Stable zirconia-erbium doped multiwavelength fiber laser by precise control of polarization states

Ahmad, Harith and Thambiratnam, Kavintheran and Awang, Noor Azura and Jemangin, M.H. and Harun, Sulaiman Wadi (2012) Stable zirconia-erbium doped multiwavelength fiber laser by precise control of polarization states. Laser Physics, 22 (5). pp. 982-985. ISSN 1054-660X, DOI

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A compact zirconium-erbium doped fiber (Zr-EDF) based multiwavelength fiber laser (MWFL) with stable output comb is proposed and demonstrated. The MWFL utilizes a 3 m long Zr-EDF with an erbium concentration of 3000 ppm and pumped by a 1480 nm laser diode (LD) as the active gain medium. A fiber based multimode polarization controller (PC) is used to precisely control the polarization states of the oscillating modes in the MWFL, distributing the total energy of the system among the lasing wavelengths in order to overcome the mode-suppression and mode-competition that arises from homogenous line broadening. The MWFL is capable of generating up to four lasing wavelengths with average peak powers of 0.08 dBm in the extended L-band of 1600 nm. The lasing wavelengths have a 3-dB linewidth of 0.1 and an extinction ratio of 40 dB as well as highly stