd:phosphate glass or Nd:silicate glass, respectively. The spectral and temporal characteristics of the mode-locked hybrid lasers are studied in term of the pump ratio and the gain peak separation of the two hybrid laser media. The mode-locked hybrid laser performance and behavior can be explained by using unsaturated and saturated gain profile in the free running state. The gain profile of the hybrid laser is controlled by the Nd:YVO4 gain via gain combination and cross saturated gain. To verify the accuracy of the numerical results, the cw hybrid laser experiment is conducted. Both simulation and experimental results show that, in both free running state and mode locking state, the spectral component of a hybrid laser is controlled by the Nd:YVO4 gain. With a proper pump of Nd:YVO4, the saturated gain profile of the hybrid laser is wider than that of Nd:glass laser. Un-smooth and narrower gain profile results by an excessive pump at Nd:YVO4. The gain narrowing effect is magnified when gain peaks of hybrid laser are overlap. Un-smooth and narrow gain profile increase mode locking instability and produce longer pulses. In the picosecond regime, the pulse duration is limited by recovery time of the saturable absorber. In the picosecond regime, the hybrid Nd:phosphate glass and Nd:YVO4 laser can mode lock at either 1054 nm or 1064 nm. Because of the soliton mechanism, the pulses can be generated in the femtosecond regime. With a strong soliton force, the wider and flatter gain profile of the hybrid laser can be utilized. The improvement of the hybrid laser performance is enhanced with a smaller negative GVD and strong pump power of Nd:glass media. In the femtosecond regime, the hybrid Nd:silicate glass and Nd:YVO 4 laser generates a shorter pulse duration and better

  12. 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. PMID:26831994

  13. Fifty-ps Raman fiber laser with hybrid active-passive mode locking.

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    Kuznetsov, A G; Kharenko, D S; Podivilov, E V; Babin, S A

    2016-07-25

    Actively mode locked Raman lasing in a ring PM-fiber cavity pumped by a linearly polarized Yb-doped fiber laser is studied. At co-propagating pumping, a stochastic pulse with duration defined by the AOM switching time (~15 ns) is generated with the round-trip period. At counter-propagating pumping, one or several sub-ns pulses (within the AOM switching envelope) are formed. It has been found that the formation of such stable multi-pulse structure is defined by the single-pulse energy limit (~20 nJ) set by the second-order Raman generation. Adding a NPE-based saturable absorber in the actively mode locked cavity, results in sufficient shortening of the generated pulses both in single- and multi-pulse regimes (down to 50 ps). A model is developed adequately describing the regimes. PMID:27464081

  14. All-solid-state passively Q -switched mode-locked Nd-doped fiber laser

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    Zenteno, L.A.; Po, H.; Cho, N.M. )

    1990-01-15

    We report the generation of {ital Q}-switched mode-locked pulses from a Nd-doped fiber laser that uses a solid-state solution of BDN-I dye as the saturable absorber and is pumped by a GaAlAs laser diode. For an absorbed pump power of 110 m W, pulses of 8-nsec duration at a repetition rate of 14 MHz can be generated under an 800-nsec-wide {ital Q}-switched envelope at a repetition rate of 100 kHz, yielding an average output power of 8 m W near 1.06 {mu}m. This corresponds to approximately 9 W of peak power in the main mode-locked pulse.

  15. Long cavity and low repetition rate passively mode-locked fiber laser with high-energy right angle trapezoid shaped soliton in anomalous dispersion regime

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    Luo, Wenfeng; Lv, Shuyuan; Zhao, Xiaoxia; Qiao, Dun

    2015-05-01

    A long cavity passively mode locked fiber laser in the anomalous dispersion regime is reported. Nonlinear polarization rotation technique is employed to achieve the mode locking in our experiments. The output pulse from the fiber laser has the Gaussian profile spectrum and right angle trapezoid shape. Stable mode locking is achieved without using any dispersion-compensation components. The single pulse with an energy of 652 nJ and a repetition rate of 836 kHz at the pump power of approximately 500 mW is obtained and the duration of the output pulse increases linearly with the pump power. Different from the conventional low-energy soliton pulse, experimental results demonstrate that the passively mode locked fiber laser operating in the anomalous regime can also realize high energy pulse.

  16. Compact passively mode-locked fiber laser at 1.55 μm with low timing jitter of 8 fs

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    Wu, Kan; Shum, Perry Ping

    2013-05-01

    Mode-locked fiber lasers with low timing jitter and high repetition rate is desired for various applications including photonics analog-to-digital conversion, microwave synthesis and high-precision clock distribution. We demonstrate a compact all fiber laser mode locked by semiconductor saturable absorber mirror with linear cavity. The laser is operating near 1.55 μm. It has a repetition rate of 250 MHz and the root-mean-square timing jitter is 8 fs integrated from 100 Hz to 1 MHz measured at the third harmonic frequency of 750 MHz.

  17. 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...

  18. 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)

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

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    Tang, D. Y.; Zhao, L. M.; Zhao, B.

    2005-04-01

    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.

  20. 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

    2005-04-01

    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. PMID:19495118

  1. First demonstration of passively mode-locked Yb:CaF2 thin-disk laser

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    Dannecker, Benjamin; Délen, Xavier; Wentsch, Katrin S.; Weichelt, Birgit; Hönninger, Clemens; Voss, Andreas; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Graf, Thomas

    2015-02-01

    The need for ultra-short (sub-ps) pulsed laser systems with high power and high energy has advanced the mode-locked Ytterbium-doped thin-disk technology in the last decade. Therefore several research groups have made efforts to explore new laser crystals e.g. Yb:SSO, Yb:CAlGO or Yb:Lu2O3 for the generation of sub-500 fs pulses in thin-disk oscillators. Another promising and known candidate for ultra-short pulsed lasers is Yb:CaF2, which has been so far only used in bulk laser architecture. In this work, we present the first demonstration of a mode-locked Yb:CaF2 laser in thin-disk configuration. The resonator cavity was designed for eight passes through the disk per roundtrip at a repetition rate of 35 MHz. A saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) was used to obtain the soliton mode-locking. We achieved close-to transform-limited pulses with a pulse duration of less than 445 fs and an emission spectral width of 2.6 nm at FWHM (i.e. time-bandwidth product of 0.323). At the average output power of 6.6 W this corresponds to a peak-power of 430 kW and pulse energy of 190 nJ. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average output power and pulse energy using Yb:CaF2 as gain material reported to date. Taking into account the dispersion, self-phase modulation, pulse energy, output coupling ratio and laser gain, the pulse-duration estimated from the soliton-equation and our numerical calculations of pulse-propagation is in good agreement with the pulse-duration obtained in the experiment. Higher powers and shorter pulse-durations with this material are the subject of our future investigations.

  2. Experimental and theoretical studies of complex pulse evolutions in a passively mode-locked ring dye laser

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    Avramopoulos, H.; French, P.M.W.; Williams, J.A.R.; New, G.H.C.; Taylor, J.R. )

    1988-09-01

    The optimization of any femtosecond laser requires the various sources of frequency chirp to be taken into account. In particular, for a passively mode-locked CPM ring dye laser, the effects of group velocity dispersion and self-phase modulation arising from time-dependent absorption saturation and the optical Kerr effect must be considered. In this paper a detailed experimental and theoretical study has been made of the role of these parameters in a Rhodamine 110 CPM dye laser. Periodic pulse evolutions are observed, when both positive and negative frequency chirp are present, which are reminiscent of those governed by the nonlinear Schrodinger equation but which are, in fact, distinctly different. Similar results have been obtained with the standard Rhodamine 6G system and it is believed that the theoretical model is generally applicable to any passively mode-locked femtosecond dye laser. An important consequence of this work is that is permits the absolute value of the net group velocity dispersion in the laser cavity to be estimated.

  3. Theoretical and experimental investigation of the nonlinear dynamical trends of passively mode-locked quantum dot lasers

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    Raghunathan, Ravi

    In recent years, passively mode-locked quantum dot lasers have shown great promise as compact, efficient and reliable pulsed sources of light for a range of precision and high performance applications, such as high bit-rate optical communications, diverse waveform generation, metrology, and clock distribution in high-performance computing (HPC) processors. For such applications, stable optical pulses with short picosecond pulse durations and multi-gigahertz repetition rates are required. In addition, a low pulse-to-pulse timing jitter is also necessary to prevent errors arising from the ambiguity between neighboring pulses. In order to optimize pulse quality in terms of optical characteristics such as pulse shape and pulse train behavior, as well as RF characteristics such as phase noise and timing jitter, understanding the nonlinear output dynamics of such devices is of critical importance, not only to get a sense of the regimes of operation where device output might be stable or unstable, but also to gain insight into the parameters that influence the output characteristics the most, and how they can be accessed and exploited to optimize design and performance for next generation applications. In this dissertation, theoretical and experimental studies have been combined to investigate the dynamical trends of two-section passively mode-locked quantum dot lasers. On the theoretical side, a novel numerical modeling scheme is presented as a powerful and versatile framework to study the nonlinear dynamics specific to a device, with device-specific parameters extracted over a range of operating conditions. The practical utility of this scheme is then demonstrated, first, in an analytical capability to interpret and explain dynamical trends observed in experiment, and subsequently, as a predictive tool to guide experiment to operate in a desired dynamical regime. Modeling results are compared to experimental findings where possible. Finally, optical feedback from an

  4. Passive mode locking of a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser with pulsed synchronous pumping by a finite train of picosecond pulses

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    Borisevich, N A; Buganov, O V; Tikhomirov, S A; Tolstorozhev, G B; Shkred, G L

    1999-09-30

    An analysis is made, with the aid of the self-consistent nonlinear ABCD matrix method, of the specific features of the mechanism of passive mode locking of a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser under conditions of pulsed synchronous pumping. The conditions of stable laser operation are studied. It is proposed to use an additional aperture as an element of negative feedback for the stabilisation of passive mode locking. Practical recommendations concerning the optimisation of a femtosecond laser are given. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  5. 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. PMID:25968392

  6. Observation of multipulse bunches in a graphene oxide passively mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser with all-normal dispersion

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    Huang, Shisheng; Wang, Yonggang; Peiguang, Yan; Zhang, Gelin; Zhao, Junqing; Li, Huiquan; Lin, Rongyong; Cao, Guangzhong; Duan, Ji'an

    2014-09-01

    We give a systematic experimental study of multipulse bunches in a graphene oxide saturable absorber (GOSA) passively mode-locked all-normal dispersion ytterbium-doped fiber laser (YDFL). Some special phenomena such as harmonic multipulse bunches, harmonic mode-locking, and chaotic multipulse states are also obtained. Our experiment reveals that the inserted 2.5-nm narrow bandwidth filter plays an important role in the formation of multipulse in all-normal dispersion fiber lasers. Because of the effective gain bandwidth depends on both the 2.5-nm narrow bandwidth filter and the artificial fiber birefringence filter, the multipulse operation states are sensitive to the polarization. It is the first demonstration of multipulse evolution in a GOSA passively mode-locked all-normal dispersion YDFL.

  7. 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.

  8. Passively mode-locked Tm,Ho:YAG laser at 2 microm based on saturable absorption of intersubband transitions in quantum wells.

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    Yang, Kejian; Bromberger, Hubertus; Ruf, Hartmut; Schäfer, Hanjo; Neuhaus, Joerg; Dekorsy, Thomas; Grimm, Christiana Villas-Boas; Helm, Manfred; Biermann, Klaus; Künzel, Harald

    2010-03-29

    We report the first demonstration of a solid state laser passively mode-locked through the saturable absorption of short-wavelength intersubband transitions in doped quantum wells: a continuous wave Ti:sapphire laser end-pumped Tm,Ho:YAG laser at the center wavelength of 2.091 mum utilizing intersubband transitions in narrow In(0.53)Ga(0.47)As/Al(0.53)As(0.47)Sb quantum wells. Stable passive mode-locking operation with maximum average output power of up to 160 mW for 2.9 W of the absorbed pump power could last for hours without external interruption and a mode-locked pulse with duration of 60 ps at repetition rate of 106.5 MHz was generated. PMID:20389677

  9. High-pulse-energy passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser without spatial hole burning effect

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    Yang, Chao; Chen, Meng; Li, Gang

    2014-05-01

    We report on a high-pulse-energy 888 nm diode-pumped passively mode-locked TEM00 Nd:YVO4 oscillator without spatial hole burning (SHB) effect in active medium. At a pump power of 40 W, the oscillator produced pulse energy up to 270 nJ at a repetition rate of 50 MHz, corresponding to average power of 13.5W with 34% optical-to-optical efficiency. To the best of our knowledge, it is the highest pulse energy obtained at the same pump power. The pulse duration produced varied from 16 to 59 ps. By varying the pump power, we observed a pulse duration ranging from 52 to 59 ps while the time-bandwidth product remained 0.88, and the factors that affect the pulse duration were also discussed. Meanwhile, a novel method of adjusting output coupling (OC) was introduced, which can simplify the structure of laser.

  10. 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. PMID:24322220

  11. 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. PMID:27410348

  12. Experimental investigations on spectrum width of square-wave pulses in passively mode-locked figure-8 fiber laser

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

    2014-10-01

    We have proposed and demonstrated a nanosecond square-wave fiber laser working in the 1060nm band. The passively mode-locked fiber laser based on the nonlinear optical loop mirror has a peak power clamping effect which leads to the generation of nanosecond square-wave pulses. To investigate the spectrum width of the nanosecond square-wave pulse laser, we added couplers with different coupling ratio to the bidirectional ring of the figure-8 fiber laser and analyzed the laser output. The results show that a higher output coupling ratio leads to stronger peak power clamping effect, and the peak power of the square-wave pulse gets lower and the corresponding spectrum band width is narrower.

  13. A passively mode-locked intracavity frequency doubled Nd:YVO4 femtosecond green laser based on graphene

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    Shi, R. P.; Bai, Y.; Qi, M.; Chen, X. M.; Wei, H. D.; Ren, Z. Y.; Bai, J. T.

    2014-02-01

    By using an atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) method with a C2H2 carbon source, seven-layer graphene films as saturable absorbers are fabricated and transferred to an anti-reflective mirror of 1064 nm wavelength range. Based on this transmission-type graphene saturable absorber mirror (GSAM), a continuous wave (CW) passively mode-locked femtosecond green laser is achieved by 808 nm laser diode (LD) end-pumped Nd:YVO4 crystal and type-I critical phase-matched LBO crystal intracavity frequency doubling for the first time. Stable ultrashort green laser pulses as short as 374 fs are measured with a repetition rate of 71.4 MHz and an average output power of 117 mW at a central wavelength of 531.7 nm.

  14. Ultrafast in-situ probing of passively mode-locked VECSEL dynamics

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    Scheller, Maik; Baker, Caleb W.; Gbele, Kokou; Koch, Stephan W.; Jones, R. Jason; Moloney, Jerome V.

    2015-03-01

    While Vertical-External-Cavity-Surface-Emitting-Lasers (VECSELs) have been successfully used as ultrafast laser sources with pulse durations in the hundreds of femtosecond regime, the dynamics within the semiconductor gain structure are not yet completely understood. With the high carrier densities inside the semiconductor, nonequilibrium effects such as kinetic-hole burning are expected to play a major role in pulse formation dynamics. Moreover, the nonlinear phase change by the intense light field can induce a complex dispersion, which may potentially limit the achievable pulse durations. To shed light on such nonequilibrium dynamics, we perform in-situ characterization of mode-locked VECSELs. We probe the gain media as well as the intracavity absorber with a femtosecond fiber laser source. For measuring temporal characteristics, we employ an asynchronous optical sampling technique by phase-locking the repetition rate of the VECSEL to a multiple of the probe laser with an adjustable offset frequency. This allows for probing dynamics from femtosecond to nanosecond time scales with scan rates up to hundreds of Hertz without compromise of measurement precision which can be introduced by mechanical delays covering such large temporal windows. With a resolution in the femtosecond range, we characterize gain depletion by the intracavity pulse as well as the gain recovery timescales for different power levels and operation regimes.

  15. High efficiency passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser with direct in-band pumping at 914 nm.

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    Waritanant, Tanant; Major, Arkady

    2016-06-13

    We report on the performance of a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser with in-band pumping at 914 nm and with the highest slope efficiency to date among the mode-locked Nd-lasers. The laser produced 6.7 W of output power with repetition rate of 87 MHz and pulse duration of 16 ps. The slope efficiency of 77.1% and the optical-to-optical efficiency of 60.7% were achieved. PMID:27410304

  16. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS. GENERATION OF ULTRASHORT PULSES: Passive mode locking in a cw dye laser with a rapidly relaxing absorber

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    Krindach, D. P.; Kur'yanov, A. A.; Novoderezhkin, V. I.

    1990-12-01

    Theoretical and experimental investigations were made of the characteristics of passive mode locking in a cw dye laser with a rapidly relaxing absorber. It was found that such a "fast" absorber was prone to fluctuations. This altered the limits and widened the mode-locking range in the direction of higher energy densities of the pulses, compared with a "slow" absorber of the DODCI type. This made it possible to generate pulses shorter than 100 fs with an average power of 30-50 mW.

  17. Passively Q-switched and mode-locked dual-wavelength Nd:GGG laser with Cr4+:YAG as a saturable absorber

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    Chu, Hongwei; Zhao, Shengzhi; Li, Yufei; Yang, Kejian; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Zhao, Jia; Qiao, Wenchao; Li, Tao; Feng, Chuansheng; Zhang, Haijuan

    2014-03-01

    By using neodymium-doped gadolinium gallium garnet (Nd:GGG) as a laser medium, a simultaneously passively Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) dual-wavelength laser with Cr4+:YAG as a saturable absorber is presented. The laser simultaneously oscillated at 1061 nm and 1063 nm, corresponding to a frequency difference of 0.53 THz. QML pulses with nearly 100% modulation depth were observed. The mode-locked pulse duration underneath the Q-switched envelope was estimated to be about 908 ps. The experimental results indicated that the dual-wavelength QML Nd:GGG laser can be an excellent candidate for the generation of THz waves.

  18. Watt-level passively mode-locked Er(3+)-doped ZBLAN fiber laser at 2.8  μm.

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    Tang, Pinghua; Qin, Zhipeng; Liu, Jun; Zhao, Chujun; Xie, Guoqiang; Wen, Shuangchun; Qian, Liejia

    2015-11-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a stable, high-average-power, continuous-wave (CW) passively mode-locked Er(3+)-doped ZBLAN fiber laser at 2.8 μm based on a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. A stable mode-locked laser with a signal-to-noise ratio of 52 dB and a slope efficiency of 14% was obtained. The highest average output power in excess of 1 W was generated at the incident pump power of 8.2 W, with a pulse repetition rate of 22.56 MHz and pulse duration of 25 ps. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest average output power of a CW mode-locked ZBLAN fiber laser in the mid-infrared wavelength regime up to now. PMID:26512467

  19. 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.

  20. Passive mode-locking characteristics from the Nd:Gd0.19Y0.81VO4 laser at 1.34 μm

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    Qiao, Wenchao; Chu, Hongwei; Zhao, Shengzhi; Li, Guiqiu; Yang, Kejian; Li, Tao; Zhao, Jia

    2016-08-01

    We report a passively continuous-wave mode-locked (CWML) Nd:Gd0.19Y0.81VO4 laser oscillating at 1342.3 nm for the first time in this paper. Stable mode-locked pulse cluster with a pulse width of 7.2 ps and a pulse repetition frequency of 32.8 MHz has been realized with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The highest output power was 880 mW when the incident pump power was 7.1 W, corresponding to an optical conversion efficiency of 12.4%. The mode-locked pulse energy was about 26.83 nJ, while the peak power was 3.73 kW.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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. PMID:25836523

  4. 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

  5. Determination of topological parameters of a laser with passive mode-locking on the basis of InGaAlAs/InGaAs/InP heterostructures

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    Mikhailovskii, G. A.; Polukhin, I. S.; Rybalko, D. A.; Solov'ev, Yu. V.; Odnoblyudov, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    Topological parameters of a strip-geometry laser with passive mode-locking on the basis of an InGaAlAs/InGaAs/InP heterostructure are determined from the condition for the existence of one transverse mode in a strip waveguide. The strip width was 1.5 μm, the mesa etch depth was 1.32 μm, and the thickness of the dielectric layer was 0.36 μm.

  6. Single- and double-walled carbon nanotube based saturable absorbers for passive mode-locking of an erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Cheng, Kuang-Nan; Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2013-04-01

    The passive mode-locking of an erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) with a medium gain is demonstrated and compared by using three different types of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) doped in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films. Nano-scale clay is used to disperse the CNTs doped in the PVA polymer aqueous solution to serve as a fast saturable absorber to initiate passive mode-locking. The three types of CNT based saturable absorbers, namely single-walled (SW), double-walled (DW) and multi-walled (MW), are characterized by Raman scattering and optical absorption spectroscopy. The SW-CNTs with a diameter of 1.26 nm have two absorption peaks located around 1550 ± 70 and 860 ± 50 nm. In contrast, the DW-CNTs with a diameter of 1.33 nm reveal two absorption peaks located at 1580 ± 40 and 920 ± 50 nm. By using the SW-CNT based saturable absorber, the passively mode-locked EDFL exhibits a pulsewidth of 1.28 ps and a spectral linewidth of 1.99 nm. Due to the increased linear absorption of the DW-CNT based saturable absorber, the intra-cavity net gain of the EDFL is significantly attenuated to deliver an incompletely mode-locked pulsewidth of 6.8 ps and a spectral linewidth of 0.62 nm. No distinct pulse-train is produced by using the MW-CNT film as the saturable absorber, which is attributed to the significant insertion loss of the EDFL induced by the large linear absorption of the MW-CNT film.

  7. 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. PMID:26836690

  8. 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.

  9. 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. PMID:27137277

  10. Passively Q-switched mode locking in a compact Nd:GdVO4/Cr:YAG self-Raman laser

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    Peng, Jiying; Zheng, Yi; Zheng, Kai; Chang, Xiaowei

    2012-11-01

    Passively Q-switched mode locking in a compact Nd:GdVO4 self-Raman laser with a Cr:YAG saturable absorber was demonstrated. The picosecond first stokes at 1173 nm was successfully obtained. When the optical cavity length changed from 167 mm to 120 mm, the mode-locked pulse repetition rate increased from 0.9 GHz to 1.25 GHz. At the maximum diode pump power of 10 W and with a pulse repetition rate of 0.9 GHz, an average output power up to 105 mW has been achieved at 1173 nm. In addition, the yellow laser output at 586.5 nm was also realized by frequency doubling with an LBO crystal.

  11. 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.

  12. Free-standing nano-scale graphite saturable absorber for passively mode-locked erbium doped fiber ring laser Free-standing nano-scale graphite saturable absorber

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    Lin, Y.-H.; Lin, G.-R.

    2012-05-01

    The free-standing graphite nano-particle located between two FC/APC fiber connectors is employed as the saturable absorber to passively mode-lock the ring-type Erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL). The host-solvent-free graphite nano-particles with sizes of 300 - 500 nm induce a comparable modulation depth of 54%. The interlayer-spacing and lattice fluctuations of polished graphite nano-particles are observed from the weak 2D band of Raman spectrum and the azimuth angle shift of -0.32° of {002}-orientation dependent X-ray diffraction peak. The graphite nano-particles mode-locked EDFL generates a 1.67-ps pulsewidth at linearly dispersion-compensated regime with a repetition rate of 9.1 MHz. The time-bandwidth product of 0.325 obtained under a total intra-cavity group-delay-dispersion of -0.017 ps2 is nearly transform-limited. The extremely high stability of the nano-scale graphite saturable absorber during mode-locking is observed at an intra-cavity optical energy density of 7.54 mJ/cm2. This can be attributed to its relatively high damage threshold (one order of magnitude higher than the graphene) on handling the optical energy density inside the EDFL cavity. The graphite nano-particle with reduced size and sufficient coverage ratio can compete with other fast saturable absorbers such as carbon nanotube or graphene to passively mode-lock fiber lasers with decreased insertion loss and lasing threshold.

  13. 1.3-micron all-fiber passive optical rotation sensor

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    Youmans, Bruce R.; Goss, Willis C.; Bartman, Randy K.; Nerheim, Noble M.

    1986-01-01

    An all-fiber, 1.3-micron passive optical rotation sensor utilizing 4.2 km of single-mode fiber and synchronous detection has been constructed and tested in the laboratory. rms noise-equivalent rotation rates of 0.005 deg/hr have been measured. Drift and scale-factor variations resulted in a change in the indicated rotation rate of 0.4 deg/hr over a 1-hr time period.

  14. Wall paper single-walled carbon nanotubes absorber for passively mode-locked Nd: GdVO4 laser

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    Wang, Yong Gang; Chen, Hou Ren; Wen, Xiao Min; Hsieh, Wen Feng; Tang, Jau

    2012-04-01

    A novel and low-cost wall paper single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) absorber was fabricated by high viscosity of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aqueous solution and vertical evaporation technique. Sandwich structure wall paper SWCNT (SSWA-SWCNT) absorber was constructed by a piece of wall paper SWCNT absorber, a piece of round quartz and an output coupler mirror. We exploited it to realize mode locking operation in a diode-pumped Nd: GdVO4 laser. A pulse duration of 9.6 ps was produced with an average power of 870 mW. The stable mode locking operation was obtained when the average power is less than 300 mW.

  15. 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.

  16. 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. PMID:24515065

  17. 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. PMID:21499398

  18. Passive mode locking of an in-band-pumped Ho:YLiF4 laser at 2.06 μm.

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    Coluccelli, Nicola; Lagatsky, Alexander; Di Lieto, Alberto; Tonelli, Mauro; Galzerano, Gianluca; Sibbett, Wilson; Laporta, Paolo

    2011-08-15

    We demonstrate the passive mode-locking operation of an in-band-pumped Ho:YLiF(4) laser at 2.06 μm using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror based on InGaAsSb quantum wells. A transform-limited pulse train with minimum duration of 1.1 ps and average power of 0.58 W has been obtained at a repetition frequency of 122 MHz. A maximum output power of 1.7 W has been generated with a corresponding pulse duration of 1.9 ps. PMID:21847210

  19. High-efficiency 17 W, 80 MHz repetition rate, passively mode-locked TEM00 Nd:YAG oscillator pumped at 885 nm

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    Zhang, X.-F.; Li, F.-Q.; Zong, N.; Le, X.-Y.; Cui, D.-F.; Xu, Z.-Y.

    2011-03-01

    We report on a passively mode-locked TEM00 Nd:YAG oscillator with the beam quality at M 2 = 1.1 by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror under 885 nm laser diode direct pumping for the first time. A maximum average output power of 17 W at a repetition rate of 80 MHz with 39 ps pulse width was obtained under the absorbed pump power of 38 W, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 44% and the slope efficiency of 69%, respectively.

  20. Numerical analysis of a broadband spectrum generated in a standard fiber by noise-like pulses from a passively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Hernandez-Garcia, J. C.; Pottiez, O.; Estudillo-Ayala, J. M.; Rojas-Laguna, R.

    2012-04-01

    This paper covers a numerical analysis of supercontinuum spectrum generation in a piece of standard fiber by using as the pump noise-like pulses produced by a passively mode-locked fiber laser. An experimental study was also carried out, yielding results that support the numerical results. In the numerical study we estimated that the spectral extension of the generated supercontinuum reaches ~ 1000 nm, and that it presents a high flatness over a region of ~ 220 nm (1630 nm-1850 nm) when we use as the pump noise-like pulses with a wide optical bandwidth (~ 50 nm) and a peak power of ~ 2 kW. Experimentally, the output signal spectrum extends from ~ 1530 nm to at least 1750 nm and presents a high flatness over a region of 1640 nm to 1750 nm for the same value of numerical input power, 1750 nm being the upper limit of the optical spectrum analyzer. The numerical analysis presented here is thus an essential part to overcome the severe limitation in measuring capabilities and to understand the phenomena of supercontinuum generation, which is mainly related to Raman self-frequency shift. Finally, this work demonstrates the potential of noise-like pulses from a passively mode-locked fiber laser for broadband spectrum generation.

  1. 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.

  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. 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

  4. Applications of single-walled carbon nanotubes and type-II quantum dots in photovoltaics and passive mode-locking saturable absorbers

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    Tang, Jau; Wang, Yong-Gang; Cheng, Shin-Min; Yu, Pyng; Huang, Kuo-Yen; Yuan, Chi-Tsu

    2012-10-01

    Using single-molecule confocal imaging techniques combined with time-correlated single-photon counting we investigated the electron transfer (ET) rates to the single-walled carbon nanotubes from various types of semiconductor hetero-nanocrystals of type-I or type-II band alignment. We observed significantly larger ET rate for type-II ZnSe/CdS dot-in-rod nanostructures as compared to type-I spherical CdSe/ZnS core/shell quantum-dots, and to CdSe/CdS dot-in-rod structures. We demonstrated that such rapid ET dynamics can compete with both Auger and radiative recombination processes, leading to potentially more effective photovoltaic operation. In another work, we used aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes as saturable absorbers for ps laser pulse generation. Using the vertical evaporation technique we fabricated saturable absorbers by transferring the water-soluble single wall carbon nanotubes onto a hydrophilic quartz substrate. The fast recovery times of the absorber were measured to be 136 fs and 790 fs. The modulation depth of the absorber was about 1.5%. Passive mode-locked Nd: GdVO4 laser using such an absorber was demonstrated. The continuous wave mode-locked pulses with the pulse duration of 12.4 ps and the repetition of 120 MHz were achieved. The maximum average output power of the mode-locked laser is 2.4 W at the pump power of 13 W. Such a kind of absorbers has potential to be put into practical use.

  5. 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. PMID:27128043

  6. Passively mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk laser with pulse energies exceeding 13 microJ by use of an active multipass geometry.

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    Neuhaus, Joerg; Kleinbauer, Jochen; Killi, Alexander; Weiler, Sascha; Sutter, Dirk; Dekorsy, Thomas

    2008-04-01

    We demonstrate the generation of high-energy picosecond pulses directly from a thin-disk laser oscillator by employing a self-imaging active multipass geometry. Stable single-pulse operation has been obtained with an average output power in excess of 50 W, excluding a cw background of 8%, at a repetition rate of 3.8 MHz. Self-starting passive mode locking was accomplished using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The maximum pulse energy was 13.4 microJ at a pulse duration of 1.36 ps with a time-bandwidth product of 0.34. Single-pass external frequency doubling with a conversion efficiency of 60% yielded >28 W of average power at 515 nm. PMID:18382531

  7. 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.

  8. Passive synchronization between a self-similar pulse and a bound-soliton bunch in a two-color mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Hsiang, Wei-Wei; Chang, Chia-Hao; Cheng, Chien-Po; Lai, Yinchieh

    2009-07-01

    We report the first (to our knowledge) experimental observation of passive synchronization between a 1.03 microm self-similar pulse and a 1.56 microm bound-soliton bunch in a two-color mode-locked fiber laser. The self-similar pulse can form an effective potential well of several picoseconds to trap the copropagating bound solitons in the shared-fiber section. Such synchronization mechanism is supported by the experimental evidence of smaller time separation between the bound solitons under synchronization. In addition, the self-similar pulse and bound solitons can still remain locked under the periodic collision of another 1.56 microm unlocked pulse train. PMID:19571968

  9. Generation of "gigantic" ultra-short microwave pulses based on passive mode-locking effect in electron oscillators with saturable absorber in the feedback loop

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    Ginzburg, N. S.; Denisov, G. G.; Vilkov, M. N.; Zotova, I. V.; Sergeev, A. S.

    2016-05-01

    A periodic train of powerful ultrashort microwave pulses can be generated in electron oscillators with a non-linear saturable absorber installed in the feedback loop. This method of pulse formation resembles the passive mode-locking widely used in laser physics. Nevertheless, there is a specific feature in the mechanism of pulse amplification when consecutive energy extraction from different fractions of a stationary electron beam takes place due to pulse slippage over the beam caused by the difference between the wave group velocity and the electron axial velocity. As a result, the peak power of generated "gigantic" pulses can exceed not only the level of steady-state generation but also, in the optimal case, the power of the driving electron beam.

  10. Optimization of passively mode-locked quasi-continuously diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser in bounce geometry

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    Frank, Milan; Jelínek, Michal; Kubeček, Václav

    2015-01-01

    In this paper the operation of pulsed diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser oscillator in bounce geometry passively modelocked using semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SAM), generating microjoule level picosecond pulses at wavelength of 1063 nm, is reported. Optimization of the output coupling for generation either Q-switched mode locked pulse trains or cavity dumped single pulses with maximum energy was performed, which resulted in extraction of single pulses as short as 10 ps and energy of 20 uJ. In comparison with the previous results obtained with this Nd:GdVO4 oscillator and saturable absorber in transmission mode, the achieved pulse duration is five times shorter. Using different absorbers and parameters of single pulse extraction enables generation of the pulses with duration up to 100 ps with the energy in the range from 10 to 20 μJ.

  11. Compact diode-directly-pumped passively mode-locked TEM00 Nd:GdVO4 laser at 1341 nm using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror

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    Liu, K.; Li, F. Q.; Liu, Y.; Cao, D.; Bo, Y.; Peng, Q. J.; Cui, D. F.; Zhang, J. Y.; Xu, Z. Y.

    2011-11-01

    We report on a compact 880-nm diode-directly-pumped passively mode-locked TEM00 Nd:GdVO4 laser at 1341 nm with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) for the first time. Under the absorbed pump power of 14.6 W, the maximum output power of 1.27 W was obtained at the repetition rate of 85.3 MHz with the pulse width of 45.3 ps, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 8.8% and the slope efficiency of 33.3%, respectively. The beam quality factor was measured to be M 2 = 1.18, indicating a TEM00 mode.

  12. Effect of beam expansion loss in a carbon nanotube-doped PVA film on passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber lasers with different feedback ratios

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    Cheng, Kuang-Nan; Chi, Yu-Chieh; Cheng, Chih-Hsien; Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Lo, Jui-Yung; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2014-10-01

    The effect of beam expansion induced divergent loss in a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) based ultrafast saturable absorber (SA) film thickness on the passive mode-locking (PML) performances of erbium-doped fiber lasers are demonstrated. The variation on the PML pulsewidth of the EDFL is discussed by changing the SWCNT-PVA SA film thicknesses, together with adjusting the pumping power and the intra-cavity feedback ratio. An almost 6 dB increment of divergent loss when enlarging the SWCNT-PVA based SA film thickness from 30-130 µm is observed. When shrinking the SA thickness to 30 µm at the largest pumping power of 52.5 mW, the optical spectrum red-shifts to 1558.8 nm with its 3 dB spectral linewidth broadening up to 2.7 nm, while the pulse has already entered the soliton regime with multi-order Kelly sidebands aside the spectral shoulder. The soliton pulsewidth is as short as 790 fs, which is much shorter than those obtained with other thicker SWCNT doped PVA polymer film based SAs; therefore, the peak power from the output of the PML-EDFL is significantly enlarged accompanied by a completely suppressed residual continuous-wave level to achieve the largest on/off extinction ratio. The main mechanism of pulse shortening with reducing thickness of SWCNT doped PVA polymer film based SA is attributed to the limited beam expansion as well as the enlarged modulation depth, which results in shortened soliton pulsewidth with a clean dc background, and broadened spectrum with enriched Kelly sidebands. The increase of total SWCNT amount in the thicker SA inevitably causes a higher linear absorption; hence, the mode-locking threshold also rises accordingly. By enlarging pumping power from 38.5-52.5 mW, the highest ascent on pulse extinction of up to 32 dB is observed among all kinds of feedback conditions. Nevertheless, the enlargement on the extinction slightly decays with increasing the feedback ratio from 30-90%, as

  13. Integration of mode-locked diode lasers

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

    2016-03-01

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

  14. Mode-locked silicon evanescent lasers.

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    Koch, Brian R; Fang, Alexander W; Cohen, Oded; Bowers, John E

    2007-09-01

    We demonstrate electrically pumped lasers on silicon that produce pulses at repetition rates up to 40 GHz. The mode locked lasers generate 4 ps pulses with low jitter and extinction ratios above 18 dB, making them suitable for data and telecommunication transmitters and for clock generation and distribution. Results of both passive and hybrid mode locking are discussed. This type of device could enable new silicon based integrated technologies, such as optical time division multiplexing (OTDM), wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), and optical code division multiple access (OCDMA). PMID:19547478

  15. 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. PMID:26367642

  16. 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.

  17. Passive Q-switching of an all-fiber laser induced by the Kerr effect of multimode interference.

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    Fu, Shijie; Sheng, Quan; Zhu, Xiushan; Shi, Wei; Yao, Jianquan; Shi, Guannan; Norwood, R A; Peyghambarian, N

    2015-06-29

    A novel passively Q-switched all-fiber laser using a single mode-multimode-single mode fiber device as the saturable absorber based on the Kerr effect of multimode interference is reported. Stable Q-switched operation of an Er(3+)/Yb(3+) co-doped fiber laser at 1559.5 nm was obtained at a pump power range of 190-510 mW with the repetition rate varying from 14.1 kHz to 35.2 kHz and the pulse duration ranging from 5.69 μs to 3.86 μs. A maximum pulse energy of 0.8 μJ at an average output power of 27.6 mW was achieved. This demonstrates a new modulation mechanism for realizing Q-switched all-fiber laser sources. PMID:26191734

  18. 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. PMID:26371923

  19. A Compact 500 MHz Femtosecond All-Fiber Ring Laser

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    Yang, Tong; Huang, Huichang; Yuan, Xiaozhi; Wei, Xiaoming; He, Xin; Mo, Shupei; Deng, Huaqiu; Yang, Zhongmin

    2013-05-01

    We demonstrate a fundamentally mode-locked all-fiber ring laser with the repetition rate up to 500 MHz and pulse duration of 250 fs at 1.5 µm. Only an optical integrated module, a 4.8 cm Er3+/Yb3+-codoped phosphate glass fiber, and a polarization controller are employed to construct the all-fiber ring cavity. Stable mode-locking laser is output by adjusting the polarization controller.

  20. 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. PMID:26193501

  1. 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. PMID:25402069

  2. Small acousto-optic modulation for active mode locking in the iodine photodissociation laser and the effect of supplementary saturable absorber

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    Kim, Y.S.; Lee, S.S.

    1985-02-01

    Active, passive, and active--passive mode locking of the iodine photodissociation laser are investigated. The peak-to-background ratio (PBR) of the acousto-optically mode-locked pulse is 85% for rf power of 5 W. Passive mode locking using BDN dye gives PBR of 75% and has inferior reproducibility. The active--passive mode locking using the two methods simultaneously is useful for the pressure broadened iodine laser line and gives a PBR of 91%. In this case the rf power required for complete mode locking is calculated to be 7 W which is much less than the required power of 11 W in using active mode locking alone.

  3. Monolithic hybrid mode-locked 1. 3. mu. m semiconductor lasers

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    Morton, P.A.; Bowers, J.E. ); Koszi, L.A.; Soler, M.; Lopata, J.; Wilt, D.P. )

    1990-01-08

    We describe the first results of hybrid mode locking combining both active and passive mode locking of a semiconductor laser. These functions are integrated into a monolithic device with a 1.3 {mu}m GaInAsP gain region, an active waveguide, and a saturable absorber. The devices have low threshold currents, and exhibit hysteresis in their light/current characteristics. The long integrated waveguides allow mode locking at a repetition rate of 15 GHz without the need for an external cavity. Pulse widths as short as 1.4 ps have been demonstrated using the combined effects of active and passive mode locking.

  4. Carbon nanotube mode-locked optically-pumped semiconductor disk 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

    2013-07-29

    An optically pumped semiconductor disk laser was mode-locked for the first time by employing a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber. Stable passive fundamental mode-locking 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. PMID:23938653

  5. 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

  6. 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. PMID:25967328

  7. 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.

  8. All-normal dispersion passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser using MoS2-PVA saturable absorber

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    Sathiyan, S.; Velmurugan, V.; Senthilnathan, K.; Babu, P. Ramesh; Sivabalan, S.

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate the generation of a dissipative soliton in an all-normal dispersion ytterbium (Yb)-doped fiber laser using few-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) as a saturable absorber. The saturable absorber is prepared by mixing few-layer MoS2 solution with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to form a free-standing composite film. The modulation depth and saturation intensity of the MoS2-PVA film are 11% and 5.86 MW cm-2, respectively. By incorporating the MoS2 saturable absorber in the fiber laser cavity, the mode-locked pulses are generated with a pulse width of 1.55 ns and a 3 dB spectral bandwidth of 0.9 nm centered at 1037.5 nm. The fundamental repetition rate and the average power are measured as 15.43 MHz and 1.5 mW, respectively. These results reveal the feasibility of deploying liquid-phase exfoliated few-layer MoS2 nanosheets for dissipative soliton generation in the near-IR region.

  9. 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. PMID:19282912

  10. Actively mode-locked GaInAsP laser with subpicosecond output

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    Corzine, S.W.; Bowers, J.E.; Przybylek, G.; Koren, U.; Miller, B.I.; Soccolich, C.E.

    1988-02-01

    We actively mode lock a high-frequency GaInAsP laser at a rate of 16 GHz to obtain nearly transform-limited hyperbolic secant pulses with a pulse width of 0.58 ps. This is the shortest pulse width yet demonstrated for either passively or actively mode-locked semiconductor lasers.

  11. 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. PMID:23037392

  12. 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. PMID:27410651

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Monolayer graphene saturable absorbers with strongly enhanced evanescent-field interaction for ultrafast fiber laser mode-locking.

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    Park, Nam Hun; Jeong, Hwanseong; Choi, Sun Young; Kim, Mi Hye; Rotermund, Fabian; Yeom, Dong-Il

    2015-07-27

    We demonstrate an efficient all-fiber saturable absorber (SA) that evanescently interacts with a graphene monolayer. Strong nonlinear interaction between the graphene sheet and evanescent wave was realized in both experiments and numerical calculations by employing an over-cladding structure on high-quality monolayer graphene that uniformly covered the side-polished fiber. A passively mode-locked Er-doped fiber laser was built, including our in-line graphene SA, which stably generated ultrashort pulses with pulse duration of 377 fs at a repetition rate of 37.7 MHz. The corresponding 3-dB spectral bandwidth of the laser was measured to be 8.6 nm at the central wavelength of 1607.7 nm. We also experimentally observed that the spectral bandwidth and pulse duration of the laser output could be controlled by proper selection of the refractive index of the over-cladding material on the monolayer-graphene SA. PMID:26367639

  16. 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

    2015-09-01

    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. PMID:26368409

  17. Versatile mode-locked fiber laser with switchable operation states of bound solitons.

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    Zou, Xin; Qiu, Jifang; Wang, Xiaodong; Ye, Zi; Shi, Jindan; Wu, Jian

    2016-06-01

    Bound states of two solitons are among the typical forms of bound states and can be observed in various operation states of mode-locked fiber lasers. We experimentally investigated bound solitons (BSs) in a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser based on a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror, whose operation states can be switched among multiple pulses, passively harmonic mode-locking, and "giant pulses" by simply adjusting the in-line polarization controller with the pump power fixed. Up to four pulses, fourth-order harmonic mode-locking (HML), and a "giant pulse" with four BSs were obtained with increasing pump power. Experimental results showed a correlative relationship among those operation states (N pulses/Nth-order HML/"giant pulses" of N bound solitons) at different pump power levels. The birefringence induced by the erbium-doped fiber inside the laser cavity played a vital role in the transitions of those operation states. PMID:27411182

  18. 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. PMID:25402081

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Actively mode-locked semiconductor lasers

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    Bowers, J.E.; Morton, P.A.; Mar, A.; Corzine, S.W.

    1989-06-01

    Measurements of actively mode-locked semiconductor lasers are described and compared to calculations of the mode-locking process using three coupled traveling wave rate equations for the electron and photon densities. The dependence of pulse width on the modulation current and frequency are described. A limitation to minimum achievable pulse widths in mode-locked semiconductor lasers is shown to be dynamic detuning due to gain saturation. Techniques to achieve subpicosecond pulses are described, together with ways to reduce multiple pulse outputs. The amplitude and phase noise of linear and ring cavity semiconductor lasers were measured and found to be tens of dB smaller than YAG and argon lasers and limited by the noise from the microwave oscillator. High-frequency phase noise is only measurable in detuned cavities, and is below -110 dBc (1 Hz) in optimally tuned cavities. The prospects for novel ways to achieve even shorter pulses are discussed.

  3. 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. PMID:25503035

  4. III-V-on-silicon anti-colliding pulse-type mode-locked laser.

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    Keyvaninia, S; Uvin, S; Tassaert, M; Wang, Z; Fu, X; Latkowski, S; Marien, J; Thomassen, L; Lelarge, F; Duan, G; Lepage, G; Verheyen, P; Van Campenhout, J; Bente, E; Roelkens, G

    2015-07-01

    An anti-colliding pulse-type III-V-on-silicon passively mode-locked laser is presented for the first time based on a III-V-on-silicon distributed Bragg reflector as outcoupling mirror implemented partially underneath the III-V saturable absorber. Passive mode-locking at 4.83 GHz repetition rate generating 3 ps pulses is demonstrated. The generated fundamental RF tone shows a 1.7 kHz 3 dB linewidth. Over 9 mW waveguide coupled output power is demonstrated. PMID:26125366

  5. 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. .

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Femtosecond mode-locked holmium fiber laser pumped by semiconductor disk laser.

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    Chamorovskiy, A; Marakulin, A V; Ranta, S; Tavast, M; Rautiainen, J; Leinonen, T; Kurkov, A S; Okhotnikov, O G

    2012-05-01

    We report on a 2085 nm holmium-doped silica fiber laser passively mode-locked by semiconductor saturable absorber mirror and carbon nanotube absorber. The laser, pumped by a 1.16 μm semiconductor disk laser, produces 890 femtosecond pulses with the average power of 46 mW and the repetition rate of 15.7 MHz. PMID:22555700

  11. Observation of dual-wavelength solitons and bound states in a nanotube/microfiber mode-locking fiber laser

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    Zeng, C.; Cui, Y. D.; Guo, J.

    2015-07-01

    We report on the experimental observation of dual-wavelength soliton and the phase-locked bound state in an all-fiber laser mode-locked by a carbon nanotubes/microfiber saturable absorber. The operation wavelengths are strongly dependent on the intracavity loss. By adjusting an attenuator to increase the intracavity loss, mode-locking wavelength shifts from 1557 to 1531 nm. With the appropriate pump power and intracavity loss, dual-wavelength solitons are achieved simultaneously. In addition, the phase-locked bound-state solitons are also observed at the two wavelengths. The pulse separation and phase difference are related to the first-order Kelly sidebands.

  12. 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.

  13. High-power diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser

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    Nakamura, Shinki; Hikita, Yuto; Sone, Hiroyasu; Ogawa, Takayo; Wada, Satoshi

    2014-05-01

    A high-power diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser was demonstrated. An average output power of 3.80W with a pulse duration of 433 fs at a repetition rate of 90.9MHz was obtained at a wavelength of 1050 nm using a 2% output coupler. A peak power of 96.5kW was also obtained. To the best of our knowledge, these are the highest reported average power and peak power for a diode-pumped mode-locked Yb:YAG ceramic laser.

  14. Broadly tunable mode-locked Ho:YAG ceramic laser around 2.1 µm.

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    Wang, Yicheng; Lan, Ruijun; Mateos, Xavier; Li, Jiang; Hu, Chen; Li, Chaoyu; Suomalainen, Soile; Härkönen, Antti; Guina, Mircea; Petrov, Valentin; Griebner, Uwe

    2016-08-01

    A passively mode-locked Ho:YAG ceramic laser around 2.1 µm is demonstrated using GaSb-based near-surface SESAM as saturable absorber. Stable and self-starting mode-locked operation is realized in the entire tuning range from 2059 to 2121 nm. The oscillator operated at 82 MHz with a maximum output power of 230 mW at 2121 nm. The shortest pulses with duration of 2.1 ps were achieved at 2064 nm. We also present spectroscopic properties of Ho:YAG ceramics at room temperature. PMID:27505767

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  16. High-pulse-energy mode-locked picosecond oscillator

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    Chao, Yang; Chen, Meng; Li, Gang

    2014-02-01

    We report on a high-pulse-energy solid-state picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator with cavity-dumping. The laser is end-pumped by an 808 nm laser diode and passively mode-locked with a semiconductor saturable absorption mirror (SESAM). In pure cw-mode-locking, this laser produced 2.5 W of average power at a pulse repetition rate of 40 MHz and pulse duration around 12 ps. A cavity dumping technique using an intra-cavity BBO electro-optic crystal to which bidirectional voltage was applied was adopted, effectively improving the cavity-dumping rate. Tunable high repetition rate from 100 kHz to 1 MHz was achieved. With electro-optic cavity dumper working at 1 MHz repetition rate, we achieved average power 594 mW. The laser includes a 5 mm long, a-cut, 0.5% doped Nd:YVO4 crystal with a 5-degree angle at one end face. Laser radiation is coupled out from the crystal end face with a 5-degree angle, without requiring insertion of a thin-film polarizer (TFP), thus simplifying the laser structure. This picosecond laser system has the advantages of compact structure and high stability, providing a good oscillator for regenerative amplifiers.

  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. 110  W all-fiber picosecond master oscillator power amplifier based on large-core-diameter ytterbium-doped fiber.

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    Yu, Zhenhua; Shi, Wei; Dong, Xinzheng; Li, Jinhui; Zhao, Yizhu; Liu, Huixian

    2016-05-20

    We demonstrate an all-fiber picosecond fiber laser in a master oscillator power amplifier configuration. The seed source is a soliton-type passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror and chirped fiber Bragg grating. The pulse width of the seed laser is 4.5 ps with a repetition rate of 15 MHz. A highly doped active fiber with a large core diameter (50 μm) is employed to boost the average power of the seed pulses to 117 W with 11 ps pulse width and 709 kW peak power. The corresponding output beam quality factor at maximum output power is 3.7. The all-fiber construction of the whole laser system enables compact size and robust operation. PMID:27411140

  19. Mode-Locked Laser Arrays for WDM Applications

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    Forouhar, S.

    1997-01-01

    Colliding pulse mode-locked laser arrays are being developed at 20 GHz for WDM applications. Arrays with 5 wavelengths in the EDFA gain bandwidth have already been demonstrated, with the final goal being a packaged, 10 wavelength mode-locked laser array.

  20. Multi-pulses dynamic patterns in a topological insulator mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser

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    Peiguang, Yan; Rongyong, Lin; Han, Zhang; Zhiteng, Wang; Han, Chen; Shuangchen, Ruan

    2015-01-01

    Multi-pulse dynamic patterns have been experimentally observed in an Ytterbium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked by a topological insulator (TI) Bi2Te3 saturable absorber (SA). The fundamental mode-locking operation with a repetition rate of ~1.10 MHz was achieved under a pump power of ~160 mW with an appropriate setting of the polarization controller (PC). It was found that through either changing the pump power or rotating the orientation of intra-cavity PC, several characteristic modes have been experimentally observed, including disordered multi-pulses, bunch of pulses, and soliton rains. Simultaneously, quasi-square pulses have also been observed in the laser cavity. Our systematic study clearly demonstrated that TI could be developed as an effective SA for the generation of different pulse operation states in a passively mode-locked all-normal-dispersion Ytterbium-doped fiber laser.

  1. 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.

  2. Dispersion measurements of mode-locked fiber laser components

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    Louthain, James A.; Hayduk, Michael J.; Erdmann, Reinhard K.

    2000-07-01

    Precise control of the dispersion within mode-locked laser cavities can lead to optical pulse compression and reduced timing jitter of mode-locked lasers. Two simple measurement techniques are used to provide a complete picture of the dispersion within an erbium doped mode-locked fiber laser cavity. We measured the optical dispersion of erbium-doped fiber, standard single mode fiber, and chirped Bragg gratings. We built a Michelson interferometer with a wideband LED source to measure the dispersion of fiber lengths of less than 1 meter. Next, we measured the dispersion of chirped Bragg gratings using a network analyzer and a tunable laser in a differential phase measurement technique.

  3. Timing stability enhancement of an Erbium Doped mode locked Fiber Laser using SESAM mirror

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    Afifi, G.; Khedr, M. Atta; Badr, Y.; Danailov, M.; Sigalotti, P.; Cinquegrana, P.; Alsous, M. B.; Galaly, A. R.

    2016-05-01

    We report on an examination of pulse timing stability of a home built Erbium Doped Fiber Laser (EDFL) passively mode locked via nonlinear polarization rotation by inserting semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) in laser cavity. A very low root mean square (RMS) timing jitter (less than 27 fsec) and faster self-starting mode locking have been established. In order to get clear, low noise signal for time resolving measurements, synchronization of EDFL laser with an external high precision electronic oscillator have been established. Subsequently, it is synchronized and optically cross-correlated with a Ti:Sapphire laser source (Micra). The measured relative timing jitter was found to be less than 65 fsec. In this way, the two, well synchronized Ti:Sapphire and EDFL laser pulses prove to be a powerful tool for time resolving measurements.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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. PMID:26696157

  8. Saturable absorber mode-locked femtosecond Cr4+:YAG laser

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    Hayduk, Michael J.; Johns, Steven T.; Krol, Mark F.

    1997-07-01

    We have demonstrated self-starting passive mode-locking of a chromium-doped:YAG (Cr4+:YAG) laser using a saturable absorber mirror (SAM) structure. Highly stable femtosecond pulses tunable from 1488 to 1535 nm were generated. Average TEM00 output powers ranged from 40 to 80 mW with a minimum pulse width of 120 fs measured at 1488 nm. The generation of ultrashort pulses in solid-state lasers using the Kerr lens modelocking (KLM) technique has been the center of much attention in recent years. Sub 100 fs pulses have been produced using many different laser systems. However, the KLM process is very sensitive to cavity alignment and is easily perturbed by mechanical vibrations and pump power fluctuations. A more reliable process makes use of a saturable absorber to start and stabilize the soliton formation process. The saturable absorber eliminates the need for critical cavity alignment. The femtosecond pulse train produced by the SAM structure in the Cr4+:YAG laser system is highly stable over very long periods of time. The wide tunability of the Cr4+:YAG laser throughout the 1.5 micrometer transmission window of optical fiber makes it an ideal spectroscopic source for the characterization and development of novel materials and devices for ultrafast optical interconnects.

  9. 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

  10. 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

    2015-11-01

    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.

  11. 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 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. PMID:26567536

  12. 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.

  13. Dual-wavelength synchronous mode-locked Yb:LSO laser using a double-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber.

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    Feng, Chao; Hou, Wei; Yang, Jimin; Liu, Jie; Zheng, Lihe; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun; Wang, Yonggang

    2016-05-01

    A dual-wavelength, passively mode-locked Yb:LSO laser was demonstrated using a double-walled carbon nanotube as a saturable absorber. The maximum average output power of the laser was 1.34 W at the incident pump power of 9.94 W. The two central wavelengths were 1057 and 1058 nm. The corresponding pulse duration of the autocorrelation interference pattern was about 15 ps, while the beat pulse repetition rate was 0.17 THz and the width of one beat pulse about 2 ps. When the incident pump power was above 10.25 W, a multiwavelength mode-locked oscillation phenomenon was observed. After employing a pair of SF10 prisms, a 1058.7 nm single-wavelength mode-locked laser was obtained with a pulse width of 7 ps. PMID:27140382

  14. 59 fs mode-locked Yb:KGW oscillator pumped by a single-mode laser diode

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    Kowalczyk, M.; Sotor, J.; Abramski, K. M.

    2016-03-01

    In this letter we present a passively mode-locked Yb:KGW oscillator pumped by a low power single-mode laser diode. Contrary to high power operation, single-mode pumping enabled us to suppress parasitic thermal effects, while keeping the setup compact and its alignment straightforward. Undisturbed mode-locking (ML) stability was achieved without active cooling of the gain medium and the laser was entirely self-starting. Pulses 59 fs in duration were obtained in a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM)-assisted Kerr-lens mode-locked regime. The corresponding spectrum was 20.2 nm broad at a central wavelength of 1036 nm approaching the performance limit of the crystal. To the best of our knowledge, these are the shortest pulses generated from a Yb:KGW laser.

  15. MoS2 nanoflowers as high performance saturable absorbers for an all-fiber passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Wei, Rongfei; Zhang, Hang; Tian, Xiangling; Qiao, Tian; Hu, Zhongliang; Chen, Zhi; He, Xin; Yu, Yongze; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-03-01

    Strong saturable absorption was observed in MoS2 nanoflowers, which were synthesized by a facile solvothermal method. A MoS2 nanoflower-based saturable absorber with a high modulation depth of 51.8% and a large saturable intensity of 275.5 GW cm-2 was introduced to the application of passively Q-switched fiber laser generation. Stable passively Q-switched fiber laser pulses at 1.56 μm with a low threshold power of 16.10 mW, high signal-to-noise ratio of 52.5 dB and short pulse duration of 1.9 μs were obtained. More importantly, a high output power of 3.10 mW related to a large pulse energy of about 51.84 nJ can be attained at a very low pump power. The efficiency of the laser reaches 4.71%, which is larger than that of the prepared layered MoS2 and recently reported MoS2-based passively Q-switching operations. Such results imply that the MoS2 nanoflowers are an excellent candidate for a saturable absorber in passively Q-switched fiber lasers at a low pump intensity.Strong saturable absorption was observed in MoS2 nanoflowers, which were synthesized by a facile solvothermal method. A MoS2 nanoflower-based saturable absorber with a high modulation depth of 51.8% and a large saturable intensity of 275.5 GW cm-2 was introduced to the application of passively Q-switched fiber laser generation. Stable passively Q-switched fiber laser pulses at 1.56 μm with a low threshold power of 16.10 mW, high signal-to-noise ratio of 52.5 dB and short pulse duration of 1.9 μs were obtained. More importantly, a high output power of 3.10 mW related to a large pulse energy of about 51.84 nJ can be attained at a very low pump power. The efficiency of the laser reaches 4.71%, which is larger than that of the prepared layered MoS2 and recently reported MoS2-based passively Q-switching operations. Such results imply that the MoS2 nanoflowers are an excellent candidate for a saturable absorber in passively Q-switched fiber lasers at a low pump intensity. Electronic supplementary

  16. 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. PMID:27410635

  17. Subpicosecond solitons in an actively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Jones, D. J.; Haus, H. A.; Ippen, E. P.

    1996-11-01

    Experimental results are presented for a study of the stability regime of an actively mode-locked polarization-maintaining fiber ring laser used as a memory. Observations indicate that the pulse widths in the memory can be reduced (by soliton effects) by a factor of approximately 4.4 below the pulse widths predicted by standard active mode-locking theory. Stability regions for the solitons are mapped and compared with theoretical predictions.

  18. MoS2 nanoflowers as high performance saturable absorbers for an all-fiber passively Q-switched erbium-doped fiber laser.

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    Wei, Rongfei; Zhang, Hang; Tian, Xiangling; Qiao, Tian; Hu, Zhongliang; Chen, Zhi; He, Xin; Yu, Yongze; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-04-14

    Strong saturable absorption was observed in MoS2 nanoflowers, which were synthesized by a facile solvothermal method. A MoS2 nanoflower-based saturable absorber with a high modulation depth of 51.8% and a large saturable intensity of 275.5 GW cm(-2) was introduced to the application of passively Q-switched fiber laser generation. Stable passively Q-switched fiber laser pulses at 1.56 μm with a low threshold power of 16.10 mW, high signal-to-noise ratio of 52.5 dB and short pulse duration of 1.9 μs were obtained. More importantly, a high output power of 3.10 mW related to a large pulse energy of about 51.84 nJ can be attained at a very low pump power. The efficiency of the laser reaches 4.71%, which is larger than that of the prepared layered MoS2 and recently reported MoS2-based passively Q-switching operations. Such results imply that the MoS2 nanoflowers are an excellent candidate for a saturable absorber in passively Q-switched fiber lasers at a low pump intensity. PMID:26997036

  19. Power scalable semiconductor disk lasers for frequency conversion and mode-locking

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    Okhotnikov, O G

    2008-12-31

    The semiconductor disk laser, a relatively novel type of light oscillators, is now under intensive development. These lasers produce an excellent beam quality in conjunction with a scalable output power. This paper presents recent achievements in power scalability, mode-locking and frequency conversion with optically-pumped semiconductor disk lasers. A novel concept for power scaling described here allows the thermal load of the gain material to be reduced, increasing the threshold of rollover and extending the capability for boosting the output power without degradation in the beam quality. The proposed technique is based on the multiple gain scheme. The total power of over 8 W was achieved in dual-gain configuration, while one-gain lasers could produce separately up to 4 W, limited by the thermal rollover of the output characteristics. The results show that the reduced thermal load to a gain element in a dual-gain cavity allows extending the range of usable pump powers boosting the laser output. Orange-red radiation required for a number of challenging applications can be produced through frequency-doubling using a GaInNAs/GaAs laser. Using such a disk laser operating at a fundamental wavelength of 1224 nm, we demonstrate an output power of 2.68 W in the visible region with an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 7.4%. The frequency-converted signal could be launched into a single-mode optical fibre with 70%-78% coupling efficiency, demonstrating good beam quality for the visible radiation. Using a Fabry-Perot glass etalon, the emission wavelength could be tuned over an 8-nm spectral range. We report on optically-pumped disk lasers passively mode-locked with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror. The potential of harmonic mode-locking in producing pulse trains at multigigahertz repetition rates has been explored. The mode-locked disk laser is investigated for different designs of the gain medium that allow bistable mode-locking to be controlled. An

  20. High-energy mode-locked fiber lasers using multiple transmission filters and a genetic algorithm.

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    Fu, Xing; Kutz, J Nathan

    2013-03-11

    We theoretically demonstrate that in a laser cavity mode-locked by nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) using sets of waveplates and passive polarizer, the energy performance can be significantly increased by incorporating multiple NPR filters. The NPR filters are engineered so as to mitigate the multi-pulsing instability in the laser cavity which is responsible for limiting the single pulse per round trip energy in a myriad of mode-locked cavities. Engineering of the NPR filters for performance is accomplished by implementing a genetic algorithm that is capable of systematically identifying viable and optimal NPR settings in a vast parameter space. Our study shows that five NPR filters can increase the cavity energy by approximately a factor of five, with additional NPRs contributing little or no enhancements beyond this. With the advent and demonstration of electronic controls for waveplates and polarizers, the analysis suggests a general design and engineering principle that can potentially close the order of magnitude energy gap between fiber based mode-locked lasers and their solid state counterparts. PMID:23482223

  1. Quantum dot based mode-locked AlGaInP-VECSEL

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    Bek, Roman; Kersteen, Grizelda; Kahle, Hermann; Schwarzbäck, Thomas; Jetter, Michael; Michler, Peter

    2015-03-01

    We present passive mode locking of a vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) in the red spectral range with quantum dots (QDs) as active material in the gain and in the absorber structure. Both semiconductor samples are fabricated by metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE) in a near-anti-resonant design. A vshaped cavity is used to tightly focus onto the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM), producing pulses with a duration of less than 1 ps and a repetition rate of 852MHz. In order to increase the field enhancement inside the absorber structure, some SESAM samples were additionally coated with a fused silica layer. The pulse duration as well as the mode locking stability were investigated for different thicknesses of the SiO2 layer. The most stable mode locking operation is observed for a 97 nm SiO2 layer, while the disadvantage of this overall near-resonant SESAM structure is an increased pulse duration of around 2 ps. Due to the improved stability, the transmission of the outcoupling mirror could be increased resulting in an average output power of 10mW at an emission wavelength of 651 nm.

  2. Analytical investigation of a figure-eight single-pulse all-fiber laser based on a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror

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    Salhi, M.; Amrani, F.; Leblond, H.; Sanchez, F.

    2010-10-15

    We establish analytically a master equation of a figure-eight all-fiber passively mode-locked laser. The nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM) is used as an effective saturable absorber in order to generate short pulses. The master equation is of the cubic complex Ginzburg-Landau type, in which the coefficients explicitly depend on the characteristics of the cavity, in particular on the orientation of the polarizer, the coupling coefficient, and the length of the NALM. Single-pulse and continuous-wave (cw) solutions in both normal and anomalous dispersion are discussed analytically. In the anomalous dispersion situation, the equation governing the evolution of the system admits stable analytic pulse solutions. The pulse duration and energy are studied. The analysis provides domains in the space of the cavity parameters where energetic soliton and ultrashort pulses are obtained.

  3. 100 W dissipative soliton resonances from a thulium-doped double-clad all-fiber-format MOPA system.

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    Zhao, Junqing; Ouyang, Deqin; Zheng, Zhijian; Liu, Minqiu; Ren, Xikui; Li, Chunbo; Ruan, Shuangchen; Xie, Weixin

    2016-05-30

    In this paper, we first achieve nanosecond-scale dissipative soliton resonance (DSR) generation in a thulium-doped double-clad fiber (TDF) laser with all-anomalous-dispersion regime, and also first scale the average power up to 100.4 W by employing only two stage TDF amplifiers, corresponding to gains of 19.3 and 14.4 dB, respectively. It is noted that both the fiber laser oscillator and the amplification system employ double-clad fiber as the gain medium for utilizing the advantages in high-gain-availability, high-power-handling and good-mode-quality-maintaining. DSR mode-locking of the TDF oscillator is realized by using a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM), which exhibits all-fiber-format, high nonlinear and passive saturable absorption properties. The TDF oscillator can deliver rectangular-shape pulses with duration ranging from ~3.74 to ~72.19 ns while maintaining a nearly equal output peak power level of ~0.56 W, namely peak power clamping (PPC) effect. Comparatively, the two stage amplifiers can scale the seeding pulses to similar average power levels, but to dramatically different peak powers ranging from ~0.94 to ~18.1 kW depending on the durations. Our TDF master-oscillator-power-amplifier (MOPA) system can provide a high power 2-μm band all-fiber-format laser source both tunable in pulse duration and peak power. PMID:27410128

  4. Pulse shaping mechanism in mode-locked lasers

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    Horikis, Theodoros P.; Bakırtaş, İlkay; Antar, Nalan

    2016-06-01

    A pulse shaping mechanism applied to mode-locked lasers is proposed. By adding a linear (forcing) term in the power energy saturation model, we are able to control the resulting pulses in both energy and shape. In fact, this term also provides a focusing effect keeping most of the pulse’s energy confined within the width of the forcing. The appropriate condition for which mode-locking occurs is also derived and links the physical parameters of the system (gain, loss, filtering) to those of the pulse (amplitude, width, energy). Thus, given the desired pulse one only needs to fix the laser’s parameters accordingly, so as to obey this condition, and mode-locking will occur.

  5. 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. PMID:24562136

  6. 1700 nm dispersion managed mode-locked bismuth fiber laser

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    Noronen, Teppo; Firstov, Sergei; Dianov, Evgeny; Okhotnikov, Oleg G.

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate the first 1.7 μm bismuth-doped fiber laser generating ultrashort pulses via passive mode-locking. Pulse operation has been achieved for both anomalous and normal dispersion of the laser cavity owing to broadband characteristics of carbon nanotube saturable absorber. The laser delivered 1.65 ps pulses in net anomalous dispersion regime. In normal dispersion regime, the laser delivered 14 ps pulses which could be compressed to 1.2 ps using external fiber compressor.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Kerr-lens mode locking without dispersion compensation.

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    Gatz, S; Herrmann, J; Müller, M

    1996-10-01

    We propose and theoretically investigate a novel operating regime of femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked solidstate lasers that avoids group-velocity dispersion compensation by use of a nonresonant semiconductor plate in the focused resonator section that provides an overall negative nonlinear refractive index per round trip. The saturable loss of the laser resonator with an effective self-defocusing nonlinearity is derived from a generalized ABCD matrix formalism, and the correspondingly calculated steady-state pulse parameters show that a Kerrlens mode-locked laser with an overall negative nonlinear refractive index generates stable femtosecond pulses without any dispersion compensation. PMID:19881729

  10. 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.

  11. Single-polarization, dual-wavelength mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser by a 45°-tilted fiber grating

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    Liu, Xianglian; Wang, Hushan; Wang, Yishan; Yan, Zhijun; Zhang, Lin

    2015-06-01

    We experimentally demonstrate an all-fiber single-polarization dual-wavelength Yb-doped fiber laser passively mode-locked with a 45°-tilted fiber grating for the first time. Stable dual-wavelength operation exhibits double-rectangular spectral profile centered at 1033 and 1053 nm, respectively. The 3 dB bandwidth of each rectangular optical spectrum is estimated as 10 nm. The separation of two fundamental repetition rates is 6 kHz. By employing the 45° TFG with the polarization-dependent loss of 33 dB, output pulses with 27 dB polarization extinction ratio are implemented in the experiment. The single pulse centered at 1053 nm is researched by using a filter at the output port of the laser, and the experimental results denote that the output ps pulses are highly chirped. The formation mechanism of dual-wavelength operation is investigated.

  12. 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

  13. On-Chip Colliding Pulse Mode-locked laser diode (OCCP-MLLD) using multimode interference reflectors.

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    Gordón, Carlos; Guzmán, Robinson; Corral, Vinicio; Leijtens, Xaveer; Carpintero, Guillermo

    2015-06-01

    We report the achievement of colliding pulse mode-locked (CPM) regimes on a novel on-chip mode locked laser diode (OCCP-MLLD). The advantage of the resonator structure that we present is that the end-mirrors are defined through multimode interference reflectors (MIRs), which provide precise control of the cavity length avoiding the need for cleaved facets. This simplifies positioning the saturable absorber at the center of the resonator to achieve the colliding pulse mode-locked regime and double the repetition rate, reaching the millimeter wave frequency range. An additional advantage is that the pulsed output is delivered within the Photonic Integrated Circuit chip for further processing (i.e. modulation). We demonstrate a colliding pulse passive mode locked regime with pulse widths below a picosecond (Δτ = 0.64 ps), timing jitter σT = 75 fs and amplitude noise NAM = 0.012 dBc. The samples were fabricated in a generic InP foundry service through multi-project wafer (MPW) runs. PMID:26072826

  14. Graphene mode-locked femtosecond Cr2+:ZnS laser with ~300 nm tuning range.

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    Cho, Won Bae; Choi, Sun Young; Zhu, Chunhui; Kim, Mi Hye; Kim, Jun Wan; Kim, Jin Sun; Park, Hyung Ju; Shin, Dong Ho; Jung, Moon Youn; Wang, Fengqiu; Rotermund, Fabian

    2016-09-01

    Graphene has proved to be an excellent broadband saturable absorber for mode-locked operation of ultrafast lasers. However, for the mid-infrared (mid-IR) range where broadly tunable sources are in great needs, graphene-based broadly tunable ultrafast mid-IR lasers have not been demonstrated so far. Here, we report on passive mode-locking of a mid-IR Cr:ZnS laser by utilizing a transmission-type monolayer graphene saturable absorber and broad spectral tunability between 2120 nm and 2408 nm, which is the broadest tuning bandwidth ever reported for graphene mode-locked mid-IR solid-state lasers. The recovery time of the saturable absorber is measured to be ~2.4 ps by pump-probe technique at a wavelength of 2350 nm. Stably mode-locked Cr:ZnS laser delivers Fourier transform-limited 220-fs pulses with a pulse energy of up to 7.8 nJ. PMID:27607680

  15. Flexibly controllable multi-pulse mode-locked MOPA Yb-doped fiber laser in all normal dispersion regime

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    Bu, Chenxi; Wang, Chinhua

    2013-09-01

    A Controllable, high energy, all normal dispersion (ANDi), passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser is demonstrated with a Master Oscillator Power-Amplifier (MOPA) structure. The mode-locking is achieved by nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE). different types of laser pulse are achieved from fundamental mode-locked (FML) single pulse to twin pulse and then to harmonically mode-locked (HML) pulses (the maximum order is 7 times) by adjusting quarter-wave plates (QWPS) and a half-wave plate (HWP) in our system. Using a cascaded long-period fiber grating as the spectral filter, the center wavelength of our laser is fixed at 1034nm.The repetition frequency rate of the FML pulse is 1.53MHz with a pulse width of 817ps. The maximum average energy is 450 mW and the maximum pulse energy of FML single pulse is 294 nJ. Besides, the 517nm green laser output is also achieved by using a LiB3O5 (LBO) crystal as the frequency doubling crystal. The maximum average of the green pulse is 4.71mW.

  16. 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. PMID:26991926

  17. Dynamics of Fourier domain mode-locked lasers.

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    Slepneva, S; Kelleher, B; O'Shaughnessy, B; Hegarty, S P; Vladimirov, A G; Huyet, G

    2013-08-12

    An analysis of the dynamical features in the output of a Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser is presented. An experimental study of the wavelength sweep-direction asymmetry in the output of such devices is undertaken. A mathematical model based on a set of delay differential equations is developed and shown to agree well with experiment. PMID:23938841

  18. Compact all-fiber laser delivering conventional and dissipative solitons.

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    Mao, Dong; Liu, Xueming; Han, Dongdong; Lu, Hua

    2013-08-15

    We report the simultaneous generation of conventional soliton (CS) and dissipative soliton (DS) in a mode-locked fiber laser exploiting chirped fiber Bragg grating and four-port circulator. The bandwidth and duration of the CS are 0.28 nm and 15.1 ps, respectively. However, the giant-chirp DS exhibits a quasi-rectangular spectrum with a bandwidth of 9.5 nm. The duration of the output DS is 7.3 ps and can be compressed to 0.55 ps external to the cavity. Our numerical results agree well with the experimental observations. The flexible all-fiber laser can provide three different pulse sources, which is convenient and attractive for practical applications. PMID:24104684

  19. Multiwavelength pulse generation using a SESAM-based mode-locked fiber laser together with Fabry-Perot filter

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    Chen, Changxiu; Wu, Zhichao; Fu, Songnian; Luo, Yiyang; Liu, Bin; Liu, Deming

    2015-09-01

    A simple and compact configuration of multiwavelength pulse generator is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, using a SESAM-based passively mode-locked fiber laser together with fiber Fabry-Perot filter. By optimizing the dispersion of fiber ring cavity, a flat rectangular optical spectrum with 3 dB bandwidth of 8.1 nm is obtained, with power fluctuation of <0.5 dB. Inserting a fiber Fabry-Perot filter at the output of passively mode-locked fiber laser, we can simultaneously obtain 40 channels with 0.2 nm wavelength spacing, under the condition of <3 dB power uniformity. After wavelength-division demultiplexing and optic-to-electronic conversion, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of single channel pulse is measured to be 30 ps while the repetition rate of pulse train is 20.3 MHz.

  20. Diode pumped Nd:YAG laser with active Q-switching and mode locking for hole drilling

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    Solokhin, S. A.; Sirotkin, A. A.; Garnov, S. V.

    2011-06-01

    A diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser operating with active-passive Q-switch mode locking, has been developed. The acousto-optic repetition train was one kilohertz with generated pulse train widths 65 ns, single pulse widths 200 ps and an average power of 6.5 W. Improvement of efficiency of small diameter deep holes laser drilling in different materials was studied.

  1. 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. PMID:26832559

  2. Length characterization of a piezoelectric actuator travel with a mode-locked femtosecond laser

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    Pravdová, Lenka; Lešundák, Adam; Hucl, Václav; Čížek, Martin; Mikel, Břetislav; Hrabina, Jan; Řeřucha, Šimon; Číp, Ondřej; Lazar, Josef

    2015-05-01

    The development of absolute distance measurement methods have been enabled by new kind of lasers, special digital signal processing electronics, algorithms and new materials for optics. The phenomenon of the mode-lock of the femtosecond pulse laser increased a number of potential applications with distance surveying where that stable generator of very short and periodically repeated coherent pulses can be used. The main aim of the work is a description of precise measuring method with absolute scale which is able to determine the length of unknown distance with direct traceability to a time standard. The principle of the method is based on a passive optical cavity with mirrors keeping measured distance, in our case a piezoelectric actuator. Time spacing of short femtosecond pulses generated by mode-locked laser is optically phase locked to the cavity free spectral range. A value of the repetition frequency of the laser determines the measured distance. The exact value of the frequency/period of the femtosecond pulse train is detected by a frequency counter. The counting gate of the counter is synchronized with a highly stable oscillator disciplined by H-maser or GPS received signal from atomic clocks. The work shows methods how to overcome problems with dispersive optics in the passive cavity and a way of phase lock of the femtosecond laser repetition rate to free spectral range of the cavity. This measuring technique is demonstrated on length characterization of the piezoelectric transducer which belongs to ultra-precise positioning actuators.

  3. Mode locking of fiber lasers at high repetition rates

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    Usechak, Nicholas G.

    Mode-locked fiber lasers have become indispensable tools in many fields as their use is no longer relegated to the optics community. In the future, their size will decrease and their applications will become far more prevalent than they are today. At present, the field is undergoing a cardinal shift as these devices have become commercially available in the last decade. This has put an emphasis on long-term performance and reliability as these devices are beginning to be integrated into complex systems in areas as diverse as medical optics, micro-machining, forensics, and tracking as well as their obvious use as laboratory tools or sources in telecommunications. This is also resulting in a transition from research to engineering. Since the field of mode-locked lasers has been extensively studied for over forty years, one may expect that little has been overlooked. However, since the mode-locking phenomena is governed by nonlinear partial differential equations, a rich degree of effects exist and the field has not yet been exhausted. During the past two decades, the main emphasis has been on short-pulse generation; however, the main thrust of research is likely to change to producing high-power devices, which will result in limiting effects and thermal issues that are currently ignored for low-power sources. Finally, detailed studies have generally been performed numerically as analytic solutions only exist in limiting cases. In this thesis, mode-locked fiber lasers are studied experimentally, numerically, and theoretically. The experimental work focuses on high-repetition rate, mode-locked cavities, which are then modeled numerically. A semi-analytic tool, which goes beyond the prior theories and includes all of the effects experienced by steady-state, mode-locked pulses as they propagate in a laser cavity, is also derived. The only caveats to this approach are an assumption of the pulse shape and the requirement that it not change during propagation through the

  4. 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.

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

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    Arkhipov, R M; Arkhipov, M V; Babushkin, I; Rosanov, N N

    2016-02-15

    Self-induced transparency mode locking (or coherent mode locking, CML), which is based on intracavity self-induced transparency soliton dynamics, potentially allows achievement of nearly single-cycle intracavity pulse durations, much below the phase relaxation time T2 in a laser which, despite having great promise, has not yet been realized experimentally. We develop a diagram technique which allows us to predict the main features of CML regimes in a generic two-section laser far from the single-cycle limit. We show that CML can arise directly at the first laser threshold if the phase relaxation time is large enough. Furthermore, we discuss the stability of the corresponding mapping. We also predict the existence of "super-CML regimes," with a pulse coupled to several Rabi oscillations in the nonlinear medium. PMID:26872176

  6. Kerr-lens mode locking without dispersion compensation

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    Gatz, S.; Herrmann, J.; Mueller, M.

    1996-10-01

    We propose and theoretically investigate a novel operating regime of femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked solid-state lasers that avoids group-velocity dispersion compensation by use of a nonresonant semiconductor plate in the focused resonator section that provides an overall negative nonlinear refractive index per round trip. The saturable loss of the laser resonator with an effective self-defocusing nonlinearity is derived from a generalized {ital ABCD} matrix formalism, and the correspondingly calculated steady-state pulse parameters show that a Kerr-lens mode-locked laser with an overall negative nonlinear refractive index generates stable femtosecond pulses without any dispersion compensation. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

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

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    Holtom, Gary R.

    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.

  8. Pulsed FM mode locking of a Nd:BEL laser.

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    Godil, A A; Li, K D; Bloom, D M

    1991-08-15

    A novel but simple and practical mode locker was built and demonstrated for a diode-pumped Nd:BEL laser. Fast electrical pulses from a comb generator drive a LiNbO(3) crystal, which produces pulsed electro-optic phase modulation in the laser cavity. Stable mode-locked pulses of 7.5-ps duration were obtained at a repetition rate of 250 MHz. PMID:19776932

  9. 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.

  10. Modeling of ultrashort pulse generation in mode-locked VECSELs

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    Kilen, I.; Koch, S. W.; Hader, J.; Moloney, J. V.

    2016-03-01

    We present a study of various models for the mode-locked pulse dynamics in a vertical external-cavity surface emitting laser with a saturable absorber. The semiconductor Bloch equations are used to model microscopically the light-matter interaction and the carrier dynamics. Maxwell's equations describe the pulse propagation. Scattering contributions due to higher order correlation effects are approximated using effective rates that are found from a comparison to solving the microscopic scattering equations on the second Born-Markov level. It is shown that the simulations result in the same mode-locked final state whether the system is initialized with a test pulse close to the final mode-locked pulse or the full field build-up from statistical noise is considered. The influence of the cavity design is studied. The longest pulses are found for a standard V-cavity while a linear cavity and a V-cavity with an high reflectivity mirror in the middle are shown to produce similar, much shorter pulses.

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. Flashlamp pumped oscillator-amplifier Nd:YAG system mode-locked using multiple quantum well saturable absorber

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    Kubecek, Vaclav; Jelinkova, Helena; Dombrovsky, Andrej; Diels, Jean-Claude; Stintz, Andreas

    2004-09-01

    We report on flashlamp pumped oscillator - three amplifiers Nd:YAG picosecond laser system in which the liquid saturable dye used for passive mode locking is replaced by semiconductor saturable absorber with multiple quantum well (MQW) structure. This element placed at Brewster angle inside a laser resonator had 100 layers of absorber and therefore it has high nonlinearity and is suitable for high power Q-switched and mode locked operation. The short pulse train from oscillator contained only 5-6 pulses with total energy of 3 mJ in single transversal mode, the pulse duration was 80 ps. After amplification, the maximum energy of the pulse train was 180 mJ. In the regime of the amplification of a single selected pulse the energy on the output of the third amplifier was 50 mJ. Operation of the oscillator in active-passive regime of mode locking using an additional acousto-optic mode-locker leads to improvement of reproducibility and stability of output parameters.

  14. 2.3-ps pulses from a Kerr-lens mode-locked lamp-pumped Nd:YLF laser with a microdot mirror.

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    Ramaswamy, M; Gouveia-Neto, A S; Negus, D K; Izatt, J A; Fujimoto, J G

    1993-11-01

    Pulses as short as 2.3 ps have been generated by passive mode locking of a lamp-pumped Nd:YLF laser with a microdot mirror mode locker for Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) saturable absorber action and a compact Gires-Tournois interferometer for dispersion compensation. KLM was initiated with an acousto-optic modulator. Average output powers of 800 mW have been achieved. This result demonstrates the potential use of KLM for generating near-bandwidth-limited pulses from high-power lamp-pumped sources. PMID:19829417

  15. Mode-locked InGaAs-AlGaAs disk laser generating sub-200-fs pulses, pulse picking and amplification by a tapered diode amplifier.

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    Klopp, Peter; Griebner, Uwe; Zorn, Martin; Klehr, Andreas; Liero, Armin; Weyers, Markus; Erbert, Götz

    2009-06-22

    Almost chirp-free pulses with a duration of 190 fs were achieved from a mode-locked semiconductor disk laser (SDL) emitting at approximately 1045 nm. Pulse shaping was different from the soliton-like mode-locking process known from lasers using dielectric gain media; passive amplitude modulation provided by a fast saturable absorber was essential. The spectrum of the absorber had to be matched to the gain spectrum within a few nm. A tapered diode amplifier was demonstrated to be a device for both picking and amplifying SDL pulses. The pulse repetition rate of the SDL output was reduced from 3 GHz to 47 MHz. PMID:19550482

  16. High power (130 mW) 40 GHz 1.55 μm mode-locked distributed Bragg reflector lasers with integrated optical amplifiers.

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    Akbar, Jehan; Hou, Lianping; Haji, Mohsin; Strain, Michael J; Marsh, John H; Bryce, A Catrina; Kelly, Anthony E

    2012-02-01

    High output power 40 GHz 1.55 μm passively mode-locked surface-etched distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) lasers with monolithically integrated semiconductor optical amplifiers are reported. These are based on an optimized AlGaInAs/InP epitaxial structure with a three quantum well active layer and an optical trap layer. The device produces near transform limited Gaussian pulses with a pulse duration of 3.3 ps. An average output power during mode-locked operation of 130 mW was achieved with a corresponding peak power of >1 W. PMID:22297347

  17. 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.

  18. All solid-state mode-locked flashlamp pumped Nd:YAG laser system with selectable pulse duration

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    Kubecek, Vaclav; Diels, Jean-Claude; Stintz, Andreas; Jelinkova, Helena; Dombrovsky, Andrej; Cech, Miroslav

    2005-04-01

    All solid state mode-locked flashlamp pumped Nd:YAG laser system with selectable pulse duration was developed based on the oscillator where a single semiconductor structure containing a multiple-quantum-well was used as a saturable absorber for mode-locking, and energy limiter for passive negative feedback. Single pulse selection from various parts of extended 200 ns long Q-switched pulse train enables the changing of pulse duration before entering into three stages of laser amplifiers. Using of additional acousto-optic mode-locker, stability enhancement of the output pulses was obtained and the amplitude fluctuations were reduced below 5%. The exploitation of the solid state saturable absorber and limiter integrated in the single element improved significantly the long term characteristics of the laser system which can be therefore used for various applications as a satellite laser ranging, spectroscopy, or medicine.

  19. Mode-locked fiber laser using the Sagnac interferometer and the nonlinear polarization rotation

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    Ibarra-Escamilla, Baldeamr; Kuzin, Evgueni A.; Haus, Joseph W.; Pottiez, Olivier; Gomez-Garcia, Dario E.; Gutierrez-Zainos, Francisco; Mendoza-Vazquez, Sergio; Grajales-Coutico, Ruben

    2003-07-01

    In figure-eight lasers (F8L) mode locking is achieved through a nonlinear fiber amplifier loop mirror (NALM) or an asymmetrical nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM). Recently, we have theoretically shown that the symmetrical NOLM with a twisted fiber is useful for passive mode locking of fiber lasers. In this work we experimentally demonstrate the operation of a F8L based on the symmetrical NOLM with a twisted low-birefringence fiber in the loop. The modelocking operation is achieved by nonlinear polarization rotation. We found that the counter-propagating beams accumulate a differential nonlinear phase shift when they have different As (where As is the Stokes parameter). At the input NOLM, we used a polarizer controller to adjust the clockwise beam to be circularly polarized, As=1. In the loop of the NOLM, we used a quarter-wave retarder to transform the counter-clockwise beam to linear polarization, As=0. The quarter-wave retarder was the only element that we adjust to achieve modelocking. The pulse repetition frequency was 0.8 MHz. The FWHM of the autocorrelation function was 0.7 ps. We used a pump power of 80 mW to get the modelocking operation. The modelocked laser ran in stable operation for hours. Even in this first experiments the laser shown several advantages. The adjustment procedure was straightforward. The laser shows stable operation and exhibits high pulse energy. We achieved stable generation of subpicosecond pulses with milliwatts of average output power.

  20. Mode locked Nd:YVO 4 laser with intracavity synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator

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    Zavadilova, Alena; Kubeček, Václav; Čech, Miroslav; Hiršl, Petr; Jelínkova, Helena; Diels, Jean-Claude

    2006-02-01

    The motivation of this work is the development of laser sensor and gyroscope based on short pulse solid state ring laser. In comparison with regular ring laser containing the gain medium and saturable absorber, where counterpropagating pulses overlap, a ring synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator, in which the pulse crossing point is controlled externally by the time of arrival of the pump pulses, is the ideal source for short pulse laser sensor. The optimum configuration is a synchronously pumped parametric oscillator inserted inside the optical resonator of the diode pumped mode-locked solid state laser. We are developing a such system, as a first step we have demonstrated operation of a diode pumped Nd:YVO 4 passively mode-locked laser using semiconductor saturable absorber with synchronously pumped intracavity optical parametric oscillator in linear configuration. The repetition rate of the pump laser was 132 MHz and the pulse duration of 15 ps. Parametric oscillator was based on 20 mm long Brewster cut single grating (with poling periode of 30.3 μm) periodically poled magnesium doped lithium niobate (MgO:PPLN) crystal. The temperature tuning of parametric luminescence from the crystal with peak wavelength at 1537 nm - 1550 nm for temperature variation from 30 °C to 57 °C was observed.

  1. Characterization and modeling of a dispersive cavity mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Hayduk, Michael J.; Haus, Joseph W.; Kaechele, Walter; Shaulov, Gary; Teegarden, Kenneth J.; Theimer, James P.; Wicks, Gary W.

    1999-07-01

    A novel, compact, polarization insensitive mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser producing 2 ps pulses was constructed. The laser was passively mode-locked using a 75 period InGaAs/InAlAs multiple quantum well saturable absorber grown lattice matched on an InP substrate. The laser was constructed in a linear cavity, Fabry-Perot configuration with the saturable absorber at one end of the cavity and a chirped fiber Bragg grating at the other end. The output pulses are chirped and were further characterized by varying their energies and propagating them down different lengths of standard optical fiber. The laser cavity was modeled using the complex Ginzburg-Landau equation derived under the condition that nonlinear changes to the pulse must be small per round-trip. The contribution of the semiconductor saturable absorber was modeled using a two-level rate equation. The free carrier absorption within the semiconductor contributes to the refractive index which was shown numerically to result in an additional frequency shift. The modeling is in close agreement with the pulse propagation experiments.

  2. Power-scalable 1.57 microm mode-locked semiconductor disk laser using wafer fusion.

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    Saarinen, Esa J; Puustinen, Janne; Sirbu, Alexei; Mereuta, Alexandru; Caliman, Andrei; Kapon, Eli; Okhotnikov, Oleg G

    2009-10-15

    We report the first (to our knowledge) wafer-fused high-power passively mode-locked semiconductor disk laser operating at 1.57 microm wavelength. An InP-based active medium was fused with GaAs/AlGaAs distributed Bragg reflector on a 2 inch wafer level, resulting in an integrated monolithic gain mirror. An intracavity wedged diamond heat-spreader capillary bonded to the gain chip provides efficient heat removal from the gain structure without disturbing the spectrum of the mode-locked laser. The laser produces over 0.6 W of average output power at 15 degrees C with 16 ps pulse width. The total output power accounting for all output beams emerging from the cavity was 0.86 W. The results reveal an essential advantage of wafer fusion processing of disparate materials over monolithically grown InP-based gain structures and demonstrate the high potential of this technique for power scaling of long-wavelength semiconductor disk lasers. PMID:19838252

  3. Short-pulse fiber lasers mode-locked by carbon nanotube and graphene

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    Yamashita, Shinji; Set, Sze Y.; Xu, Bo

    2014-09-01

    We review the optical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene and describe how those properties have been used for the implementation of various nonlinear fiber optic applications. Early studies on the optical properties of CNTs in the late 90s revealed that these materials exhibit high third order susceptibility and a broadband saturable absorption with a sub-picosecond response time. Recent discovery of similar nonlinear optical properties in graphene attracts much attention in this field. Such ultrafast, highly nonlinear optical response means that they can be employed for noise suppression and for the mode-locking of fiber lasers, and in addition, their high third order nonlinearity holds great promise for the implementation of various other nonlinear fiber optic devices such as wavelength converters based on four wave mixing. In this paper, we will discuss the various methods that have been considered thus far for the integration of CNTs and graphene in optical systems and highlight the advantages and limitations of using the saturable absorption of CNTs and graphene for the passive mode-locking of fiber lasers, and the current status of CNT and graphene saturable absorbers in the state of art fiber laser technologies.

  4. Digital-wavelength ytterbium fiber laser mode-locked with MoS2

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    Wang, Shiwei; Zhou, Yan; Wang, Yao; Yan, Shuo; Li, Yue; Zheng, Wanguo; Deng, Ying; Zhu, Qihua; Xu, Jianqiu; Tang, Yulong

    2016-05-01

    In this letter, we report a digital-wavelength ytterbium-doped fiber laser passively mode-locked with layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). The MoS2 based saturable absorber (SA) is made by solution coating the MoS2 solution on a gold mirror, showing modulation depth and saturation intensity of 11.4% and 1.37 MW cm‑2, respectively. The output pulse has duration of ~300 ps, 3 dB spectral width of ~0.5 nm and maximum output power of 2.6 mW. The mode-locked fundamental frequency is 2.67 MHz with a ~36 dB signal-to-noise ratio. Through tuning the polarization controller (PC) and squeezing/stretching the single mode fiber in the ring cavity, four-bit digital wavelength emission is achieved. It is proposed that the digital-wavelength tuning feature of fiber lasers can be employed in coding and signal processing.

  5. Neodymium laser with negative feedback: Suppression of self-mode-locking, control of mode-locking regime

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    Kozlova, M. V.; Smirnov, A. M.; Al-Khuzheyri, R. M.; Mantsevich, V. N.; Dneprovskii, V. S.

    2015-08-01

    A simple way of suppression of self-mode-locking in a nanosecond Q-switched Nd3+:YAlO3 laser by placing an element introducing a negative feedback into the laser cavity, which consists of a plate of singlecrystal GaAs exhibiting two-photon absorption (complete suppression) or a cell containing colloidal solution of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (partial suppression), is implemented. Placing the element introducing the negative feedback into the cavity of a pulsed picosecond mode-locked Nd3+:Y3Al5O12 laser allowed an increase in the number of pulses in the pulse train and a change in the energy distribution between the pulses. Specificities of laser oscillation regimes in the presence of a nonlinear absorbing element in the cavity were analyzed by numerically solving the set of balance equations describing the population inversion density and the photon flux density in the cavity.

  6. 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

    2015-03-01

    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. PMID:25836862

  7. Dual-wavelength synchronous operation of a mode-locked 2-μm Tm:CaYAlO4 laser.

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    Kong, L C; Qin, Z P; Xie, G Q; Xu, X D; Xu, J; Yuan, P; Qian, L J

    2015-02-01

    We experimentally demonstrated dual-wavelength synchronous operation of a high-power passively mode-locked 2-μm Tm:CaYAlO4 (Tm:CYA) disordered crystal laser with semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) as mode locker. The mode-locked laser emitted an average output power as high as 830 mW with pulse duration of 35.3 ps and repetition rate of 145.4 MHz. The mode-locking dual wavelengths were centered at 1958.9 nm and 1960.6 nm, respectively. Autocorrelation trace clearly shows beating pulses with pulse width of 3.5 ps and repetition rate of 0.13 THz. PMID:25680046

  8. Fabrication, optimization, and characterization of monolithic semiconductor mode-locked lasers and colliding, pulse mode-locked lasers at millimeter-wave frequencies

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    Passerini, Marco; Sorel, Marc; Laybourn, Peter J.; Giuliani, Guido; Donati, Silvano

    2004-09-01

    This work reports on the fabrication, optimisation and characterisation of monolithic mode-locked lasers (MLLs) and colliding-pulse mode-locked (CPM) lasers with repetition rate in the range 10-60 GHz. The devices consist of double section split-contact ridge waveguide lasers fabricated in GaAs/AlGaAs double quantum well (DQW) material. For CPM devices, the saturable absorber section was fabricated with a coplanar ground-signal-ground (G-S-G) pad structure. The optimum saturable absorber size for efficient mode-locking is found experimentally. The fabricated devices are characterised in terms of operating regimes (Continuous Wave, Self-Pulsation, Mode-Locking) and the mode-locking signals were observed in the frequency domain using an external fast photodiode. In the case of CPM devices a mm-wave signal could also be extracted directly from the saturable absorber section of the laser using a microwave probe.

  9. Inter-comb synchronization by mode-to-mode locking

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    Chun, Byung Jae; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2016-08-01

    Two combs of fiber femtosecond lasers are synchronized through the optical frequency reference created by injection-locking of a diode laser to a single comb mode. Maintaining a mHz-level narrow linewidth, the optical frequency reference permits two combs to be stabilized by mode-to-mode locking with a relative stability of 1.52  ×  10‑16 at 10 s with a frequency slip of 2.46 mHz. This inter-comb synchronization can be utilized for applications such as dual-comb spectroscopy or ultra-short pulse synthesis without extra narrow-linewidth lasers.

  10. Picosecond Measurements with Mode-Locked CW Lasers.

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    Mosaad, Neamat Roushdy M.

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. The characteristics of output pulses from a synchronously and hybridly mode-locked CW Rhodamine 6G dye laser were studied in detail by both spectral and temporal measurements. In a synchronous system, the observed spectrum was found to change from deeply channelled to nearly smooth according to the position of the birefringent filter. The output pulses were nearly transform-limited and believed to have a single-sided exponential shape. Hybridly CW mode-locked dye laser was a more reliable source for generating broadly tunable subpicosecond pulses, compared to a synchronously mode-locked laser. With carefull adjustment of the dye laser and the saturable absorber concentration (DQOCI) mixed with R6G in a single dye jet stream, pulses as short as 0.21 ps have been obtained with a compression factor of 5. The observed spectrum showed asymmetric broadening at the long-wavelength side alone. The SHG autocorrelation traces showed broad wings with exponential-like shape. The time-bandwidth product for these pulses were about three to seven times larger than that for the transform-limited pulse with single-sided exponential shape. This suggest that the pulse is largely frequency-chirped which can consistently be explained by taking into account the nonlinear process of self-phase modulation due to optical Kerr effect in a mixed dye jet stream. The timing pulse jitter was reduced by a factor of 2.4 due to mode-locking stabilization. Optical pulse compression utilizing nonlinear propagation in single-mode fibres was studied. The propagation in the fibre broadens and chirps the pulse due to the combined action of group velocity dispersion and self-phase modulation. The channelled spectrum disappeared completely and a smooth Gaussian shape was observed with the same overall width. The pulse can then be compressed by passage through a suitable dispersive delay line. Short pulses were obtained with a

  11. A practical topological insulator saturable absorber for mode-locked fiber laser

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    Yan, Peiguang; Lin, Rongyong; Ruan, Shuangchen; Liu, Aijiang; Chen, Hao; Zheng, Yuequn; Chen, Sifan; Guo, Chunyu; Hu, Juguang

    2015-03-01

    A novel saturable absorber (SA) was fabricated by coating the topological insulator (TI) film on microfiber using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The TISA device had an insertion loss of ~1.25 dB, a saturable intensity of 26.7 MW/cm2, a modulation depth of ~5.7%, and a nonsaturable loss of 20.5%. Upon employing this SA device, we established a passively mode-locked EDFL and achieved nearly free-chirped soliton pulse with 286 fs of pulse duration and >73 dB of signal to noise ratio (SNR). This result clearly evidences that the PLD is an effective scheme for practical SA device fabrication.

  12. A practical topological insulator saturable absorber for mode-locked fiber laser

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    Yan, Peiguang; Lin, Rongyong; Ruan, Shuangchen; Liu, Aijiang; Chen, Hao; Zheng, Yuequn; Chen, Sifan; Guo, Chunyu; Hu, Juguang

    2015-01-01

    A novel saturable absorber (SA) was fabricated by coating the topological insulator (TI) film on microfiber using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The TISA device had an insertion loss of ~1.25 dB, a saturable intensity of 26.7 MW/cm2, a modulation depth of ~5.7%, and a nonsaturable loss of 20.5%. Upon employing this SA device, we established a passively mode-locked EDFL and achieved nearly free-chirped soliton pulse with 286 fs of pulse duration and >73 dB of signal to noise ratio (SNR). This result clearly evidences that the PLD is an effective scheme for practical SA device fabrication. PMID:25732598

  13. A practical topological insulator saturable absorber for mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Yan, Peiguang; Lin, Rongyong; Ruan, Shuangchen; Liu, Aijiang; Chen, Hao; Zheng, Yuequn; Chen, Sifan; Guo, Chunyu; Hu, Juguang

    2015-01-01

    A novel saturable absorber (SA) was fabricated by coating the topological insulator (TI) film on microfiber using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The TISA device had an insertion loss of ~1.25 dB, a saturable intensity of 26.7 MW/cm(2), a modulation depth of ~5.7%, and a nonsaturable loss of 20.5%. Upon employing this SA device, we established a passively mode-locked EDFL and achieved nearly free-chirped soliton pulse with 286 fs of pulse duration and >73 dB of signal to noise ratio (SNR). This result clearly evidences that the PLD is an effective scheme for practical SA device fabrication. PMID:25732598

  14. Intra-cavity frequency-doubled mode-locked semiconductor disk laser at 325 nm.

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    Bek, Roman; Baumgärtner, Stefan; Sauter, Fabian; Kahle, Hermann; Schwarzbäck, Thomas; Jetter, Michael; Michler, Peter

    2015-07-27

    We present a passively mode-locked semiconductor disk laser (SDL) emitting at 650nm with intra-cavity second harmonic generation to the ultraviolet (UV) spectral range. Both the gain and the absorber structure contain InP quantum dots (QDs) as active material. In a v-shaped cavity using the semiconductor samples as end mirrors, a beta barium borate (BBO) crystal is placed in front of the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) for pulsed UV laser emission in one of the two outcoupled beams. Autocorrelation (AC) measurements at the fundamental wavelength reveal a FWHM pulse duration of 1.22ps. With a repetition frequency of 836MHz, the average output power is 10mW per beam for the red emission and 0.5mW at 325nm. PMID:26367654

  15. 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.

    2015-05-01

    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.

  16. 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

    2008-03-31

    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 {approx}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. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Optimal operating regime of saturable absorbers in mode-locked lasers

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    Narovlyanskaya, N.M.; Tikhonov, E.A.

    1982-01-01

    An investigation was made of ultrashort pulse generation by passive mode locking in a rhodamine 6G jet laser with pulsed laser pumping of up to 300 nsec duration. In order to obtain single ultrashort pulses per axial period in these systems, it was essential to reduce their time of formation to several loop passes. It was shown experimentally that the rate of formation of ultrashort pulses is influenced appreciably by the nonlinear absorber dye and, for a given intracavity intensity, the best dyes are those having a purely electronic transition near the lasing frequency. In this case, the critical bleaching intensity and relaxation time are minimized as a result of the increased role of stimulated resonance transitions in the dye modulator. Optimal types of polymethine dyes are suggested for nonlinear absorbers of tunable ultrashort-pulse rhodamine 6G lasers.

  20. Efficient diode-pumped self-mode-locking Yb:LYSO laser

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    Liu, J.; Wang, W. W.; Liu, C. C.; Fan, X. W.; Zheng, L. H.; Su, L. B.; Xu, J.

    2010-02-01

    We demonstrated a Kerr-lens self-mode-locked Yb:(Lu0.5Y0.5)2SiO5 (Yb:LYSO) laser for the first time, which was independent of active or passive modulators as well as hard diaphragm inside cavity. An output power of 3.08 W with a repetition rate of 99 MHz was obtained using a pump power of 16.48 W. The pulse duration estimated from this measurement was 7.8 ps at 1058 nm. Meanwhile, pulse energy of 31.1 nJ with output peak power up to 3.99 kW were generated in this system.

  1. Dispersion-compensation-free femtosecond Tm-doped all-fiber laser with a 248  MHz repetition rate.

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    Sun, Biao; Luo, Jiaqi; Ng, Boon Ping; Yu, Xia

    2016-09-01

    In this Letter, we report a dispersion-compensation-free ultrafast thulium-doped all-fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) mode locking, delivering 330 fs soliton pulses at 1950 nm. A multifunctional hybrid fiberized device was applied in the oscillator to minimize the physical cavity length to ∼80  cm with a total dispersion of -0.045  ps2, enabling a state-of-the-art fundamental mode-locking repetition rate of 248 MHz in an NPE-based oscillator at ∼2  μm. PMID:27607970

  2. 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

  3. Harmonically mode-locked erbium-doped waveguide laser

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    Fanto, Michael L.; Malowicki, John E.; Bussjager, Rebecca J.; Johns, Steven T.; Vettese, Elizabeth K.; Hayduk, Michael J.

    2004-08-01

    The generation of ultrastable picosecond pulses in the 1550 nm range is required for numerous applications that include photonic analog-to-digital converter systems and high-bit rate optical communication systems. Mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring lasers (EDFLs) are typically used to generate pulses at this wavelength. In addition to timing stability and output power, the physical size of the laser cavity is of primary importance to the Air Force. The length of the erbium (Er)-doped fiber used as the gain medium may be on the order of meters or even tens of meters which adds complexity to packaging. However, with the recent advancements in the production of multi-component glasses, higher doping concentrations can be achieved as compared to silicate glasses. Even more recent is the introduction of Er-doped multi-component glass waveguides, thus allowing the overall footprint of the gain medium to be reduced. We have constructed a novel harmonically mode-locked fiber ring laser using the Er-doped multi-component glass waveguide as the gain medium. The performance characteristics of this Er-doped waveguide laser (EDWL) including pulse width, spectral width, harmonic suppression, optical output power, laser stability and single sideband residual phase noise will be discussed in this paper.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Broadband Fourier-domain mode-locked lasers

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    Hsu, Kevin; Meemon, Panomsak; Lee, Kye-Sung; Delfyett, Peter J.; Rolland, Jannick P.

    2011-09-01

    Broadband, high-speed wavelength-swept lasers can substantially enhance applications in optical coherence tomography, chemical spectroscopy, and fiber-optic sensing. We report the demonstration of Fourier-domain mode-lock lasers operating at about 90 kHz effective sweep rate over a 158 nm sweep range using a single-band design and over a 284 nm sweep range across the 1.3 μm to 1.5 μm wavelength spectrum using a unique broadband design. A novel dual-detection full-range Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography system is developed which provides 7 μm axial resolution (in air) at about 90 kHz axial scan rate for mirror-image resolved Doppler imaging in a human finger and an African frog tadpole.

  11. Mode-locked Cr4+: YAG laser: model and experiment

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    Theimer, J.; Hayduk, M.; Krol, M. F.; Haus, J. W.

    1997-02-01

    A mode-locked Cr 4+:YAG laser was simulated using a complex Landau-Ginzburg equation. The pulse widths and spectrum were determined as a function of laser tuning over a range from 1470 nm to 1550 nm. Simulations exhibit the same trend as the experimental data and the magnitudes are in reasonable agreement, as well. We are able to analytically estimate the pulse width, which is controlled by the cavity dispersion and the pulse energy. We find that the absorber saturation is responsible for determining the pulse energies. The experimentally observed pulse widths widen for long wavelengths; our simulations attribute this to dispersion and to a wavelength-dependent reduction of the saturable absorber modulation combined with the effect of gain saturation.

  12. Dissipative soliton resonances in all-fiber Er-Yb double clad figure-8 laser.

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    Krzempek, Karol

    2015-11-30

    First demonstration of exploiting Dissipative Soliton Resonance (DSR) effects for generating high energy square-shaped pulses in an all-fiber mode-locked Double Clad (DC) erbium-ytterbium (Er-Yb) figure-8 laser (F8L) is presented. The laser was capable of generating 170 ns pulses with an average power of 1.7 W at 800 kHz repetition rate, which corresponds to a record pulse energy of 2.13 μJ, achieved directly from the resonator, without Q-switching, cavity dumping or additional amplifiers. Unique circulator-based out-coupling of high energy pulses in the directional loop is proposed as a method of preventing damage to the all-fiber setup. Appropriate laser design allowed utilizing Peak Power Clamping (PPC) effect for linear pulse duration tuning via changing the pump power. PMID:26698697

  13. 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.

  14. Orthogonally polarized bright-dark pulse pair generation in mode-locked fiber laser with a large-angle tilted fiber grating

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    Zhang, Zuxing; Mou, Chengbo; Yan, Zhijun; Sun, Zhongyuan; Zhang, Lin

    2016-06-01

    We report on the generation of orthogonally polarized bright-dark pulse pair in a passively mode-locked fiber laser with a large-angle tilted fiber grating (LA-TFG). The unique polarization properties of the LA-TFG, i.e., polarization-dependent loss and polarization-mode splitting, enable dual-wavelength mode-locking operation. Besides dual-wavelength bright pulses with uniform polarization at two different wavelengths, the bright-dark pulse pair has also been achieved. It is found that the bright-dark pulse pair is formed due to the nonlinear couplings between lights with two orthogonal polarizations and two different wavelengths. Furthermore, harmonic mode-locking of bright-dark pulse pair has been observed. The obtained bright-dark pulse pair could find potential use in secure communication system. It also paves the way to manipulate the generation of dark pulse in terms of wavelength and polarization, using specially designed fiber grating for mode-locking.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Experimental study on the self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

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    Qi-rong, Xing; Wei-li, Zhang; Wei, Lu; Yoo, K. M.; Lueng, J.

    1996-01-01

    The role of gain aperture in self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser was verified in our experiments. The observation of self-Q switching of self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser is reported. And tuning pulse duration from 50 fs to 14.5 ps was achieved.

  19. Kerr lens mode-locking of solid state lasers with thermal lensing

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    Huang, X.G.; Huang, F.R.; Yu, Z.X.; Lee, W.K.

    1996-12-31

    Aberrative nonlinear transfer matrices are introduced to treat the propagation of laser beam in Kerr medium with thermal lensing. The dependence of mode-locking regions on cavity symmetry and the distance between the fold mirror and the crystal, and the optimal arrangement for Kerr-lens mode-locking are discussed with ABCD matrix method.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

    2016-05-01

    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.

  3. 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

  4. High order harmonic mode-locking in an all-normal-dispersion Yb-doped fiber laser with a graphene oxide saturable absorber

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    Huang, S. S.; Wang, Y. G.; Yan, P. G.; Zhang, G. L.; Zhao, J. Q.; Li, H. Q.; Lin, R. Y.

    2014-01-01

    A high order passive harmonic mode-locking (HML) Yb-doped all-normal-dispersion fiber laser based on a graphene oxide saturable absorber has been experimentally demonstrated. For two different pump powers and different polarization states of the laser cavity, lower order and higher order HML have been achieved. The highest 30th-order harmonic (31.86 MHz) was achieved with subnanosecond pulse duration; this is transitional from a bunched multipulse state.

  5. Diode-Pumped Mode-Locked LiSAF Laser

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    1996-02-01

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

  6. Phase stabilization of an actively mode-locked ring laser

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    Takada, Akira; Saika, Makoto; Nagano, Shigenori

    2015-03-01

    A phase-resolved system based on swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) has to incorporate a phase-stabilized wavelength-swept light source. The phase variation is induced by fluctuation of a beginning swept frequency. The conventional phase-sensitive SS-OCTs use a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) in order to avoid A-scan trigger fluctuations. However this method does not always solve the trigger fluctuation problem. In actively mode-locked ring lasers (AMLLs), the beginning swept frequency fluctuates by abrupt frequency change between the end of a sweep and the beginning of the subsequent one. To overcome this issue, we proposes a new phase stabilization method. By employing the method with an auxiliary reference configuration, the sweeping phase has successfully stabilized because the timing jitter is calculated by interference signals from the auxiliary reference path. In this research, we have proposed the phase stabilization method that has nanometer sensitivity with millisecond response. In addition, the method has successfully suppressed the depth dependence of phase instability.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. PMID:23005793

  9. Mode-Locking Dynamics of Hair Cells of the Inner Ear

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

    2012-01-01

    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. PMID:23005793

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Terahertz radiation using log-spiral-based low-temperature-grown InGaAs photoconductive antenna pumped by mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser.

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

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a terahertz (THz) radiation using log-spiral-based low-temperature-grown (LTG) InGaAs photoconductive antenna (PCA) modules and a passively mode-locked 1030 nm Yb-doped fiber laser. The passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser is easily implemented with nonlinear polarization rotation in the normal dispersion using a 10-nm spectral filter. The laser generates over 250 mW of the average output power with positively chirped 1.58 ps pulses, which are dechirped to 127 fs pulses using a pulse compressor outside the laser cavity. In order to obtain THz radiation, a home-made emitter and receiver constructed from log-spiral-based LTG InGaAs PCA modules were used to generate and detect THz signals, respectively. We successfully achieved absorption lines over 1.5 THz for water vapor in free space. Therefore, we confirm that a mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser has the potential to be used as an optical source to generate THZ waves. PMID:27136997

  13. 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%.

  14. 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.

  15. Cascaded mode-locking of a spectrally controlled Yb:KYW laser

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    Meiser, Niels; Seger, Kai; Pasiskevicius, Valdas; Zukauskas, Andrius; Canalias, Carlota; Laurell, Fredrik

    2014-08-01

    Self-starting and stable mode-locking of an Yb:KYW laser in the picoseconds pulse regime has been achieved by exploiting a positive cascaded Kerr lens in periodically poled KTP. The use of a volume Bragg grating (VBG), for locking the output spectrum of the laser, was essential to achieve a stable mode-locked operation in this wide gain bandwidth laser material. The laser emitted stable, nearly transform-limited pulses with a duration of 16 ps, at a repetition rate of 210 MHz, and with an energy of 3.2 nJ. The mode-locked spectrum was centred at 1,029.1 nm and featured a FWHM bandwidth of 85 pm, which was effectively determined by the VBG. Combination of a large cascaded Kerr nonlinearity with spectral limiting by a VBG represents so far the best opportunity for stable mode-locking of a broadband laser to produce near-transform-limited picosecond pulses.

  16. Pulse dynamics in carbon nanotube mode-locked fiber lasers near zero cavity dispersion.

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    Wang, Jinzhang; Cai, Zhiping; Xu, Ping; Du, Geguo; Wang, Fengqiu; Ruan, Shuangchen; Sun, Zhipei; Hasan, Tawfique

    2015-04-20

    We numerically and experimentally analyze the output characteristics and pulse dynamics of carbon nanotube mode-locked fiber lasers near zero cavity dispersion (from 0.02 to ~-0.02 ps(2)). We focus on such near zero dispersion cavities to reveal the dispersion related transition between different mode-locking regimes (such as soliton-like, stretched-pulse and self-similar regimes). Using our proposed model, we develop a nanotube-mode-locked fiber laser setup generating ~97 fs pulse which operates in the stretched-pulse regime. The corresponding experimental results and pulse dynamics are in good agreement with the numerical results. Also, the experimental results from soliton-like and self-similar regimes exhibit the same trends with simulations. Our study will aid design of different mode-locking regimes based on other new saturable absorber materials to achieve ultra-short pulse duration. PMID:25969036

  17. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:26967924

  18. Mode locking of diode- and flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG lasers using semiconductor saturable absorbers

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    Dombrovsky, Andrej; Kubecek, Vaclav; Zvonicek, K.; Diels, Jean-Claude M.; Stintz, Andreas

    2003-07-01

    Operation of laser diode and flash lamp pumped Nd:YAG lasers mode locked with two different types of semiconductor saturable absorbers is reported. In the first type that is used mainly in diode pumped systems the absorber layers are integrated on highly reflective Bragg mirror. The second type is for use in transmission mode inside the resonator. Different design of semiconductor elements, pumping geometries and resonator configurations were investigated and characteristics of laser operation in mode-locked regime are presented.

  19. 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. PMID:25680135

  20. All-fiber smooth supercontinuum generation in highly nonlinear dispersion-shifted fiber

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    Zhang, Xianming; Gu, Chun; Xu, Lixin; Wang, Anting; Chen, Guoliang; Zheng, Huan; Zheng, Rui; Fu, Huaiduo; Ming, Hai

    2009-11-01

    Supercontinuum(SC) source has found numerous applications, such as DWDM, frequency metrology, optical coherence tomography, and optical measurement. We demonstrate an all-fiber supercontimuun source generated in highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF). The HNLF is pumped by our mode-locked fiber laser with pulse width and peak power, 21.1ps and kW, respectively. An ultra-broadband supercontinuum extends from 1000 nm to 1750 nm is obtained, and the spectrum is flat with the amplitude variation less than 4dB except around the fiber zero dispersion wavelength. The spectrum of our supercontinuum source can extend beyond 1750 nm, but due to the limitation of the measured range of optical spectrum analyzer (AQ6317B), the spectrum of the supercontinuum source beyond 1750 nm is not yet obtained in our lab now. The spectral broadening mechanism of smoothed supercontinnum is considered by the higher-order soliton fission and their blue-shifted dispersive wave.

  1. 20 nJ 200 fs all-fiber highly chirped dissipative soliton oscillator.

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    Kharenko, D S; Podivilov, E V; Apolonski, A A; Babin, S A

    2012-10-01

    The dissipative solitons (DS) generated in fiber oscillators with mode-locking mechanism based on nonlinear polarization evolution in a single-mode fiber exhibit stability and energy limits at the cavity lengthening. We demonstrate an alternative approach that enables us to increase the cavity length of the DS oscillator up to 30 m, namely, by the use of a long section of polarization-maintaining (PM) fiber in an all-fiber cavity configuration. We have also identified the next limit of energy scaling related to the onset of Raman conversion of the DS spectrum. The maximum energy of the stable highly chirped DS realized with a 5.5 μm core PM fiber, amounts to ~20 nJ in ~200 fs pulses after a grating compressor. As a next step, energy scaling by means of a fiber core enlargement is discussed. PMID:23027293

  2. Pulse-Width Saturation and Kelly-Sideband Shift in a Graphene-Nanosheet Mode-Locked Fiber Laser with Weak Negative Dispersion

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    Yang, Chun-Yu; Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Chi, Yu-Chieh; Wu, Chung-Lun; Lo, Jui-Yung; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2015-04-01

    The optimized soliton mode locking of the erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) and its pulse-shortening dynamic with the graphene nanosheet is demonstrated by precisely detuning the weakly negative group-delay dispersion (GDD) and maintaining strong self-phase-modulation (SPM), to obtain the shortest pulse width of 449 fs with a spectral linewidth of 6.02 nm. The pulse evolution with the mode-locking mechanism changing from the self-amplitude-modulation of the saturable absorber, to the soliton compression caused by the GDD and SPM is experimentally and numerically investigated in detail. Under high pumping powers, the enlarged up-chirp inside the EDFL cavity can induce a significant Kelly-sideband shift of up to 0.5 nm. The passively-mode-locked EDFL pulse width is controllable by detuning the GDD and SPM parameters, so that the pulse width can be compressed from 642 to 449 fs while reducing the negative GDD from -0.354 to -0.154 ps2 . The compression ratio can be also improved by strengthening the SPM at this stage.

  3. Ultrawide broadband photonic source based on a new design of mode-locked erbium-doped fibre laser

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    Jarabo, S.; Salgado-Remacha, F. J.

    2015-09-01

    Pulses with a spectral width of 134 nm at  -6 dBm nm-1 and 223 nm at  -20 dBm nm-1, covering L-band and U-band and longer wavelengths (even beyond 1700 nm), are achieved by means of a new design of passive mode-locked erbium-doped fibre laser. This source includes a C/L-band filter inside a ring cavity with an L-band erbium-doped fibre amplifier as active medium and its output pulses are amplified by means of a second L-band amplifier. It is demonstrated that output spectra are clearly broadened due to the presence of the C/L band filter.

  4. Single-section quantum well mode-locked laser for 400 Gb/s SSB-OFDM transmission.

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    Calò, Cosimo; Vujicic, Vidak; Watts, Regan; Browning, Colm; Merghem, Kamel; Panapakkam, Vivek; Lelarge, Francois; Martinez, Anthony; Benkelfat, Badr-Eddine; Ramdane, Abderrahim; Barry, Liam P

    2015-10-01

    Successful use of a single-section quantum well (QW) passively mode-locked laser (MLL) as a comb source for optical interconnects is demonstrated for the first time. Sixteen comb lines spaced by 37.6 GHz are modulated using 25 Gb/s compatible single sideband orthogonal frequency division multiplexed (SSB-OFDM) signals and transmitted over 50 km of standard single-mode fiber with bit error ratio below the 7% forward error correction limit. The system performance, analyzed on the basis of the relative intensity noise of the device, reveal the suitability of single-section QW MLLs as inexpensive comb sources for inter- and intra-data center communication scenarios. PMID:26480157

  5. Dual-wavelength operation of continuous-wave and mode-locked erbium-doped fiber lasers

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    Pottiez, O.; Martinez-Rios, A.; Monzon-Hernandez, D.; Ibarra-Escamilla, B.; Kuzin, E. A.; Hernandez-Garcia, J. C.

    2012-06-01

    We study numerically and experimentally multiple-wavelength operation of an erbium-doped figure-eight fiber laser including a multiple-bandpass optical filter formed by two concatenated fiber tapers. Both continuous-wave and pulsed operations are considered. In the continuous-wave regime, stable long-term operation at multiple closely spaced wavelengths is only obtained if fine adjustments of the cavity losses are performed. Under these conditions, simultaneous lasing at up to four wavelengths separated by 1.5 nm was observed experimentally. Tunable single-wavelength operation over more than 20 nm is also observed in the continuous-wave regime. In the passive mode locking regime, numerical simulations indicate that mechanisms involving the filter losses and the nonlinear transmission characteristic of the NOLM contribute in principle to stabilize dual-wavelength operation, allowing less demanding cavity loss adjustments. In this regime, the problem of synchronization between the pulse trains generated at each wavelength adds an additional dimension to the problem. In presence of cavity dispersion, the pulses at each wavelength tend to be asynchronous if the wavelength separation is large, however they can be synchronous in the case of closely spaced wavelengths, if cross-phase modulation is able to compensate for the dispersion-induced walkoff. Experimentally, fundamental and 2nd-order harmonic mode locking was observed, characterized by the generation of noise-like pulses. Finally, a regime of multi-wavelength passive Q-switching was also observed. We believe that this work will be helpful to guide the design of multiple-wavelength fiber laser sources, which are attractive for a wide range of applications including Wavelength Division Multiplexing transmissions, signal processing and sensing.

  6. 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.

  7. A harmonically mode-locked dark soliton and bright–dark soliton pair ytterbium fiber laser

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    Lv, Zhiguo; Teng, Hao; Fang, Shaobo; Jia, Haotian; Wang, Lina; Wang, Junli; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-06-01

    We report on an experimental study of a dark soliton and bright–dark soliton pair, harmonically mode-locked, all normal dispersion (ANDi) ytterbium fiber laser with a long cavity length. Mode-locked output up to the fourth harmonic with respect to the fundamental repetition rate has been realized. To the best of our knowledge, this the first such demonstration so far in ANDi mode-locked ytterbium fiber lasers with a birefringence filter as spectral modulation component. The experimentally recorded mode-locked spectrum shows that the generation of a dark soliton is always accompanied by strong continuous-wave emission. Furthermore, by changing the pump power, the fundamental bright–dark soliton pair mode-locked operation can be evolved into the state of the second order bright soliton coexisting with the fundamental dark soliton. Additionally, bright–dark soliton pairs, which are symmetric relative to the vertical coordinate, can be interconverted by rotating waveplates in a fixed maximum pump power condition. The generation of the dark pulse is probably due to the large normal dispersion introduced in the ring cavity except for the nonlinearity.

  8. High-average-power actively-mode-locked Tm3+ fiber lasers

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    Eckerle, Michael; Kieleck, Christelle; Hübner, Philipp; Świderski, Jacek; Jackson, Stuart D.; Mazé, Gwenael; Eichhorn, Marc

    2012-02-01

    Fiber lasers emitting in the 2 μm wavelength range doped with thulium ions can be used as highly efficient pump sources for nonlinear converters to generate mid-infrared radiation. For spectroscopic purposes, illumination and countermeasures, a broad mid-infrared emission spectrum is advantageous. This can be reached by supercontinuum generation in fibers, e.g. fluoride fibers, which up to now has, however, only been presented with either low average power, complex Raman-shifted 1.55 μm pump sources or multi-stage amplifier pump schemes. Here we present recent results of a new actively-mode-locked single-oscillator scheme that can provide the high-repetition rate sub-ns pump pulses needed for pumping supercontinuum generators. A thulium-doped silica fiber laser is presented that provides > 11 W of average power CW-mode-locked pulses at 38 MHz repetition rate at ~ 38 ps pulse width. Upgrading the setup to allow Q-switched mode-locked operation yields mode-locked 40 MHz pulses arranged in 60 kHz bunched Q-switch envelopes and thus increases further the available peak power. In this Q-switched mode-locked regime over 5 W of average power has been achieved.

  9. 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.

  10. All-fiber femtosecond Cherenkov radiation source.

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    Liu, Xiaomin; Lægsgaard, Jesper; Møller, Uffe; Tu, Haohua; Boppart, Stephen A; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2012-07-01

    An all-fiber femtosecond source of spectrally isolated Cherenkov radiation is reported, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time. Using a monolithic, self-starting femtosecond Yb-doped fiber laser as the pump source and the combination of photonic crystal fibers as the wave-conversion medium, we demonstrate milliwatt-level, stable, and tunable Cherenkov radiation at visible wavelengths 580-630 nm, with pulse duration of sub-160-fs, and the 3 dB spectral bandwidth not exceeding 36 nm. Such an all-fiber Cherenkov radiation source is promising for practical applications in biophotonics such as bioimaging and microscopy. PMID:22743523

  11. 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.

  12. Mode-Locked Ultrashort Pulse Generation from On-Chip Normal Dispersion Microresonators

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    Huang, S.-W.; Zhou, H.; Yang, J.; McMillan, J. F.; Matsko, A.; Yu, M.; Kwong, D.-L.; Maleki, L.; Wong, C. W.

    2015-02-01

    We describe generation of stable mode-locked pulse trains from on-chip normal dispersion microresonators. The excitation of hyperparametric oscillation is facilitated by the local dispersion disruptions induced by mode interactions. The system is then driven from hyperparametric oscillation to the mode-locked state with over 200 nm spectral width by controlled pump power and detuning. With the continuous-wave-driven nonlinearity, the pulses sit on a pedestal, akin to a cavity soliton. We identify the importance of pump detuning and wavelength-dependent quality factors in stabilizing and shaping the pulse structure, to achieve a single pulse inside the cavity. We examine the mode-locking dynamics by numerically solving the master equation and provide analytic solutions under appropriate approximations.

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

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

    2016-07-15

    We have investigated the temporal intensity contrast characteristics from a broad range of mode-locked short-pulse oscillators used for seeding high-power terawatt and petawatt-class laser systems. Saturable absorber (SESAM), Kerr lens (KLM), nonlinear polarization evolution (NPE) in optical fibers and synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) mode-locked sources have been measured using a third-order autocorrelator with up to 1010 dynamic range. We restricted the temporal characterization to features <30  ps about the laser pulse that reflect fundamental mode-locking processes. We find additional nonlinear terms and residual higher-order dispersion limits the performance of KLM and NPE sources up to the 105 contrast level, while >108 contrast was observed from the SESAM and OPO laser pulse trains. PMID:27420500

  14. 2.4 GHz CMOS power amplifier with mode-locking structure to enhance gain.

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    Lee, Changhyun; Park, Changkun

    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 mm(2). PMID:25045755

  15. An actively mode-locked Ho: YAG solid laser pumped by a Tm: YLF laser

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    Yao, B. Q.; Cui, Z.; Wang, J.; Duan, X. M.; Dai, T. Y.; Du, Y. Q.; Yuan, J. H.; Liu, W.

    2015-02-01

    A continuous wave mode-locked (CWML) Ho: YAG laser based on an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) pumped by a 1.9 μm Tm: YLF laser is demonstrated. This is the first time a report on an active CWML Ho: YAG laser has been published. A maximum output power of 1.04 W at 2097.25 nm in the CWML regime is obtained at a pump power of 13.2 W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 13.3%. The mode-locked pulse repetition frequency is 82.76 MHz and the single pulse energy is 12.57 nJ. The mode-locked pulse width is 102 ps measured through a no-background second harmonic autocorrelation with KTP as the nonlinear crystal. Furthermore, the M2 factor is calculated to be 1.146.

  16. Analysis of cavities for self-starting Kerr-lens mode-locked lasers.

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    Xia, Jinan; Lee, Min Hee

    2002-01-20

    We used the ABCD law to derive the transfer matrix of beam propagation in a Kerr-lens mode-locked laser. On the basis of the transfer matrix and the formulas of the cavity stability G parameters that differ from the simple cavity g parameters, we give the expressions for Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) strength and some equations for cavity geometric parameters. The expressions and the equations can be used to construct a laser resonator to achieve self-starting oscillation of KLM. In addition we made a numerical simulation of the KLM strength at different positions in a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser. The numerical results provide a good explanation of some of the physical phenomena observed in our experiments. PMID:11905570

  17. 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

  18. Mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser based on tungsten disulphide

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    Guoyu, Heyang; Song, Yanrong; Li, Kexuan; Dou, Zhiyuan; Tian, Jinrong; Zhang, Xinping

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrated an all-normal-dispersion Yb-doped mode-locked fiber laser based on tungsten disulphide (WS2). The saturable absorbers (SA) were made by mixing WS2 solution with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), and then evaporated on a substrate. The modulation depth of the WS2 film was 2.06% and the saturable optical intensity was 71.6 MW cm-2. When the WS2 film was inserted into the fiber laser, the mode-locked pulses with pulse width of 2.5 ns and repetition rate of 2.84 MHz were obtained. As the pump power increased to 350 mW, the maximum output power was measured to be 8.02 mW. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time to realize mode-locked pulses based on WS2-SA at 1 μm waveband.

  19. Mode-locking pulse dynamics in a fiber laser with a saturable Bragg reflector

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    Kutz, J.N.; Collings, B.C.; Bergman, K.; Tsuda, S.; Cundiff, S.T.; Knox, W.H.; Holmes, P.; Weinstein, M.

    1997-10-01

    A theoretical model is developed for the pulse dynamics in a fiber laser mode locked by a saturable Bragg reflector and operating in regimes beyond the scope of the master mode-locking equation. An asymptotically valid mode-locked evolution equation is derived, which includes a heuristic model for the saturable Bragg reflector dynamics. The model employed allows, for the first time to our knowledge, direct comparison (with no free parameters) of the theoretical predictions of the pulse spectral and temporal profiles with experimental results in both the normal and anomalous dispersion regimes. Extensive numerical simulations of the governing evolution equation, an averaged equation, and analytical solutions are found to be in excellent agreement with experimental results. {copyright} 1997 Optical Society of America

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

  2. High power dissipative soliton in an Erbium-doped fiber laser mode-locked with a high modulation depth saturable absorber mirror.

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    Cabasse, A; Martel, G; Oudar, J L

    2009-06-01

    We report on a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser, using a high nonlinear modulation depth saturable absorber mirror, in a Fabry-Perot cavity. A segment of dispersion compensation fiber is added inside the cavity in order to build a high-positive dispersion regime. The setup produced highly chirped pulses with an energy of 1.8 nJ at a repetition rate of 33.5 MHz. Numerical simulations accurately reflect our experimental results and show that pulse-shaping in this laser could be interpreted as producing 'dissipative solitons'. PMID:19506601

  3. Ultralow-noise mode-locked laser with coupled optoelectronic oscillator configuration.

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    Yu, Nan; Salik, Ertan; Maleki, Lute

    2005-05-15

    We describe simultaneous generation of ultralow-noise optical pulses and microwave signal with a mode-locked fiber laser in a coupled optoelectronic oscillator configuration. We demonstrate 9.2-GHz optical and microwave signals with the measured phase noise of -140 dBc/Hz at 10-kHz offset frequency. We show that the mode-locked laser in the photonic oscillator serves as a high-Q filter and is responsible for the observed low phase noise. PMID:15943318

  4. Mode locking of a CW supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser

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    Phipps, S.P.; Helms, C.A.; Copland, R.J.; Rudolph, W.; Truesdell, K.A.; Hager, G.D.

    1996-12-01

    This paper presents the results of the first mode-locking experiments on a supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL). Mode locking has been achieved using an acoustooptic modulator (AOM) and lasing demonstrated on the TEM{sub 00} modes with a small intracavity aperture. A dc magnetic field was used to increase the number of axial modes and a peak power of 2.5 kW has been reached with a pulse width of 2.1 ns at a repetition rate of 43.68 MHz.

  5. Slow-light propagation using mode locking of spin precession in quantum dots

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    Shabaev, A.; Dutton, Z.; Kennedy, T. A.; Efros, Al. L.

    2010-11-15

    We propose using mode locking to enable coherent nonlinear optical effects in inhomogenously broadened spin ensembles. We carry out detailed calculations for quantum dot systems in which increased spin coherence via mode locking has been recently observed [A. Greilich et al., Science 313, 341 (2006); 317, 1896 (2007)]. We show how, in the presence of spin locking, a strong pulse-matching effect occurs, providing a powerful tool for high-bandwidth linear optical processing. We then go on to study 'slow light' in this system and show that high-bandwidth pulses can be controllably delayed by a time comparable to the pulse width.

  6. 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.

  7. Numerical analysis of fast saturable absorber mode-locked Yb(3+) lasers under large modulation depth.

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    Tokurakawa, Masaki; Shirakawa, Akira

    2015-10-01

    Numerical analysis of fast saturable absorber mode-locked Yb(3+)-doped solid state lasers is reported. The analysis includes a special case in which the spectral bandwidth of the short pulse is larger than the fluorescence bandwidth of the gain material. The relationship between the available shortest pulse duration and modulation depth for a standard bulk and thin disk laser geometries with several gain materials are shown. The characteristic phenomena observed in our previous Kerr-lens mode-locked laser experiments were reproduced in the simulation. PMID:26480142

  8. Monolithic colliding-pulse mode-locked quantum-well lasers

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    Chen, Youngkai; Wu, M.C. )

    1992-10-01

    Integration of the whole mode-locked laser onto a single piece of semiconductor offers a number of advantages, including total elimination of optical alignment processes, improved mechanical stability, and the generation of short optical pulses at much higher repetition frequencies. Semiconductor laser processing technologies were used to implement the colliding-pulse mode-locking (CPM) scheme, which is known to effectively shorten the pulses and increase stability, on a miniature monolithic semiconductor cavity. The principles of and recent progress in monolithic CPM quantum-well lasers are reviewed. 46 refs.

  9. High-power mode-locked hybrid pulse source using two-section laser diodes.

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    Morton, P A; Mizrahi, V; Tanbun-Ek, T; Logan, R A; Lemaire, P; Erdogan, T; Sciortino, P F; Sergent, A M; Wecht, K W

    1994-05-15

    We describe a mode-locked hybrid pulse source with a two-section laser diode to obtain short mode-locked pulses (23 ps) with an average power of 7.8 mW, a high peak power of 137 mW, and a repetition rate of 2.51 GHz. The hybrid laser incorporates a two-section laser and an optical fiber cavity with an integrated Bragg reflector. The Bragg reflector controls the operating wavelength to subnanometer precision and also confines the bandwidth of the pulses so as to keep the time-bandwidth product below 1. PMID:19844425

  10. 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. PMID:26907071

  11. Pulse-width stabilization of a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser

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    Rotman, S. R.; Roxlo, C. B.; Salour, M. M.; Bebelaar, D.

    1980-06-01

    Using an analog feedback loop acting on the mode-locker frequency of a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser, a substantial decrease of pulse-width variations at frequencies up to 10 kHz at the cost of an increase in higher-frequency noise was observed. A digital loop acting on the cavity length decreased noise at low frequencies. Using these methods, reproducible and stabilized frequency-tunable subpicosecond pulses were generated, and the effects of noise in the mode-locking frequency of the pumping Ar(+) laser and drift in the cavity length of the dye laser were determined.

  12. All Fiber Technology for High-Energy Petawatt Front End Laser Systems

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    Dawson, J W; Liao, Z M; Jovanovic, I; Wattellier, B; Beach, R; Payne, S A; Barty, C P J

    2003-09-05

    We are developing an all fiber front end for the next generation high-energy petawatt (HEPW) laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The ultimate goal of the LLNL HEPW effort is to generate 5-kJ pulses capable of compression to 5ps at 1053nm, enabling advanced x-ray backlighters and possible demonstration of fast ignition. We discuss the front-end of the laser design from the fiber master oscillator, which generates the mode-locked 20nm bandwidth initial pulses through the 10mJ output of the large flattened mode (LFM) fiber amplifier. Development of an all fiber front end requires technological breakthroughs in the key areas of the master oscillator and fiber amplification. Chirped pulse amplification in optical fibers has been demonstrated to 1mJ. Further increase is limited by the onset of stimulated Raman scattering (SRS). We have recently demonstrated a new flattened mode fiber technology, which reduces peak power for a given energy and thus the onset of SRS. Controlled experiments with 1st generation fibers yielded 0.5mJ of energy while significantly increasing the point at which nonlinear optical effects degrade the amplified pulse. In this paper we will discuss our efforts to extend this work to greater than 20mJ using our large flattened mode fiber amplifier.

  13. Picosecond pulses produced by mode locking a Nd:glass laser with Kodak dye number26

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    Schiller, N.H.; Foresti, M.; Alfano, R.R.

    1985-05-01

    Kodak dye number26 was used to generate picosecond laser pulses by mode locking a Nd:glass laser. The intensity profiles and characteristics of the pulses were compared with those of pulses emitted using dyes number5 and number9860.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. A mode-locked fiber laser with a chirped grating mirror

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    Haus, J. W.; Hayduk, M.; Kaechele, W.; Shaulov, G.; Theimer, J.; Teegarden, K.; Wicks, G.

    2000-01-01

    A novel fiber laser was built using a multiple-quantum well mode-locking element and a chirped fiber grating to balance dispersion and nonlinearity. Energetic pulses as short as 2 ps were generated in the cavity and propagated in a fiber to determine the pulse characteristics. Laser cavity modeling and pulse propagation simulations are in good agreement with experiments.

  17. 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.

  18. Vector solitons in harmonic mode-locked erbium-doped fiber lasers

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    Habruseva, Tatiana; Mkhitaryan, Mkhitar; Mou, Chengbo; Rozhin, Aleksey; Turitsyn, Sergei K.; Sergeyev, Sergey V.

    2014-05-01

    We report experimental study of vector solitons for the fundamental and harmonic mode-locked operation in erbiumdoper fiber lasers with carbon nanotubes based saturable absorbers and anomalous dispersion cavities. We measure evolution of the output pulses polarization and demonstrate vector solitons with various polarization attractors, including locked polarization, periodic polarization switching, and polarization precession.

  19. 14-W continuous-wave mode-locked Nd:YAG laser

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    De Silvestri, S.; Laporta, P.; Magni, V.

    1986-12-01

    A new design procedure for solid-state laser resonators operating in the fundamental mode is applied to the optimization of the mode volume and stability of a cw Nd:YAG laser. The optimized laser provides the highest power in the mode-locking regime reported to date.

  20. Electronically tunable thulium-holmium mode-locked fiber laser for the 1700-1800 nm wavelength band.

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    Noronen, Teppo; Okhotnikov, Oleg; Gumenyuk, Regina

    2016-06-27

    We demonstrate a widely tunable, mode-locked fiber laser capable of producing sub-picosecond pulses between 1705 and 1805 nm. The 100 nm tuning range is achieved by using intracavity acousto-optic tunable filter. The laser delivers highly stable pulses via self-starting hybrid mode-locking triggered by frequency-shifting and nonlinear polarization evolution. PMID:27410623

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. Two-dimensional material-based saturable absorbers: towards compact visible-wavelength all-fiber pulsed lasers

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    Luo, Zhengqian; Wu, Duanduan; Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping; Peng, Jian; Weng, Jian; Xu, Shuo; Zhu, Chunhui; Wang, Fengqiu; Sun, Zhipei; Zhang, Han

    2015-12-01

    Passive Q-switching or mode-locking by placing a saturable absorber inside the laser cavity is one of the most effective and popular techniques for pulse generation. However, most of the current saturable absorbers cannot work well in the visible spectral region, which seriously impedes the progress of passively Q-switched/mode-locked visible pulsed fibre lasers. Here, we report a kind of visible saturable absorber--two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs, e.g. WS2, MoS2, MoSe2), and successfully demonstrate compact red-light Q-switched praseodymium (Pr3+)-doped all-fibre lasers. The passive Q-switching operation at 635 nm generates stable laser pulses with ~200 ns pulse duration, 28.7 nJ pulse energy and repetition rate from 232 to 512 kHz. This achievement is attributed to the ultrafast saturable absorption of these layered TMDs in the visible region, as well as the compact and all-fibre laser-cavity design by coating a dielectric mirror on the fibre end facet. This work may open a new route for next-generation high-performance pulsed laser sources in the visible (even ultraviolet) range.Passive Q-switching or mode-locking by placing a saturable absorber inside the laser cavity is one of the most effective and popular techniques for pulse generation. However, most of the current saturable absorbers cannot work well in the visible spectral region, which seriously impedes the progress of passively Q-switched/mode-locked visible pulsed fibre lasers. Here, we report a kind of visible saturable absorber--two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs, e.g. WS2, MoS2, MoSe2), and successfully demonstrate compact red-light Q-switched praseodymium (Pr3+)-doped all-fibre lasers. The passive Q-switching operation at 635 nm generates stable laser pulses with ~200 ns pulse duration, 28.7 nJ pulse energy and repetition rate from 232 to 512 kHz. This achievement is attributed to the ultrafast saturable absorption of these layered TMDs in the visible

  4. Ultrafast characterization of semiconductor gain and absorber devices for mode-locked VECSELs

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    Baker, Caleb; Scheller, Maik; Yang, Hwang-Jye; Koch, Stephan W.; Jones, Ronald J.; Moloney, Jerome V.; Ruiz Perez, Antje; Stolz, Wolfgang; Addamane, Sadhvikas; Balakrishnan, Ganesh

    2016-03-01

    We present a comprehensive characterization of semiconductor gain and absorber devices utilizing novel measurement techniques. Using a 20fs probe laser, a time resolution in the few femtosecond range is achieved in traditional pump and probe measurements performed on VECSELs and SESAMs. In-situ characterizations of VECSEL samples mode-locked in the sub-500fs regime reveal the fast and longtime recoveries of the gain present in real lasing conditions. Spectrally-resolved probing gives further information about the properties of carriers in VECSEL gain media. Our results indicate that stable mode-locked operation is sustained by multiple carrier relaxation mechanisms ranging from a few femtoseconds to the pico- and nanosecond regimes.

  5. 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.

  6. Mode-locked dark pulse Kerr combs in normal-dispersion microresonators

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    Xue, Xiaoxiao; Xuan, Yi; Liu, Yang; Wang, Pei-Hsun; Chen, Steven; Wang, Jian; Leaird, Dan E.; Qi, Minghao; Weiner, Andrew M.

    2015-09-01

    The generation of Kerr frequency combs in a coherently driven nonlinear microresonator is now extensively investigated more generally by the research community as a potentially portable technology for a variety of applications. Here, we report experiments in which dark pulse combs are formed in normal-dispersion microresonators with mode-interaction-assisted excitation, and mode-locking transitions are observed in the normal-dispersion regime. The mode-interaction-aided excitation of dark pulses appears to occur through a deterministic pathway, in sharp contrast to the situation for bright pulses in the anomalous dispersion region. The ability to mode-lock in the normal-dispersion regime increases the freedom in the microresonator design and may make it possible to extend Kerr comb generation into the visible, where material dispersion is likely to dominate.

  7. Measurement of mode-locked laser timing jitter by use of phase-encoded optical sampling.

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    Juodawlkis, P W; Twichell, J C; Wasserman, J L; Betts, G E; Williamson, R C

    2001-03-01

    The phase-noise characteristics of a harmonically mode-locked fiber laser are investigated with a new measurement technique called phase-encoded optical sampling. A polarization-maintaining ring laser is mode locked by use of the short-pulse electrical output of a resonant-tunneling diode oscillator, enabling it to produce 30-ps pulses at a 208-MHz repetition rate. The interferometric phase-encoded sampling technique provides 60-dB suppression of amplitude-jitter noise and allows supermode phase noise to be observed and quantified. The white-noise pulse-to-pulse timing jitter and the rms supermode timing jitter of the laser are measured to be less than 50 and 70 fs, respectively. PMID:18040304

  8. Experimental investigation of anti-colliding pulse mode-locked semiconductor lasers.

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    Zhuang, Jun-Ping; Pusino, Vincenzo; Ding, Ying; Chan, Sze-Chun; Sorel, Marc

    2015-02-15

    We experimentally demonstrate anti-colliding pulse mode-locking (ACPML) in an integrated semiconductor laser. The device geometry consists of a gain section and a saturable absorber (SA) section located immediately next to one of the cavity facets. After depositing a low-reflection coating on the SA facet and a high-reflection coating on the gain section facet, the threshold is unchanged, while the modulation of the SA is increased. The data presented here confirm that the ACPML configuration improves the peak output power of the pulses, reduces the amplitude fluctuation and timing jitter, and expands the biasing parameter range over which the stable mode-locking operation occurs. PMID:25680164

  9. Nonlinear-microscopy optical-pulse sources based on mode-locked semiconductor lasers.

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    Yokoyama, H; Sato, A; Guo, H-C; Sato, K; Mure, M; Tsubokawa, H

    2008-10-27

    We developed picosecond optical-pulse sources suitable for multiphoton microscopy based on mode-locked semiconductor lasers. Using external-cavity geometry, stable hybrid mode locking was achieved at a repetition rate of 500 MHz. Semiconductor optical amplifiers driven by synchronized electric pulses reached subharmonic optical-pulse repetition rates of 1-100 MHz. Two-stage Yb-doped fiber amplifiers produced optical pulses of 2 ps duration, with a peak power of a few kilowatts at a repetition rate of 10 MHz. These were employed successfully for nonlinear-optic bio-imaging using two-photon fluorescence, second-harmonic generation, and sum-frequency generation of synchronized two-color pulses. PMID:18958056

  10. 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).

  11. Triwavelength synchronously mode-locked fiber laser based on few-layered black phosphorus

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    Zhao, Ruwei; Li, Jing; Zhang, Baitao; Li, Xiaowen; Su, Xiancui; Wang, Yiran; Lou, Fei; Zhang, Haikun; He, Jingliang

    2016-09-01

    A triwavelength synchronously mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser with black phosphorus (BP) was demonstrated. The BP was proved to be not only an excellent saturable absorber (SA) but also a strong nonlinear material benefiting the stabilization of a multiwavelength fiber laser. The laser worked for a long time at three synchronous wavelengths of 1557.2, 1557.7, and 1558.2 nm. The autocorrelation trace of 9.41 ps pulses showed an interference beating of 0.06 THz, corresponding to a beating period of 16.37 ps. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the usage of BP as an SA for building a multiwavelength synchronous mode-locked fiber laser.

  12. 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. PMID:21081995

  13. 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. To our knowledge, this is the first realization of the highest power of ANDi fiber laser by pure NPE mode-locking technique based on fibers with PM characteristic as gain media.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    2016-05-01

    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. PMID:27137587

  16. Frequency stabilization of a mode-locked waveguide laser using the Pound-Drever-Hall technique

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    Fanto, M. L.; Malowicki, J. E.; Bussjager, R. J.; Repak, P. L.; Kramer, K. A.; Casimir, D.; Hayduk, M. J.

    2005-05-01

    The generation of stable mode-locked pulses in the 1550 nm regime is required for high resolution signal processing used in transient probes, optical clocks, and optical A-D converters. More recently the frequency combs comprising these pulses have been applied to innovative methods of arbitrary waveform generation (AWG) in the optical domain. Temporal stability, however, limits the performance in some of those applications. We show here that a Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) technique applied to a mode-locked Erbium Doped Waveguide Laser (EDWL) effectively stabilizes the frequency comb for extended time intervals. The ultra-compact waveguide configuration offers greater packaging flexibility. The system performance in terms of temporal stability is also found to compare favorably with those of a high grade commercial erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL).

  17. Effects of bandwidth-limiting tuning elements in synchronously pumped mode-locked lasers

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    Zandi, B.; Casperson, L.W.; MacFarlane, D.L. )

    1990-03-01

    A description of bandwidth-limiting tuning filters is introduced into a semiclassical model for synchronously pumped mode-locked dye lasers. The finite phase memory of the molecular wave functions is included as are the isotropic molecular distribution and the finite vibrational relaxation times. The new set of equations has been solved numerically using the best available values for the various parameters. The results have been compared with experimental data obtained using a rhodamine 6G dye laser, which is synchronously pumped using an acousto-optically mode-locked argon laser. Tuning element effects have been studied using two- and three-plate birefringent filters and a tuning wedge, and the experimental results agree with the numerical solutions.

  18. Quantum dash based single section mode locked lasers for photonic integrated circuits.

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    Joshi, Siddharth; Calò, Cosimo; Chimot, Nicolas; Radziunas, Mindaugas; Arkhipov, Rostislav; Barbet, Sophie; Accard, Alain; Ramdane, Abderrahim; Lelarge, Francois

    2014-05-01

    We present the first demonstration of an InAs/InP Quantum Dash based single-section frequency comb generator designed for use in photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The laser cavity is closed using a specifically designed Bragg reflector without compromising the mode-locking performance of the self pulsating laser. This enables the integration of single-section mode-locked laser in photonic integrated circuits as on-chip frequency comb generators. We also investigate the relations between cavity modes in such a device and demonstrate how the dispersion of the complex mode frequencies induced by the Bragg grating implies a violation of the equi-distance between the adjacent mode frequencies and, therefore, forbids the locking of the modes in a classical Bragg Device. Finally we integrate such a Bragg Mirror based laser with Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA) to demonstrate the monolithic integration of QDash based low phase noise sources in PICs. PMID:24921823

  19. Regenerative mode locking via superposition of higher-order cavity modes in composite cavity fiber lasers.

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    Gupta, K K; Onodera, N

    2005-09-01

    We demonstrate a new method of optical pulse generation in regeneratively mode-locked fiber ring lasers (RML-FRLs). The method is based on generating dominant longitudinal modes in the fiber ring cavity by means of a composite cavity structure and their intermode beating at the photodetector incorporated in the regenerative feedback loop. The beat signal is then used as a modulation signal to generate optical pulses in a regenerative mode-locking scheme, thereby eliminating the requirement for a high-Q rf bandpass filter in a conventional RML-FRL. Optical pulses with a repetition frequency of 3.6 GHz have been generated successfully with a supermode noise suppression of more than 48 dB and a low phase noise of -85 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset from the carrier frequency. PMID:16190424

  20. Subfemtosecond synchronization of microwave oscillators with mode-locked Er-fiber lasers.

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    Jung, Kwangyun; Kim, Jungwon

    2012-07-15

    We synchronize an 8.06 GHz microwave signal from a voltage-controlled oscillator with an optical pulse train from a 77.5 MHz mode-locked Er-fiber laser using a fiber-based optical-microwave phase detector. The residual phase noise between the optical pulse train and the synchronized microwave signal is -133 dBc/Hz (-154 dBc/Hz) at 1 Hz (5 kHz) offset frequency, which results in 838 as integrated rms timing jitter [1 Hz-1 MHz]. The long-term residual phase drift is 847 as (rms) measured over 2 h, which reaches 4×10(-19) fractional frequency instability at 1800 s averaging time. This method has a potential to provide both subfemtosecond-level short-term phase noise and long-term phase stability in microwave extraction from mode-locked fiber lasers. PMID:22825191

  1. Generation of dissipative solitons in an actively mode-locked ultralong fibre laser

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    Koliada, N A; Nyushkov, B N; Ivanenko, A V; Kobtsev, Sergey M; Harper, Paul; Turitsyn, Sergei K; Denisov, Vladimir I; Pivtsov, V S

    2013-02-28

    A single-pulse actively mode-locked fibre laser with a cavity length exceeding 1 km has been developed and investigated for the first time. This all-fibre erbium-doped laser has a normal intracavity dispersion and generates dissipative 8-ns solitons with a fundamental repetition rate of 163.8 kHz; the energy per pulse reaches 34 nJ. The implemented mode locking, based on the use of intracavity intensity modulator, provides self-triggering and high stability of pulsed lasing. A possibility of continuous tuning of the centre lasing wavelength in the range of 1558 - 1560 nm without any tunable spectral selective elements in the cavity is demonstrated. The tuning occurs when controlling the modulation signal frequency due to the forced change in the pulse repetition time (group delay) under the conditions of intracavity chromatic dispersion. (laser optics 2012)

  2. High average power harmonic mode-locking of a Raman fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization evolution

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    Liu, J.; Zhao, C. J.; Gao, Y. X.; Fan, D. Y.

    2016-03-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the operation of a stable harmonically mode-locked Raman fiber laser based on the nonlinear polarization rotation technique. A maximum average output power of up to 235 mW is achieved at the repetition rate of 466.2 MHz, corresponding to the 1665th order harmonic mode-locking. The temporal width of the mode-locked pulse train is 450 ps. The experimental results should shed some light on the design of wavelength versatile ultrashort lasers with high repetition rate and average output power.

  3. Design and performance of an astigmatism-compensated self-mode-locked ring-cavity Ti:sapphire laser

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    Shen, Y.; Dai, J.; Wang, Q.

    1996-12-31

    Based on the nonlinear ABCD matrix and the renormalized q-parameter for Gaussian-beam propagation, self-focusing in conjunction with a spatial gain profile for self-mode locking in a ring-cavity Ti:sapphire laser is analyzed. In the experiment, an astigmatism-compensated self-mode-locked ring-cavity Ti:sapphire laser is demonstrated, and self-mode-locked operation is achieved in both bidirection and unidirection with pulse durations as short as 36 fs and 32 fs, respectively. The experimental observations are in good agreement with theoretical predictions.

  4. Stable mode-locking operation in a Cr:forsterite laser with a five-mirror cavity.

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    Miura, T; Kobayashi, K; Zhang, Z; Torizuka, K; Kannari, F

    1999-04-15

    The experimental finding of more-stable mode-locking operation in a five-mirror cavity than in a conventional four-mirror cavity for a Cr:forsterite laser [IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1975 (1997)] was interpreted by ABCD-matrix formalism. Since the optimum cavity configuration operation for mode-locking operation was attainable in the middle of the stable cavity condition, we conclude that one can easily achieve KLM alignment and stable mode locking with a five-mirror cavity. PMID:18071570

  5. Vector similariton erbium-doped all-fiber laser generating sub-100-fs nJ pulses at 100 MHz.

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    Olivier, Michel; Piché, Michel

    2016-02-01

    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. PMID:26906809

  6. Graphene mode-locked Cr:ZnS chirped-pulse oscillator.

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    Tolstik, Nikolai; Pospischil, Andreas; Sorokin, Evgeni; Sorokina, Irina T

    2014-03-24

    We report the first to our knowledge high-energy graphene mode-locked solid-state laser operating in the positive dispersion regime. Pulses with 15.5 nJ energy and 42 nm spectral bandwidth with 0.87 ps duration were obtained at 2.4 μm wavelength. The output can be compressed down to 189 fs. The graphene absorber damage threshold was established at fluence approaching 1 mJ/cm². PMID:24664076

  7. Beat note stabilization of mode-locked lasers for quantum information processing.

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    Islam, R; Campbell, W C; Choi, T; Clark, S M; Conover, C W S; Debnath, S; Edwards, E E; Fields, B; Hayes, D; Hucul, D; Inlek, I V; Johnson, K G; Korenblit, S; Lee, A; Lee, K W; Manning, T A; Matsukevich, D N; Mizrahi, J; Quraishi, Q; Senko, C; Smith, J; Monroe, C

    2014-06-01

    We stabilize a chosen radio frequency beat note between two optical fields derived from the same mode-locked laser pulse train in order to coherently manipulate quantum information. This scheme does not require access or active stabilization of the laser repetition rate. We implement and characterize this external lock, in the context of two-photon stimulated Raman transitions between the hyperfine ground states of trapped 171Yb(+) quantum bits. PMID:24876022

  8. Energy scaling of Kerr-lens mode-locked thin-disk oscillators.

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    Brons, Jonathan; Pervak, Vladimir; Fedulova, Elena; Bauer, Dominik; Sutter, Dirk; Kalashnikov, Vladimir; Apolonskiy, Alexander; Pronin, Oleg; Krausz, Ferenc

    2014-11-15

    Geometric scaling of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk oscillator yields femtosecond pulses with an average output power of 270 W. The scaled system delivers femtosecond (210-330 fs) pulses with a peak power of 38 MW. These values of average and peak power surpass the performance of any previously reported femtosecond laser oscillator operated in atmospheric air. PMID:25490489

  9. Astigmatism and gain guiding in Kerr-lens mode-locked lasers.

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    Gatz, S; Herrmann, J

    1995-04-15

    The effects of astigmatism and the radial variation of the gain on Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) are studied with the help of an extended ABCD matrix formalism. A dramatic broadening of the allowed cavity parameter region is predicted that permits KLM in almost the whole stability region. The cavity design for KLM with an aperture differs significantly from the design for KLM without an aperture, because of the saturable diffraction loss. PMID:19859342

  10. Dissipative Rogue Waves Generated by Chaotic Pulse Bunching in a Mode-Locked Laser

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    Lecaplain, C.; Grelu, Ph.; Soto-Crespo, J. M.; Akhmediev, N.

    2012-06-01

    Rare events of extremely high optical intensity are experimentally recorded at the output of a mode-locked fiber laser that operates in a strongly dissipative regime of chaotic multiple-pulse generation. The probability distribution of these intensity fluctuations, which highly depend on the cavity parameters, features a long-tailed distribution. Recorded intensity fluctuations result from the ceaseless relative motion and nonlinear interaction of pulses within a temporally localized multisoliton phase.

  11. Mode Locking of Spin Waves Excited by Direct Currents in Microwave Nano-oscillators

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    Rezende, S. M.; de Aguiar, F. M.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R. L.; Azevedo, A.

    2007-02-01

    A spin-wave theory is presented which explains the frequency pulling and mode locking observed when two closely spaced spin-transfer nanometer-scale oscillators with slightly different frequencies are separately driven in the same magnetic thin film by spin-polarized carriers at high direct-current densities. The theory confirms recent experimental evidence that the origin of the phenomena lies in the nonlinear interaction between two overlapping spin waves excited in the magnetic nanostructure.

  12. Observation of Coexisting Dissipative Solitons in a Mode-Locked Fiber Laser.

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    Bao, Chengying; Chang, Wonkeun; Yang, Changxi; Akhmediev, Nail; Cundiff, Steven T

    2015-12-18

    We show, experimentally and numerically, that a mode-locked fiber laser can operate in a regime where two dissipative soliton solutions coexist and the laser will periodically switch between the solutions. The two dissipative solitons differ in their pulse energy and spectrum. The switching can be controlled by an external perturbation and triggered even when switching does not occur spontaneously. Numerical simulations unveil the importance of the double-minima loss spectrum and nonlinear gain to the switching dynamics. PMID:26722922

  13. Bound-state fiber laser mode-locked by a graphene-nanotube saturable absorber

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    Yang, H. R.; Chen, G. W.; Kong, Y. C.; Li, W. L.

    2015-02-01

    We have experimentally observed the multiple bound states in a linear-cavity fiber laser mode-locked by a mixture of graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes. The proposed laser can deliver the fundamental frequency soliton as well as the two and three bound-state solitons at suitable conditions. The numerical simulations confirm the experimental observations. Both the theoretical predictions and experimental results reveal that the spectral filtering effect plays a key role on the lasers.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Photo-oxidation from mode-locked laser exposure to hTERT-RPE1 cells

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    Denton, Michael L.; Eikum, Debbie M.; Noojin, Gary D.; Stolarski, David J.; Glickman, Randolph D.; Rockwell, Benjamin A.

    2004-07-01

    Human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells (hTERT-RPE1) were used to detect photo-oxidation products generated from chronic NIR (810 nm) laser exposure. Exposure of a discrete area within cell monolayers provided a means of distinguishing fluorescence above background levels. Oxidative stress was detected using the fluorescent dye H2DCF-DA and its analog CM-H2DCF-DA. Fluorescence was detected in cells exposed to mode-locked (76 MHz, ~160 femtoseconds) but not CW laser exposure. Detection of photo-oxidation from the mode-locked laser was dependent upon radiant exposure, but only if irradiance was greater than a threshold value. The CM-H2DCF-DA dye proved a more sensitive indicator of oxidation than H2DCF-DA, and the radiant exposure threshold for detection was dependent upon dye concentration. No oxidation was detected from CW exposures (using the most sensitive fluorescent dye conditions) when using 3 times the irradiance, and 10 times the radiant exposure needed to detect fluorescence from mode-locked exposure.

  17. Mode-locked thulium fiber laser with MoS2

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    Tian, Zhen; Wu, Kan; Kong, Lingchen; Yang, Nan; Wang, Yao; Chen, Rong; Hu, Weisheng; Xu, Jianqiu; Tang, Yulong

    2015-06-01

    Liquid-phase exfoliated 2D material multilayer MoS2 is transferred onto a gold mirror and its saturable absorption at the 2 µm wavelength region is experimentally observed. This transferred MoS2 saturable absorber has a modulation depth of 13.6% and a saturation intensity of 23.1 MW cm-2. This saturable absorber is integrated into a linear Tm3+ fiber laser cavity, and stable fundamental-frequency mode-locking operation is realized at 2 µm with pulse energy of 15.5 nJ, pulse width of ~843 ps, and a repetition rate of 9.67 MHz. The laser spectral width is ~17.3 nm with a center wavelength of 1905 nm. This first presence of mode-locking with multilayer MoS2 sheets in the 2 µm wavelength region verifies that multilayer MoS2 is a good candidate for broadband mode-locking comparable to graphene, as well as a good mode-locker for achieving high pulse energy.

  18. 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.

  19. 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. PMID:27409880

  20. 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.

  1. Mode-locking characteristics comparison at 1.34 μm between Nd:Gd x Y1-x VO4 series crystals

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    Qiao, Wenchao; Chu, Hongwei; Zhao, Shengzhi; Li, Guiqiu; Yang, Kejian; Li, Tao; Zhao, Jia; Zhang, Baitao; He, Jingliang

    2016-04-01

    Passively continuous-wave mode-locking (CWML) characteristics from a class of mixed Nd:Gd x Y1-x VO4 laser crystals at 1.34 μm have been investigated with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) for the first time. In contrast to the single Nd:YVO4 and Nd:GdVO4 crystals, the mixed vanadate crystals can produce broader emission spectra, shorter pulse width, and higher peak power. Under the same conditions, the mode-locking performances from series mixed vanadate crystals as well as the emitting spectral properties were experimentally investigated. At an incident diode pump power of 7.1 W, a minimum pulse width was as short as 6.3 ps from the mixed vanadate crystal with x  =  0.63, while the highest peak power was 4.5 kW from the mixed crystal with x  =  0.83.

  2. Multi-order bunched soliton pulse generation by nonlinear polarization rotation mode-locking erbium-doped fiber lasers with weak or strong polarization-dependent loss

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    Lin, Sheng-Fong; Wang, Huai-Yung; Su, Yu-Chuan; Chi, Yu-Chieh; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2014-10-01

    With the assistance of weak or strong polarization-dependent loss (PDL) in the cavity, nonlinear polarization rotation mode-locking (NPRML) of an erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) is demonstrated to show transformation on the soliton from a single to multiple bunched state with nearly one order of magnitude variation on pulsewidth. With the bent intracavity fiber providing the weak PDL, the NPRML shortens the pulsewidth from only 5.3 ps to 4.9 ps and correspondingly broadens the spectral linewidth from 0.43 nm to 0.56 nm when enlarging the pump power from 100 mW to 325 mW. With the use of an inserted polarizer providing strong PDL in an EDFL, the fundamental soliton pulsewidth is significantly compressed to 390 fs, with the spectral linewidth as wide as 7.14 nm. In particular, the parameters of the soliton pulses are nearly unchanged at different pump powers; however, the soliton pulses split to form tightly bunched pulses circulating in the EDFL cavity. There are as many as 18 solitons tightly bunched together at the maximum pump power of up to 325 mW. Such a tightly bunched package can be elucidated by soliton energy quantization and long-range soliton interaction according to the perturbation theory in a passively mode-locked EDFL.

  3. Linewidth of the harmonics in a microwave frequency comb generated by focusing a mode-locked ultrafast laser on a tunneling junction

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    Hagmann, Mark J.; Stenger, Frank S.; Yarotski, Dmitry A.

    2013-12-14

    Previous analyses suggest that microwave frequency combs (MFCs) with harmonics having extremely narrow linewidths could be produced by photodetection with a mode-locked ultrafast laser. In the MFC generated by focusing a passively mode-locked ultrafast laser on a tunneling junction, 200 harmonics from 74.254 MHz to 14.85 GHz have reproducible measured linewidths approximating the 1 Hz resolution bandwidth (RBW) of the spectrum analyzer. However, in new measurements at a RBW of 0.1 Hz, the linewidths are distributed from 0.12 to 1.17 Hz. Measurements and analysis suggest that, because the laser is not stabilized, the stochastic drift in the pulse repetition rate is the cause for the distribution in measured linewidths. It appears that there are three cases in which the RBW is (1) greater than, (2) less than, or (3) comparable with the intrinsic linewidth. The measured spectra in the third class are stochastic and may show two or more peaks at a single harmonic.

  4. 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. PMID:22179870

  5. Generation of mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser using MoSe2 as saturable absorber

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    Ahmad, Harith; Aidit, Siti Nabila; Hassan, Nor Ahya; Ismail, Mohd Faizal; Tiu, Zian Cheak

    2016-07-01

    Mode-locked generation of erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) with MoSe2 thin film as saturable absorber is practically demonstrated. Bulk MoSe2 is exfoliated into few-layer MoSe2, which is achieved based on the liquid phase exfoliation technique. The few-layer MoSe2 is mixed with polyvinyl alcohol to become a thin film. Mode-locked occurs between pump powers of 65 and 218 mW. The mode-locked is operated at fundamental frequency of 8.8 MHz, and the spectrum is centered at 1560 nm. The SNR of mode-locked EDFL is more than 50 dB. At pump power of 218 mW, 91.3 pJ of pulse energy is achieved.

  6. 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.

  7. On the study of pulse evolution in ultra-short pulse mode-locked fiber lasers by numerical simulations.

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    Schreiber, Thomas; Ortaç, Bülend; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2007-06-25

    In this contribution we highlight several aspects concerning the numerical simulation of ultra-short pulse mode-locked fiber lasers by a non-distributed model. We show that for fixed system parameters multiple attractors are accessible by different initial conditions especially in the transient region between different mode-locking regimes. The reduction of multiple attractors stabilizing from different quantum noise fields to a single solution by gain ramping is demonstrated. Based on this analysis and model, different regimes of mode-locking obtained by varying the intra-cavity dispersion and saturation energy of the gain fiber are revised and it is shown that a regime producing linearly chirped parabolic pulses known from self-similar evolution is embedded in the wave-breaking free mode-locking regime. PMID:19547154

  8. Completely self-starting picosecond and femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

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    Shieh, J.; Ganikhanov, F.; Lin, K.; Hsieh, W.; Pan, C.

    1995-05-01

    Completely self-starting and stable operation of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser was realized in both picosecond and femtosecond regimes. The cavity has a symmetric X configuration with soft aperturing. Enhanced Kerr nonlinearity and reduced backscattering effects were thought to be key to obtaining stable self-starting self-mode-locked operation from 765 to 815 nm for the picosecond regime and from 770 to 835 nm for the femtosecond regime. The mode-locking starting time as measured by the onset of the second-harmonic signal ranged from 300 ms to 2 s, depending on cavity alignment. Preliminary data also suggest that intracavity intensity fluctuation necessary for the laser to evolve into stable mode locking could be as short as 10--40 ps.

  9. Actively mode-locked Tm(3+)-doped silica fiber laser with wavelength-tunable, high average output power.

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    Kneis, Christian; Donelan, Brenda; Berrou, Antoine; Manek-Hönninger, Inka; Robin, Thierry; Cadier, Benoît; Eichhorn, Marc; Kieleck, Christelle

    2015-04-01

    A diode-pumped, actively mode-locked high-power thulium (Tm3+)-doped double-clad silica fiber laser is demonstrated, providing an average output power in mode-locked (continuous wave) operation of 53 W (72 W) with a slope efficiency of 34% (38%). Mode-locking in the 6th-harmonic order was obtained by an acousto-optic modulator driven at 66 MHz without dispersion compensation. The shortest measured output pulse width was 200 ps. Owing to a diffraction grating as cavity end mirror, the central wavelength could be tuned from 1.95 to 2.13 μm. The measured beam quality in mode-locked and continuous wave operation has been close to the diffraction limit. PMID:25831360

  10. 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.

  11. Mode-locking and frequency mixing at THz pulse repetition rates in a sampled-grating DBR mode-locked laser.

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    Hou, Lianping; Haji, Mohsin; Marsh, John H

    2014-09-01

    We report a sampled grating distributed Bragg reflector (SGDBR) laser with two different gratings which mode-lock independently at respective pulse repetition frequencies of 640 and 700 GHz. The device operates in distinct regimes depending on the bias conditions, with stable pulse trains observed at 640 GHz, 700 GHz, the mean repetition frequency of 666 GHz, and the sum frequency of 1.34 THz (due to nonlinear mixing). Performance is consistent and highly reproducible with exceptional stability observed over wide ranges of drive bias conditions. Furthermore, a monolithically integrated semiconductor optical amplifier is used to amplify the pulse trains, providing an average output power of 46 mW at 666 GHz. PMID:25321545

  12. Mode-Locked Spike Trains in Responses of Ventral Cochlear Nucleus Chopper and Onset Neurons to Periodic Stimuli

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    Laudanski, Jonathan; Coombes, Stephen; Palmer, Alan R.

    2010-01-01

    We report evidence of mode-locking to the envelope of a periodic stimulus in chopper units of the ventral cochlear nucleus (VCN). Mode-locking is a generalized description of how responses in periodically forced nonlinear systems can be closely linked to the input envelope, while showing temporal patterns of higher order than seen during pure phase-locking. Re-analyzing a previously unpublished dataset in response to amplitude modulated tones, we find that of 55% of cells (6/11) demonstrated stochastic mode-locking in response to sinusoidally amplitude modulated (SAM) pure tones at 50% modulation depth. At 100% modulation depth SAM, most units (3/4) showed mode-locking. We use interspike interval (ISI) scattergrams to unravel the temporal structure present in chopper mode-locked responses. These responses compared well to a leaky integrate-and-fire model (LIF) model of chopper units. Thus the timing of spikes in chopper unit responses to periodic stimuli can be understood in terms of the complex dynamics of periodically forced nonlinear systems. A larger set of onset (33) and chopper units (24) of the VCN also shows mode-locked responses to steady-state vowels and cosine-phase harmonic complexes. However, while 80% of chopper responses to complex stimuli meet our criterion for the presence of mode-locking, only 40% of onset cells show similar complex-modes of spike patterns. We found a correlation between a unit's regularity and its tendency to display mode-locked spike trains as well as a correlation in the number of spikes per cycle and the presence of complex-modes of spike patterns. These spiking patterns are sensitive to the envelope as well as the fundamental frequency of complex sounds, suggesting that complex cell dynamics may play a role in encoding periodic stimuli and envelopes in the VCN. PMID:20042702

  13. Generation of intense 3 ps pulses by Kerr lens mode-locking of a pulsed Nd:YLF laser

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    Lindenberger, F.; Stöckl, R.; Laenen, R.; Laubereau, A.

    1995-02-01

    We report on the generation of pulses as short as 3.1 ps from a flashlamp-pumped Nd:YLF laser by Kerr lens mode-locking with auxiliary active mode-locking and electrooptic feedback control. Long pulse trains and stable operation make this device well suited as a pump laser for pulsed operation of synchronously pumped dye lasers or optical parametric oscillators.

  14. 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. PMID:26625033

  15. A stable 2 μm passively Q-switched fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization evolution

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    He, X.; Luo, A.; Lin, W.; Yang, Q.; Yang, T.; Yuan, X.; Xu, S.; Xu, W.; Luo, Z.; Yang, Z.

    2014-08-01

    A passively Q-switched thulium-doped fiber (TDF) laser based on the nonlinear polarization evolution technique was demonstrated with the central wavelength of 1898.4 nm. With the increasing pump power, the pulse repetition frequency of the Q-switched TDF laser from 87.6 to 110.1 kHz was achieved, while the corresponding pulse duration was changed from 1171 to 785.7 ns. The power instability of the TDF laser was measured to be about ±1.5% during 8 h. In addition, the mode-locked phenomenon was also observed in our all-fiber TDF laser by carefully adjusting the polarization controllers.

  16. Two-dimensional material-based saturable absorbers: towards compact visible-wavelength all-fiber pulsed lasers.

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    Luo, Zhengqian; Wu, Duanduan; Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping; Peng, Jian; Weng, Jian; Xu, Shuo; Zhu, Chunhui; Wang, Fengqiu; Sun, Zhipei; Zhang, Han

    2016-01-14

    Passive Q-switching or mode-locking by placing a saturable absorber inside the laser cavity is one of the most effective and popular techniques for pulse generation. However, most of the current saturable absorbers cannot work well in the visible spectral region, which seriously impedes the progress of passively Q-switched/mode-locked visible pulsed fibre lasers. Here, we report a kind of visible saturable absorber-two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs, e.g. WS2, MoS2, MoSe2), and successfully demonstrate compact red-light Q-switched praseodymium (Pr(3+))-doped all-fibre lasers. The passive Q-switching operation at 635 nm generates stable laser pulses with ∼200 ns pulse duration, 28.7 nJ pulse energy and repetition rate from 232 to 512 kHz. This achievement is attributed to the ultrafast saturable absorption of these layered TMDs in the visible region, as well as the compact and all-fibre laser-cavity design by coating a dielectric mirror on the fibre end facet. This work may open a new route for next-generation high-performance pulsed laser sources in the visible (even ultraviolet) range. PMID:26658877

  17. Second harmonic pico-second pulse generation with mode-locked 1064nm DBR laser diodes

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    Klehr, A.; Prziwarka, T.; Jedrzejczyk, D.; Brox, O.; Bugge, F.; Wenzel, H.; Paschke, K.; Erbert, G.; Tränkle, G.

    2014-02-01

    Detailed experimental investigations of the generation of high-energy short infrared and green pulses with a mode-locked multi-section distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser in dependence on the lengths of the gain section and the saturableabsorber (SA) section as well the corresponding input currents and reverse voltages, respectively, are presented. The laser under investigation is 3.5 mm long and has a 500 μm long DBR section. The remaining cavity was divided into four 50 μm, four 100 μm, two 200 μm and eight 250 μm long electrically separated segments so that the lengths of the gain and SA sections can be simply varied by bonding. Thus, the dependence of the mode-locking behavior on the lengths of the gain and SA sections can be investigated on the same device. Optimal mode-locking was obtained for absorber lengths between LAbs = 200 μm and 300 μm and absorber voltages between UAbs= -2 V and -3 V. A pulse length of τ ≍ 10 ps, a repetition frequency of 13 GHz and a RF line width of less than 100 kHz were measured. An infrared peak pulse power of 900 mW was reached. The FWHM of the optical spectrum was about 150 pm. With an 11.5 mm long periodically poled MgO doped LiNbO3 crystal having a ridge geometry of 5 μm width and 4 μm height green light pulses were generated. With an infrared pump peak power of 900 mW a green pulse energy of 3.15 pJ was reached. The opto-optical conversion efficiency was about 31%.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

    2012-09-30

    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. (optical fibres, lasers and amplifiers. properties and applications)

  20. High-power, efficient, semiconductor saturable absorber mode-locked Yb:KGW bulk laser.

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    Kisel, V E; Rudenkov, A S; Pavlyuk, A A; Kovalyov, A A; Preobrazhenskii, V V; Putyato, M A; Rubtsova, N N; Semyagin, B R; Kuleshov, N V

    2015-06-15

    A high-power, diode-pumped, semiconductor saturable absorber mode-locked Yb(5%):KGW bulk laser was demonstrated with high optical-to-optical efficiency. Average output power as high as 8.8 W with optical-to-optical efficiency of 37.5% was obtained for Nm-polarized laser output with 162 fs pulse duration and 142 nJ pulse energy at a pulse repetition frequency of 62 MHz. For Np polarization, 143 fs pulses with pulse energy of 139 nJ and average output power of up to 8.6 W with optical-to-optical efficiency of 31% were generated. PMID:26076242

  1. Advances in commercial, mode-locked vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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

    2016-03-01

    In launching the Dragonfly, M Squared Lasers has successfully commercialized recent advances in mode-locked vertical external cavity surface emitting laser technologies operating between 920 nm - 1050 nm. This paper will describe the latest advances in the development of a new generation of Dragonfly lasers. The improved system has been engineered to utilise low-cost semiconductor gain media and integrated diode pumping, whilst exhibiting minimal footprint, diffraction limited beam quality and low intrinsic noise. Early experiments have resulted in pulses with 540mW of average output power and 150fs of duration at 200MHz pulse repetition frequency.

  2. Ultrafast thulium-doped fiber laser mode locked with black phosphorus.

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    Sotor, Jaroslaw; Sobon, Grzegorz; Kowalczyk, Maciej; Macherzynski, Wojciech; Paletko, Piotr; Abramski, Krzysztof M

    2015-08-15

    We report, for the first time to our knowledge, the usage of black phosphorus (BP) as a saturable absorber for the mode locking of a thulium-doped fiber laser. We have experimentally shown that BP exhibits saturable absorption in the 2 μm wavelength range and supports ultrashort pulse generation. The saturable absorber was based on mechanically exfoliated BP deposited on a fiber connector tip. The laser was capable of generating 739 fs pulses centered at 1910 nm. Our results show that BP might be considered as a universal broadband saturable absorber that could successfully compete with graphene or other low-dimension nanomaterials. PMID:26274685

  3. Direct diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Durfee, Charles G; Storz, Tristan; Garlick, Jonathan; Hill, Steven; Squier, Jeff A; Kirchner, Matthew; Taft, Greg; Shea, Kevin; Kapteyn, Henry; Murnane, Margaret; Backus, Sterling

    2012-06-18

    We describe a Ti:sapphire laser pumped directly with a pair of 1.2 W 445 nm laser diodes. With over 30 mW average power at 800 nm and a measured pulsewidth of 15 fs, Kerr-lens-modelocked pulses are available with dramatically decreased pump cost. We propose a simple model to explain the observed highly stable Kerr-lens modelocking in spite of the fact that both the mode-locked and continuous-wave modes are smaller than the pump mode in the crystal. PMID:22714433

  4. Silicon-Based Optical Waveguide Modulators and Mode-Locked TITANIUM:SAPPHIRE Laser Dynamics.

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    Liu, Yanming

    Single-mode deeply-etched silicon-germanium/silicon (SiGe/Si) rib waveguides have been fabricated and characterized with low propagation losses and strong guiding. Such a waveguide structure is suitable for bent waveguide devices and provides efficient field overlapping, which is needed for devices requiring strong nonlinear coupling. Using the deeply-etched waveguide technique, we have fabricated Si/SiGe/Si Mach-Zehnder modulators, which show strong single-mode waveguiding but only small electro -optic modulation has been observed so far. Another Si modulator is a Fabry-Perot interferometer. We have demonstrated all-optical modulation at 1.3 μm and 1.5 μm in the reflection mode of the asymmetric Si Fabry-Perot interferometer by a control light beam at 0.85 mum. Both switching -on and switching-off operations are demonstrated by transversely moving the etalon. In addition, we have analyzed that silicon carbide (SiC) waveguides exhibit low loss for fundamental modes and high loss for higher-order modes at wavelengths from 0.6 to 1.6 mum. Electro-optic modulation is analyzed with a SiC-on-SiO_2 waveguide structure. Such modulators are potential candidates for high-speed electro-optic modulation for silicon-based optoelectronic devices. Furthermore, we studied the dynamics of a Kerr -lens self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, generating 40 -fs pulses and tunable from 750 nm to 920 nm. A moving mirror was first proposed as a starting mechanism for self -mode locking and the starting dynamics is studied in detail. In addition, periodic pulse-train amplitude modulations have been observed and studied. The observation of the amplitude modulation further confirms the dynamic Kerr-lens self -focusing model of self-mode locking in Ti:sapphire lasers and helps us better understand the laser performance. Furthermore, dual-wavelength mode locking is observed over a broad tuning range, which would be very useful for two-wavelength subpicosecond optical sampling, such as pump

  5. Direct diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

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    Durfee, Charles G.; Storz, Tristan; Garlick, Jonathan; Hill, Steven; Squier, Jeff A.; Kirchner, Matthew; Taft, Greg; Shea, Kevin; Kapteyn, Henry; Murnane, Margaret; Backus, Sterling

    2012-01-01

    We describe a Ti:sapphire laser pumped directly with a pair of 1.2W 445nm laser diodes. With over 30mW average power at 800 nm and a measured pulsewidth of 15fs, Kerr-lens-modelocked pulses are available with dramatically decreased pump cost. We propose a simple model to explain the observed highly stable Kerr-lens modelocking in spite of the fact that both the mode-locked and continuous-wave modes are smaller than the pump mode in the crystal. PMID:22714433

  6. 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.

  7. Spectral and temporal control of an actively mode-locked fiber laser

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    Filion, Jean; Olivier, Michel; Burgoyne, Bryan; Villeneuve, Alain; Piché, Michel

    2009-06-01

    We report theoretical and experimental investigations on the spectral and temporal control of a mode-locked fiber laser using a chirped fiber Bragg grating and a loss modulator in either a undirectionnal ring cavity or a standing-wave cavity. The fiber laser generates picosecond pulses with a rapid tuning over a large bandwidth. Tuning is achieved by controlling the frequency of the applied modulation waveform. The adjustement of pulse duration between 40 - 500 ps and the rapid tuning from 1513 nm to 1588 nm are described.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Pulsed actively mode-locked laser based on Nd{sup 3+}-doped disordered garnet and LiF:F{sub 2}{sup {minus}} crystal

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    Basiev, T.; Fedorov, V.; Karasik, A.; Senatorov, A.; Shubochkin, R.; Sobol, A.; Grudinin, A.

    1994-12-31

    It is well known that neodymium glasses are widely used as active media in powerful picosecond laser system. However, low thermal conductivity of glasses with broad bands of absorption and luminescence limits their use in pulsed lasers with high repetition rate. At the same time, disordered crystals having broad inhomogeneous bands of active ions and combining properties of both glasses and crystals may be reckoned as active media for ultrashort pulse lasers with high repetition rate. The aim of this work is to investigate the operation of actively mode-locked with LiNbO{sub 3} AOM laser on a calcium-lithium-niobium-gallium disordered garnet crystal doped with Nd{sup 3+} ions (CLNGG:Nd{sup 3+}) and a LiF:F{sub 2}{sup {minus}} passive Q-switch.

  11. Performance of chemical vapor deposition fabricated graphene absorber mirror in Yb3+ : Sc2SiO5 mode-locked laser

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    Cai, Wei; Li, Yaqi; Zhu, Hongtong; Jiang, Shouzhen; Xu, Shicai; Liu, Jie; Zheng, Lihe; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun

    2014-12-01

    A reflective graphene saturable absorber mirror (SAM) was successfully fabricated by chemical vapor deposition technology. A stable diode-pumped passively mode-locked Yb3+:Sc2SiO5 laser using a graphene SAM as a saturable absorber was accomplished for the first time. The measured average output power amounts to 351 mW under the absorbed pump power of 12.5 W. Without prisms compensating for dispersion, the minimum pulse duration of 7 ps with a repetition rate of 97 MHz has been obtained at the central wavelength of 1063 nm. The corresponding peak power and the maximum pulse energy were 516 W and 3.6 nJ, respectively.

  12. A continuous-mode model of the mode locking in a pump-modulated laser

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    Ogawa, T.; Ema, K.

    1990-12-01

    The active mode-locking process of the multimode laser with an external pump modulation is theoretically investigated in the frequency domain within the framework of the continuous-mode approximation. Intermode interaction and mode-coupling effects, including both AM and FM modulations, are naturally considered in a hierarchical equation of the mode components derived from the multimode Maxwell-Bloch equations. It is reduced to a continuous-mode equation that can be solved analytically in a stationary case, and used to discuss the spectral line shape and the phase dynamics of mode-components as a function of modulation amplitude and detuning of the modulation frequency. We predict a novel oscillation existing below the threshold of the ordinary complete mode-locking: The intensity of the total electric field yields a stable pulse train but its phase varies irregularly in time. This semi-locked state is characterized by a nonlinear chirping, an asymmetric spectrum, and drifting phases of the field mode-components.

  13. Tunable multiwavelength mode-locked fiber laser using intra-cavity polarization and wavelength dependent loss

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    Jain, Ankita; Chandra, Nishanth; Anchal, Abhishek; Kumar K, Pradeep

    2016-09-01

    We report a tunable multiwavelength mode-locked fiber ring laser in C-band. Multiwavelength characteristic and tuning of laser wavelengths is achieved by inducing polarization and wavelength dependent loss in the cavity by using a combination of two polarization controllers (PCs) and an intensity modulator, inserted between the two PCs. With this technique we obtained pulses of 14 ps (FWHM) at a repetition rate of 10 GHz by actively mode-locking the laser. We obtained simultaneous lasing of 5 wavelengths with 3-dB spectral width of 0.2 nm for each lasing wavelength. We measured short-term stability of the pulses and corresponding spectra by continuously collecting time and spectral domain data for 600 s, sampled at an interval of 20 s. The pulsewidth was measured to be stable to within ±732 fs and peak power fluctuations were within ±0.16 mW. For simultaneous lasing of two wavelengths, the linewidth was found to be stable within ±0.07 nm with a peak power fluctuation of ±1 dB.

  14. Modeling of mode locking in a laser with spatially separate gain media.

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    Oldenbeuving, R M; Lee, C J; Van Voorst, P D; Offerhaus, H L; Boller, K-

    2010-10-25

    We present a novel laser mode locking scheme and discuss its unusual properties and feasibility using a theoretical model. A large set of single-frequency continuous-wave lasers oscillate by amplification in spatially separated gain media. They are mutually phase-locked by nonlinear feedback from a common saturable absorber. As a result, ultra-short pulses are generated. The new scheme offers three significant benefits: the light that is amplified in each medium is continuous-wave, thereby avoiding issues related to group-velocity dispersion and nonlinear effects that can perturb the pulse shape. The set of frequencies on which the laser oscillates, and therefore the pulse repetition rate, is controlled by the geometry of resonator-internal optical elements, not by the cavity length. Finally, the bandwidth of the laser can be controlled by switching gain modules on and off. This scheme offers a route to mode-locked lasers with high average output power, repetition rates that can be scaled into the THz range, and a bandwidth that can be dynamically controlled. The approach is particularly suited for implementation using semiconductor diode laser arrays. PMID:21164639

  15. Integrated modelling of island growth, stabilization and mode locking: consequences for NTM control on ITER

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    van den Brand, H.; de Baar, M. R.; Lopes Cardozo, N. J.; Westerhof, E.

    2012-09-01

    Full suppression of neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs) using electron cyclotron current drive (ECCD) should be reached before mode locking (stop of rotation) makes suppression impossible. For an ITER scenario 2 plasma, the similar time scales for locking and island growth necessitate the combined modelling of the growth of the mode and its slow down due to wall induced drag. Using such a model, the maximum allowed latency between the seeding of the mode and the start of ECCD deposition and maximum deviation in the radial position are determined. The maximum allowed latency is determined for two limiting models for island growth; the polarization model with wmarg = 2 cm, representing the worst case, and the transport model with wmarg = 6 cm, representing the best case. NTMs with seed island widths up to 9.5 cm and 12 cm for the 2/1 and the 3/2 NTM, respectively, are suppressible. The maximum allowed latency is 1.05 s and 2.95 s for the 2/1 and 3/2 NTM, respectively, for the worst case model. Radial misalignment should not exceed 7-10 mm for the 2/1 NTM and 5-16 mm for the 3/2 NTM depending on the model for island growth. As long as the alignment suffices, it does not reduce the maximum allowed latency. Mode locking has serious implications for any real-time NTM control system on ITER that aims to suppress NTMs by ECCD.

  16. Optimized Kerr lens mode-locking of a pulsed Nd:KGW laser

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    Lettenberger, M.; Wolfrum, K.

    1996-02-01

    We report on the generation of ultrashort laser pulses using Kerr lens mode-locking (KLM) of a flashlamp pumped Nd:KGW laser. Acousto-optic mode-locking and a fast electro-optic feedback loop is used to maintain high stability of the pulse parameters. The nonlinear index of refraction of the Kerr medium can be varied by a factor of two without affecting the pulse duration of 1.7 ps (FWHM). This is, to the best of our knowledge, the shortest pulse duration obtained with a Nd:KGW laser. A detailed ABCD-analysis of the resonator design relevant for KLM is given and compared with experimental results. Efficient amplification of the ultrashort pulses is obtained in a double pass amplifier with a moderate increase of pulse duration to 2.3 ps. The long pulse trains of approximately 1000 pulses at a single pulse energy of 10 μJ and a repetition rate of 40 Hz are very well suited for synchronously pumping a dye laser or an optical parametric oscillator.

  17. 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. PMID:23037259

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  19. High-power terahertz optical pulse generation with a dual-wavelength harmonically mode-locked Yb:YAG laser

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    Zhuang, W. Z.; Chang, M. T.; Su, K. W.; Huang, K. F.; Chen, Y. F.

    2013-07-01

    We report on high-power terahertz optical pulse generation with a dual-wavelength harmonically mode-locked Yb:YAG laser. A semiconductor saturable absorber mirror is developed to achieve synchronously mode-locked operation at two spectral bands centered at 1031.67 and 1049.42 nm with a pulse duration of 1.54 ps and a pulse repetition rate of 80.3 GHz. With a diamond heat spreader to improve the heat removal efficiency, the average output power can be up to 1.1 W at an absorbed pump power of 5.18 W. The autocorrelation traces reveal that the mode-locked pulse is modulated with a beat frequency of 4.92 THz and displays a modulation depth to be greater than 80%.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Harmonic mode locking of a Nd:BEL laser using a 20-GHz dielectric resonator/optical modulator.

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    Godil, A A; Hou, A S; Auld, B A; Bloom, D M

    1991-11-15

    A 20-GHz dielectric-resonator/optical modulator is developed and used as an FM mode locker at the 84th harmonic of a conventional 238-MHz diode-pumped Nd:BEL laser cavity. Depending on the mode-locker drive frequency, two distinct regimes of mode locking were observed: 2.9-ps pulses at a repetition rate of 238 MHz and 3.9-ps pulses at a repetition rate of 20 GHz. These are to our knowledge the shortest pulses ever reported for active mode locking of a Nd laser. PMID:19784133

  5. Effects of intermodal dispersion and fiber length on the mode-locking of a dual-core fiber laser

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    Fang, Xiaohui; Song, Yanrong

    2016-06-01

    We investigate theoretically how the intermodal dispersion and the fiber length influence the formation of ultrashort pulses in a dual-core fiber laser. Our simulation using the Ginzburg-Landau equation found that stable self-starting of mode-locking can be achieved with a fiber length deviating from integer multiples of the linear coupling length. Furthermore, the intermodal dispersion will not lead to pulse splitting, in contrast, it will induce asymmetry in the pulse shape and increase the modulation instability. Consequently, a filter is found necessary to stabilize the mode-locking operation when the fiber length is longer than the linear coupling length.

  6. Coexistence of conventional solitons and stretched pulses in a fiber laser mode-locked by carbon nanotubes

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    Li, W. L.; Kong, Y. C.; Chen, G. W.; Yang, H. R.

    2015-04-01

    We have proposed a nanotube-mode-locking fiber laser that can generate conventional solitons and stretched pulses in the same cavity. The net cavity dispersion of laser is slightly negative. The central wavelength and bandwidth of the conventional solitons are 1584.7 and 9.2 nm, respectively. The stretched pulse locates at 1572 nm with a bandwidth of 18.8 nm. The switchable mode-locking operation is mainly attributable to the bandwidth-dependent stretching factor that is tunable due to the spectral filtering effect induced by nonlinear polarization rotation.

  7. Self-starting stable coherent mode-locking in a two-section laser

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    Arkhipov, R. M.; Arkhipov, M. V.; Babushkin, I.

    2016-02-01

    Coherent mode-locking (CML) uses self-induced transparency (SIT) soliton formation to achieve, in contrast to conventional schemes based on absorption saturation, the pulse durations below the limit allowed by the gain line width. Despite the great promise it is difficult to realize it experimentally because a complicated setup is required. In all previous theoretical considerations CML is believed to be non-self-starting. In this paper we show that if the cavity length is selected properly, a very stable (CML) regime can be realized in an elementary two-section ring-cavity geometry, and this regime is self-developing from the non-lasing state. The stability of the pulsed regime is the result of a dynamical stabilization mechanism arising due to finite-cavity-size effects.

  8. 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. PMID:24664035

  9. Wavelength-switchable femtosecond pulse fiber laser mode-locked by silica-encased gold nanorods

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    Wang, Xude; Luo, Zhichao; Liu, Meng; Tang, Rui; Luo, Aiping; Xu, Wencheng

    2016-04-01

    A wavelength-switchable femtosecond pulse fiber laser is demonstrated by using a saturable absorber (SA) of silica-encased gold nanorods (GNRs@SiO2). The GNRs@SiO2 SA presents a modulation depth of 4.5% and nonsaturable loss of 32.1%. By properly adjusting the cavity parameters, femtosecond mode-locked pulses centered at 1535.6 nm and 1560.5 nm could be achieved alternately. The durations of pulses at the two wavelengths are measured to be ~403 fs and ~426 fs, respectively. The achieved results indicated that the GNRs@SiO2 could indeed be a promising nonlinear material with excellent photothermal stability and saturable absorption, which could satisfy the requirements for different photonic devices and applications.

  10. 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. PMID:23736423

  11. Start-to-end modelling of a mode-locked optical klystron free electron laser amplifier

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    Dunning, D. J.; Thompson, N. R.; Mc Neil, B. W. J.; Williams, P. H.

    2011-07-15

    A free electron laser (FEL) in a mode-locked optical klystron (MLOK) configuration is modelled using start-to-end simulations that simulate realistic electron beam acceleration and transport before input into a full three-dimensional FEL simulation code. These simulations demonstrate that the MLOK scheme is compatible with the present generation of radiofrequency accelerator designs. A train of few-optical cycle pulses is predicted with peak powers similar to those of the equivalent conventional FEL amplifier. The role of electron beam energy modulation in these results is explained and the limitations of some simulation codes discussed. It is shown how seeding the FEL interaction using a High Harmonic seed laser can improve the coherence properties of the output.

  12. Mode-locking transitions and vortex flows in current-driven Josephson-junction arrays

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    Das, Shantilal; Sahdev, Deshdeep; Mehrotra, Ravi

    1997-03-01

    The dynamical behavior of overdamped dc-driven Josephson-junction arrays is studied numerically in two dimensions. Currents varying linearly along an edge are injected into the array and drawn out at the opposite edge either uniformly or through a busbar. The system is found to undergo a series of dynamical transitions as the gradient of the current drive is increased. We show that, for ladder arrays, these transitions mark the loss of mode locking across specific bonds. The transitions can, alternatively, be associated with the onset of well-defined vortex flows. Spatial localization of vortices in individual plaquettes of a ladder, driven in the direction of its length, is seen to stablize quasiperiodicity of order N>3 in a certain region of the underlying parameter space. We also discuss the extension of each of these features to full-fledged rectangular arrays.

  13. 17-fs pulses from a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Huang, C P; Asaki, M T; Backus, S; Murnane, M M; Kapteyn, H C; Nathel, H

    1992-09-15

    We have generated sub-17-fs-duration pulses directly from a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser. These pulses are near transform limited, with a wavelength centered at 817 nm, a pulse repetition rate of 80 MHz, and an average power of 500 mW. By minimizing the amount of material inside the laser cavity and choosing the correct glass for the intracavity prism pair, third-order dispersion in the laser can be significantly reduced compared with that in previous designs. Extracavity compensation for group-velocity dispersion in the output coupler and autocorrelator optics is necessary to measure this pulse width. To our knowledge this laser generates pulses substantially shorter than any other laser to date. PMID:19798160

  14. Cryogenically-cooled Yb:YGAG ceramic mode-locked laser.

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    Mužík, J; Jelínek, M; Jambunathan, V; Miura, T; Smrž, M; Endo, A; Mocek, T; Kubeček, V

    2016-01-25

    This work reports on a liquid-nitrogen-cooled, SESAM mode-locked Yb:YGAG (Yb:Y(3)Ga(2)Al(3)O(12)) ceramic laser. The Yb:YGAG has a similar structure to Yb:YAG, but its emission spectrum at low temperature remains much broader, which is suitable for ultrashort pulse generation and amplification. A stable pulse train with 119-MHz repetition rate was obtained at a wavelength of 1026 nm. The measured pulse duration is 2.4 ps, which is more than four times shorter than that achieved with a cryogenically-cooled Yb:YAG. Furthermore, laser performance of the Yb:YGAG ceramics in continuous-wave operation and wavelength tunability at 80 K was investigated. PMID:26832521

  15. Time-encoded Raman scattering (TICO-Raman) with Fourier domain mode locked (FDML) lasers

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    Karpf, Sebastian; Eibl, Matthias; Wieser, Wolfgang; Klein, Thomas; Huber, Robert

    2015-07-01

    We present a new concept for performing stimulated Raman spectroscopy and microscopy by employing rapidly wavelength swept Fourier Domain Mode locked (FDML) lasers [1]. FDML lasers are known for fastest imaging in swept-source optical coherence tomography [2, 3]. We employ this continuous and repetitive wavelength sweep to generate broadband, high resolution stimulated Raman spectra with a new, time-encoded (TICO) concept [4]. This allows for encoding and detecting the stimulated Raman gain on the FDML laser intensity directly in time. Therefore we use actively modulated pump lasers, which are electronically synchronized to the FDML laser, in combination with a fast analog-to-digital converter (ADC) at 1.8 GSamples/s. We present hyperspectral Raman images with color-coded, molecular contrast.

  16. Development of a mode-locked fiber laser system for a high finesse enhancement cavity

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    Suzuki, R.; Kobayashi, T.; Sakaue, K.; Washio, M.; Endo, A.

    2015-05-01

    We have been studying a high finesse enhancement cavity for photon target of Laser Compton Scattering X-ray generation. It is very important to develop an extremely stable external optical cavity for laser Compton scattering. At the same time, a stable seed laser oscillator for an incident laser of an optical cavity is also very important tissue. Thus, we have been developing a stabil mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser based on Non-Linear Polarization Rotation. We have generated laser pulses which have 102.9mW average power at repetition rate of 119MHz. Furthermore, we started accumulating lasers in the optical cavity, and we have already confirmed that our oscillator is able to accumulate in the cavity.

  17. Microwave emission by nonlinear crystals irradiated with a high-intensity, mode-locked laser

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    Borghesani, A. F.; Braggio, C.; Guarise, M.

    2016-06-01

    We report on the experimental investigation of the efficiency of some nonlinear crystals to generate microwave (RF) radiation as a result of optical rectification (OR) when irradiated with intense pulse trains delivered by a mode-locked laser at 1064 nm. We have investigated lithium triborate (LBO), lithium niobate (LiNbO3), zinc selenide (ZnSe), and also potassium titanyl orthophosphate (KTP) for comparison with previous measurements. The results are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions based on the form of the second-order nonlinear susceptibility tensor. For some crystals we investigated also the second harmonic generation (SHG) to cross check the theoretical model. We confirm the theoretical prediction that OR leads to the production of higher order RF harmonics that are overtones of the laser repetition rate.

  18. Self-mode locking of cw solid-state lasers by Kerr self-focusing

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    Kalosha, V.P.; Kalashnikov, V.L.; Mikhailov, V.P.; Poloyko, I.G.

    1994-12-31

    With the help of the self-consistent ABCD matrix method the fundamental TEM{sub 00} mode of a four-mirror cavity with active rod and hard aperture is analyzed. Cavity parameters ranges with the small diffraction losses at hard aperture and the decreased diffraction losses for the increased mode intensities due to self-focusing in active medium are shown immediately for practical Kerr-lens model-locked (KLM) Ti:sapphire lasers. To do this the authors have obtained the generalized solution of the wave propagation equation in self-focusing medium for arbitrary curvature radius of phase front of coincident gaussian beam. The fluctuation model of self-mode-locked lasers is used to demonstrate the generation of a stable ultra-short pulse train by the system under constant pumping for the obtained cavity parameters.

  19. Discrete family of dissipative soliton pairs in mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Zavyalov, Aleksandr; Iliew, Rumen; Egorov, Oleg; Lederer, Falk

    2009-05-01

    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.

  20. Mode-locking of acoustic resonators and its application to vibration cancellation in acoustic heat engines

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    Spoor, P.S.; Swift, G.W. )

    1999-09-01

    Vibration induced in engine hardware by a working fluid can be very significant in high-power, high-amplitude acoustic heat engines, and is a serious impediment to their practical use. This vibration can cause fatigue and destruction of engine components as well as fuel lines, cooling lines, and sensor wires. The forces involved make anchoring such an engine to an [open quotes]immovable[close quotes] object impractical. Rigidly attaching two such engines together, and acoustically coupling them with a duct of such a length and diameter that the two engines mode-lock in antiphase (thus canceling the longitudinal vibration) appears to be an inexpensive, viable solution. This paper describes in detail experiments demonstrating the feasibility of this idea, and the underlying theory. [copyright] [ital 1999 Acoustical Society of America.] < --[HEB] -->

  1. 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.

  2. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS: Mode locking in solid-state lasers by self-focusing

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    Kalashnikov, V. L.; Kalosha, V. P.; Mikhailov, V. P.; Poloiko, I. G.

    1995-11-01

    The self-consistent ABCD method is used to analyse the fundamental eigenmode of a four-mirror cavity with an active element and an aperture. Practical titanium-activated sapphire lasers with Kerr-lens mode locking are considered. The ranges of the cavity parameters are found in which the diffraction losses on an aperture are small and decrease with increase in the cavity field intensity as a result of self-focusing. These parameters of a four-mirror cavity are used to demonstrate that the investigated mechanism of discrimination of the radiation fluctuations should make it possible to generate a stable train of ultrashort pulses under conditions of cw and pulsed flashlamp pumping.

  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. PMID:27304265

  4. Saturable absorbers incorporating carbon nanotubes directly synthesized onto substrates and fibers and their application to mode-locked fiber lasers

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    Yamashita, S.; Inoue, Y.; Maruyama, S.; Murakami, Y.; Yaguchi, H.; Jablonski, M.; Set, S. Y.

    2004-07-01

    We present novel carbon-nanotube-based saturable absorbers. Using the low-temperature alcohol catalytic chemical-vapor deposition method, high-quality single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were directly synthesized on quartz substrates and fiber ends. We successfully applied the SWNTs to mode lock a fiber laser producing subpicosecond pulses at a 50-MHz repetition rate.

  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. All-fiber Tm-doped soliton laser oscillator with 6 nJ pulse energy based on evanescent field interaction with monoloayer graphene saturable absorber.

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    Jeong, Hwanseong; Choi, Sun Young; Kim, Mi Hye; Rotermund, Fabian; Cha, Yong-Ho; Jeong, Do-Young; Lee, Sang Bae; Lee, Kwanil; Yeom, Dong-Il

    2016-06-27

    We demonstrate an all-fiber Tm-doped soliton laser with high power by using a monolayer graphene saturable absorber (SA). Large area, uniform monolayer graphene was transferred to the surface of the side-polished fiber (SPF) to realize an in-line graphene SA that operates around 2 μm wavelength. To increase the nonlinear interaction with graphene, we applied an over-cladding onto the SPF, where enhanced optical absorption at monolayer graphene was observed. All-fiber Tm-doped mode-locked laser was built including our in-line graphene SA, which stably delivered the soliton pulses with 773 fs pulse duration. The measured 3-dB spectral bandwidth was 5.14 nm at the wavelength of 1910 nm. We obtained the maximum average output power of 115 mW at a repetition rate of 19.31 MHz. Corresponding pulse energy was estimated to be 6 nJ, which is the highest value among all-fiber Tm-doped soliton oscillators using carbon-material-based SAs. PMID:27410573

  7. An all-fiber Raman laser for cylindrical vector beam generation

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    Jocher, Christoph; Jauregui, Cesar; Becker, Martin; Rothhardt, Manfred; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2013-12-01

    We demonstrate a compact Raman all-fiber oscillator for cylindrical vector beam generation. The laser is based on a strongly guiding passive fiber with two fiber Bragg gratings inscribed in it, which separates the different transverse modes in wavelength. Additionally, the impact of core ellipticity in strongly guiding fibers for the generation of cylindrical vector beams is theoretically analyzed. In this work, the elliptical core is compensated by introducing stress. Thereby, an azimuthally polarized beam with an output power of 480 mW and a radially polarized beam with an output power of 400 mW are generated, limited only by the onset of nonlinear effects inside the Raman fiber oscillator. Switching between these two cylindrical vector beams is possible by rotating the polarization of the pump. The presented concept is well suited for all-fiber microscopic applications.

  8. 6.8 W all-fiber supercontinuum source at 1.9-2.5 μm

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    Dvoyrin, V. V.; Sorokina, I. T.

    2014-08-01

    We report a simple method of generating a spectrally flat and high average power spectral density (up to 14 mW/nm) optical supercontinuum in the 1.95-2.5 μm range covering a transparency window of the atmosphere. The supercontinuum was generated from the Tm-doped all-fiber MOPA lasers. The average output power of the picosecond linear-cavity SESAM mode-locked seed lasers operating at 46 and 77 MHz was as low as 6.7 and 2.6 mW, respectively. The corresponding one-stage silica-based fiber amplifier generated a supercontinuum with 5.06 and 6.83 W average power, 550 and 500 nm bandwidths at -10 dB level, and 5 and 8 dB spectral flatness, respectively.

  9. A multiple regrowth process for monolithically-integrated InP-based mode-locked laser diodes with uni-travelling carrier absorber

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    Lohe, Hans-Jörg; Scollo, Riccardo; Vogt, Werner; Gini, Emilio; Robin, Franck; Erni, Daniel; Harbers, Rik; Jäckel, Heinz

    2006-04-01

    Progress in photonics by monolithic integration for higher functional density, performance and reduced cost faces challenging hurdles due to technological and functional heterogeneities. Advanced local material growth techniques are enabling concepts towards high-density photonic integration, unprecedented performance and multi-functionality and ultimately optical systems-on-a-chip. For example mode-locked laser diodes (MLLDs) are key devices for ultra-short pulse generation for all-optical Tbit/s communication networks. MLLDs suffer from material compromises and will benefit from the possibility to design the gain, absorber and passive-waveguiding sections independently. We have proposed and demonstrated the integration of a saturable absorber with a fast absorption recovery time based on an InP/InGaAsP uni-traveling-carrier structure (UTC) to achieve pulses below 1 ps with repetition rates up to 40 GHz. The use of the UTC absorber instead of the commonly employed reverse-biased gain material requires however the heterogeneous growth of multiple layer stacks on the same chip with the butt-coupled regrowth technique.Critical for the MLLD performance are the reflections and the optical coupling between the different monolithic integrated layer structures of passive, absorbing and amplifying sections. 2D FDTD simulations of the optical waveguides demonstrate that to minimize reflections an angled interface between the different structures is preferable and can lead to reflection coefficients as low as 10^-6. To obtain an angled interface we used a wet chemical etching process sequence of selective and non-selective etchants, which is sensitive to crystal orientation and yields a 55° tilted interface. In addition we can conclude from our simulations that in order to minimize both, insertion loss and reflections, a bending of the light guiding layers has to be prevented. Bendings can lead to measured losses of 5-7 dB per interface whereas correctly aligned light

  10. Ultra-stable harmonically mode-locked erbium-doped waveguide laser

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    Fanto, M. L.; Erdmann, R. K.; Wysocki, B. T.; Malowicki, J. E.; McEwen, T. A.

    2007-04-01

    Generation of stable pulses and a frequency stabilized optical comb are two key requirements for Fourier Based Arbitrary Waveform Generation (AWG) techniques. The longitudinal mode spacing of the laser must remain as stable as possible to permit effective isolation and processing of the modes for waveform synthesis. The short and long term temporal stability ultimately limits the system's precision as well as its operability in fielded systems. A packaged erbium-doped waveguide provided a highly compact gain medium for the harmonically mode-locked laser design. Stability was achieved by use of an intracavity etalon for frequency stabilization of the optical comb, a Pound-Drever- Hall (PDH) method, and an active bias feedback loop for low frequency noise suppression. The temperature was controlled to limit cavity length variation, and the contribution to stability of each method is quantitatively assessed. The system's stable operating time was increased from hours to greater than a day, and the timing jitter is demonstrated to be lower than that of commercially available erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) systems. Applications to optical signal synthesis and Laser Radar are briefly discussed.

  11. 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. PMID:27410844

  12. Colliding pulse mode-locked lasers as light sources for single-shot holography

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    Grosse, Doris; Koukourakis, Nektarios; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Schlauch, Tobias; Balzer, Jan C.; Klehr, Andreas; Erbert, Götz; Tränkle, Günther; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2011-05-01

    So far, concepts for three dimensional biomedical imaging rely on scanning in at least one dimension. Single-shot holography1, in contrast, stores three-dimensional information encoded in an electro-magnetic wave scattered back from a sample in one single hologram. Single-shot holography operates with simultaneous recordings of holograms at different wavelengths. While the lateral sample information is stored in the interference patterns of individual holograms, the depth information is obtained from the spectral distribution at each lateral image point, similar to Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography2. Consequently, the depth resolution of the reconstructed image is determined by the bandwidth of the light source, so that a broadband light source is needed to obtain high depth resolution. Additionally, the holographic material, in which the holograms are stored, restricts the useable bandwidth. A thick photorefractive crystal can store several holograms of different wavelengths at once. As the crystal works best when using a source with a discrete spectrum, a light source is needed that has a spectrum with well distinguishable laser lines. In a proof-of-principle experiment, we use colliding pulse mode-locked (CPM)3 laser diodes as light sources with a comb-like spectrum to demonstrate the concept of single-shot holography by storing multiple holograms at the same time in a photorefractive Rh:BaTiO3 crystal.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

    2013-05-01

    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.

  15. Nonlinear optical frequency conversion of an amplified Fourier Domain Mode Locked (FDML) laser.

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    Leonhardt, Rainer; Biedermann, Benjamin R; Wieser, Wolfgang; Huber, Robert

    2009-09-14

    We report on the highly efficient non-linear optical frequency conversion of the wavelength swept output from a Fourier Domain Mode Locked (FDML) laser. Different concepts for power scaling of FDML lasers by post-amplification with active fibers are presented. A two-stage post-amplification of an FDML laser with an amplification factor of 300 up to a peak power of 1.5 W is used to supply sufficient power levels for non-linear conversion. Using a single-mode dispersion shifted fiber (DSF), we convert this amplified output that covers the region between 1541 nm and 1545 nm to a wavelength range from 1572 nm to 1663 nm via modulation instability (MI). For this four wave mixing process we observe an efficiency of approximately 40%. The anti-Stokes signal between 1435 nm and 1516 nm was observed with lower conversion efficiency. In addition to shifting the wavelength, the effect of MI also enables a substantial increase in the wavelength sweep rate of the FDML laser by a factor of approximately 50 to 0.55 nm/ns. PMID:19770897

  16. Optical coherence tomography for imaging of subpleural alveolar structure using a Fourier domain mode locked laser

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    Kirsten, Lars; Walther, Julia; Cimalla, Peter; Gaertner, Maria; Meissner, Sven; Koch, Edmund

    2011-06-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive imaging modality generating cross sectional and volumetric images of translucent samples. In Fourier domain OCT (FD OCT), the depth profile is calculated by a fast Fourier transformation of the interference spectrum, providing speed and SNR advantage and thus making FD OCT well suitable in biomedical applications. The interference spectrum can be acquired spectrally resolved in spectral domain OCT or time-resolved in optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI). Since OCT images still suffer from motion artifacts, especially under in vivo conditions, increased depth scan rates are required. Therefor, the principle of Fourier domain mode locking has been presented by R. Huber et al. circumventing the speed limitations of conventional FD OCT systems. In FDML lasers, a long single mode fiber is inserted in the ring resonator of the laser resulting in an optical round trip time of a few microseconds. Sweeping the wavelength synchronously by a tunable Fabry-Perot filter can provide wavelength sweeps with repetition rates up to a few MHz used for OFDI. Imaging of subpleural lung tissue for investigation of lung dynamics and its elastic properties is a further biomedical application demanding high-speed OCT imaging techniques. For the first time, the visualization of subpleural alveolar structures of a rabbit lung is presented by the use of an FDML-based OCT system enabling repetition rates of 49.5 kHz and 122.6 kHz, respectively.

  17. 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

    2012-01-01

    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 μmin 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. PMID:22179884

  18. CsPbBr3 nanocrystal saturable absorber for mode-locking ytterbium fiber laser

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    Zhou, Yan; Hu, Zhiping; Li, Yue; Xu, Jianqiu; Tang, Xiaosheng; Tang, Yulong

    2016-06-01

    Cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I) have been reported as efficient light-harvesting and light-emitting semiconductor materials, but their nonlinear optical properties have been seldom touched upon. In this paper, we prepare layered CsPbBr3 nanocrystal films and characterize their physical properties. Broadband linear absorption from ˜0.8 to over 2.2 μm and nonlinear optical absorption at the 1-μm wavelength region are measured. The CsPbBr3 saturable absorber (SA), manufactured by drop-casting of colloidal CsPbBr3 liquid solution on a gold mirror, shows modulation depth and saturation intensity of 13.1% and 10.7 MW/cm2, respectively. With this SA, mode-locking operation of a polarization-maintained ytterbium fiber laser produces single pulses with duration of ˜216 ps, maximum average output power of 10.5 mW, and the laser spectrum is centered at ˜1076 nm. This work shows that CsPbBr3 films can be efficient SA candidates for fiber lasers and also have great potential to become broadband linear and nonlinear optical materials for photonics and optoelectronics.

  19. Silicon photonics WDM interconnects based on resonant ring modulators and semiconductor mode locked laser

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    Müller, J.; Hauck, J.; Shen, B.; Romero-García, S.; Islamova, E.; Sharif Azadeh, S.; Joshi, S.; Chimot, N.; Moscoso-Mártir, A.; Merget, F.; Lelarge, F.; Witzens, J.

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate wavelength domain multiplexed (WDM) data transmission with a data rate of 14 Gbps based on optical carrier generation with a single-section semiconductor mode-locked laser (SS-MLL) and modulation with a Silicon Photonics (SiP) resonant ring modulator (RRM). 18 channels are sequentially measured, whereas the best recorded eye diagrams feature signal quality factors (Q-factors) above 7. While optical re-amplification was necessary to maintain the link budgets and therefore system measurements were performed with an erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA), preliminary characterization done with a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) indicates compatibility with the latter pending the integration of an additional optical filter to select a subset of carriers and prevent SOA saturation. A systematic analysis of the relative intensity noise (RIN) of isolated comb lines and of signal Q-factors indicates that the link is primarily limited by amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) from the EDFA rather than laser RIN. Measured RIN for single comb components is below -120 dBc/Hz in the range from 7 MHz to 4 GHz and drops to the shot noise level at higher frequencies.

  20. 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. PMID:20720964

  1. Mode locking effects on the playing frequency for fork fingerings on the clarinet.

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    Nederveen, C J; Dalmont, J-P

    2012-01-01

    The non-linear excitation of wind instruments generates higher harmonics of the playing frequency. These higher harmonics are coupled to resonances in the pipe. This is called mode locking. When the pipe modes are not harmonic, the playing frequency shifts away from the fundamental in order to maximize the output. It may go up or down, depending on the position of the modes and the amplitude. The effect is especially manifest for fork fingerings. Three fork fingerings on a clarinet were investigated. They were artificially blown between the threshold and extinction pressure. A time domain simulation was carried out based on a lumped model of the excitation coupled to an input impedance calculated from the instrument dimensions. At low amplitudes the fundamental frequency dominates and the playing frequency is governed by the position of the first peak in the input impedance spectra. At higher blowing pressures the playing frequency shifts. For both blowing and simulation this follows the same pattern. The frequencies predicted by the calculations are higher than the values found by blowing, which may be due to inadequacies in the model description, to uncertainties of the various parameters, as reed stiffness, moving reed area, and the properties of the slit flow. PMID:22280690

  2. Classification of birefringence in mode-locked fiber lasers using machine learning and sparse representation.

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    Fu, Xing; Brunton, Steven L; Nathan Kutz, J

    2014-04-01

    It has been observed that changes in the birefringence, which are difficult or impossible to directly measure, can significantly affect mode-locking in a fiber laser. In this work we develop techniques to estimate the effective birefringence by comparing a test measurement of a given objective function against a learned library. In particular, a toroidal search algorithm is applied to the laser cavity for various birefringence values by varying the waveplate and polarizer angles at incommensurate angular frequencies, thus producing a time-series of the objective function. The resulting time series, which is converted to a spectrogram and then dimensionally reduced with a singular value decomposition, is then labelled with the corresponding effective birefringence and concatenated into a library of modes. A sparse search algorithm (L(1)-norm optimization) is then applied to a test measurement in order to classify the birefringence of the fiber laser. Simulations show that the sparse search algorithm performs very well in recognizing cavity birefringence even in the presence of noise and/or noisy measurements. Once classified, the wave plates and polarizers can be adjusted using servo-control motors to the optimal positions obtained from the toroidal search. The result is an efficient, self-tuning laser. PMID:24718230

  3. Programmable high speed (~1MHz) Vernier-mode-locked frequency-swept laser for OCT imaging

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    Kourogi, M.; Kawamura, Y.; Yasuno, Y.; Oyaizu, H.; Miyao, H.; Imai, K.

    2008-02-01

    We propose and demonstrate a programmable high-speed, frequency-swept laser for swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). This new technique is based on Vernier effect of two pieces of Fabry-Perot electro-optic modulators. This technique offers a non-mechanical optical filter with high resolution and wide tuning range. By applying it to a Fourier domain mode-locked laser, such sweeps are generated. The Vernier effect filter can be modulated by arbitrary wave forms, thus this laser source can eliminate the rescaling process which is the main bottle-neck of the operation time in SS-OCT by applying frequency sweep to equidistant spacing in frequency. Effective repetition frequencies of 100kHz~1MHz are demonstrated with a tuning range of 17THz (140nm) at 1550nm center wavelength. OCT imaging of in vivo human sweat duct with A-line rate of 100kHz and 300kHz are also demonstrated. The resolution of 12μm~ is realized without rescaling process. We present an analysis which suggests design approaches for optimization performance.

  4. 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.

  5. Operating principle, saturable loss, and self-frequency shift in Kerr-shift mode-locked lasers

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    Herrmann, J.; Müller, M.

    1995-01-01

    The operating principle of a recently demonstrated new Kerr-induced ultrashort-pulse-generation technique called Kerr-shift mode locking is analyzed. It is shown that in Kerr-shift mode-locked lasers an intensity-dependent red shift of the central laser frequency is caused by the combined action of the self-phase modulation that is due to the nonlinear index laser host medium and the Lorentzian-shaped profile of the homogeneously broadened gain. The introduction of a long-pass wavelength filter (knife-edge) transforms this intensity-dependent frequency shift into fast self-amplitude modulation (SAM), which is accompanied by an additional linear red shift of the central laser frequency. The SAM parameter and the linear frequency shift are calculated and compared with the experimental results.

  6. 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.

  7. 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). PMID:27370447

  8. Mode-locking of solid-state lasers by single-walled carbon-nanotube based saturable absorbers

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    Rotermund, F; Cho, W B; Choi, S Y; Baek, I H; Yim, J H; Lee, S; Schmidt, A; Steinmeyer, G; Griebner, U; Yeom, D I; Kim, K; Petrov, V

    2012-08-31

    Universal use of single-walled carbon-nanotube based saturable absorber devices for mode-locking of bulk solid-state lasers between 0.8 and 2 {mu}m is discussed. The advantages in comparison to semiconductor saturable absorbers are emphasised. We briefly describe the manufacturing process and the essential optical properties, and review experimental results obtained with various types of femtosecond and picosecond solid-state lasers in the steady-state regime. We also demonstrate that a single hybrid saturable absorber used in transmission can be used to mode-lock four different types of lasers operating between 1 and 2 {mu}m. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  9. Q-switched mode-locked and azimuthally polarized Nd:GdVO4 laser with semiconductor saturable absorber mirror

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    Hong, Kun-Guei; Hung, Bi-Jin; Lin, Shih-Ting; Wei, Ming-Dar

    2016-06-01

    A Q-switched mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser with azimuthal polarization was generated using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. On the basis of the birefringence of the laser crystal inducing different equivalent lengths for ordinary and extraordinary rays, beams were azimuthally polarized around the edge of a stable cavity region. At a pump power of 9 W, the repetition rate and width for the Q-switched envelope were 318 kHz and 0.91 µs, and the mode-locked pulse repetition rate and pulse width were 455 MHz and 65 ps, respectively. The degree of polarization was controllable up to 95.4 ± 1.4%.

  10. 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)

  11. 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).

  12. Harmonic mode locking of bound-state solitons fiber laser based on MoS(2) saturable absorber.

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    Wang, Yadong; Mao, Dong; Gan, Xuetao; Han, Lei; Ma, Chaojie; Xi, Teli; Zhang, Yi; Shang, Wuyun; Hua, Shijia; Zhao, Jianlin

    2015-01-12

    We present a kind of harmonic mode locking of bound-state solitons in a fiber laser based on molybdenum disulfide (MoS(2)) saturable absorber (SA). The mode locker is fabricated by depositing MoS(2) nanosheets on a D-shaped fiber (DF). In the fiber laser, two solitons form the bound-state pulses with a temporal separation of 3.4 ps, and the bound-state pulses are equally distributed at a repetition rate of 125 MHz, corresponding to 14th harmonics of fundamental cavity repetition rate (8.968 MHz). Single- and multiple-pulses emissions are also observed by changing the pump power and optimizing the DF based MoS(2) SA. Our experiment demonstrates an interesting operation regime of mode-locked fiber laser, and shows that DF based MoS(2) SA can work as a promising high-power mode locker in ultrafast lasers. PMID:25835667

  13. Investigation of kerr-lens mode-locking of a flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Jiaxian, Wang; Wenzhen, Zhang

    2000-06-01

    In this paper, we report that mode-locked operation is realized in a flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a nearly critical stable resonator, using LiF:F 2- color center crystal as a modulation device. A single pulse train with the energy of 25 mJ and the pulse duration of 82 ps is obtained. Both the theoretical and experimental results have shown that the mode-locked operation has resulted from kerr-lens effect formed in combination with self-focusing within Nd:YAG and an aperture at a specific point, but not directly from the saturable absorption of LiF:F 2- crystal.

  14. Ultralow noise and supermode suppression in an actively mode-locked external-cavity semiconductor diode ring laser.

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    Depriest, C M; Yilmaz, T; Delfyett, P J; Etemad, S; Braun, A; Abeles, J

    2002-05-01

    We report what is to our knowledge the lowest phase and amplitude noise characteristics achieved to date in a 10-GHz pulse train produced by the active harmonic mode locking of an external-cavity semiconductor diode laser. Supermode noise has also been suppressed below -140 dBc/Hz by use of a high-finesse fiber Fabry-Perot etalon as an intracavity filter. Novel noise sideband measurements that extend to the Nyquist offset frequency suggest a significant advantage in using harmonic (rather than fundamental) mode locking to produce ultralow-noise pulse trains, owing to the relationship between the noise roll-off frequency and the fundamental cavity frequency. PMID:18007910

  15. 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

  16. Low-noise, low repetition rate, semiconductor-based mode-locked laser source suitable for high bandwidth photonic analog-digital conversion.

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    Mandridis, Dimitrios; Ozdur, Ibrahim; Quinlan, Franklyn; Akbulut, Mehmetcan; Plant, Jason J; Juodawlkis, Paul W; Delfyett, Peter J

    2010-05-20

    A semiconductor-based mode-locked laser source with low repetition rate, ultralow amplitude, and phase noise is introduced. A harmonically mode-locked semiconductor-based ring laser is time demultiplexed at a frequency equal to the cavity fundamental frequency (80MHz), resulting in a low repetition rate pulse train having ultralow amplitude and phase noise, properties usually attributed to multigigahertz repetition rate lasers. The effect of time demultiplexing on the phase noise of harmonically mode-locked lasers is analyzed and experimentally verified. PMID:20490247

  17. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS. GENERATION OF ULTRASHORT PULSES: Analysis of mode locking in a laser with a traveling-acoustic-wave modulator

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    Veselovskaya, T. V.; Klochan, E. L.; Lariontsev, E. G.

    1990-12-01

    A theoretical analysis is made of active mode locking in a solid-state laser with an acoustooptic modulator based on traveling acoustic waves. It is postulated that the acoustooptic modulator is placed in a V-shaped resonator so that diffraction feedback is established in the modulator. It is found that the transmission coefficient of the acoustooptic modulator is a function of time. The mode locking achieved in a V-shaped resonator is equivalent to that observed in lasers with intracavity frequency modulation of the radiation. An investigation is made of the stability of mode locking in a resonator with a traveling-acoustic-wave acoustooptic modulator.

  18. Mode locking of Ti:AI(2)O(3) lasers and self-focusing: a Gaussian approximation.

    PubMed

    Salin, F; Squier, J; Piché, M

    1991-11-01

    We present an ABCD matrix model showing that self-focusing in the laser rod leads to modifications of the Gaussian beam parameters in cw-pumped Ti:Al(2)O(3) lasers. Stabilization of self-mode-locking should result from these beam perturbations. Experimental measurements of beam modifications supporting this model are presented. The role of gain guiding is studied, and the limitations of the model are discussed. PMID:19784105

  19. 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.

  20. Self-mode-locked all-fibre erbium laser with a low repetition rate and high pulse energy

    SciTech Connect

    Denisov, Vladimir I; Nyushkov, B N; Pivtsov, V S

    2010-01-31

    Self-starting mode locking is demonstrated for the first time in an all-fibre erbium laser with a cavity length above 1 km and high positive (normal) intracavity dispersion. The unconventional cavity design, with polarisation instability compensation, ensures stable operation and good frequency stability. The laser generates pulses with a record low repetition rate (82.4 kHz) and record high energy (564.3 nJ). (lasers)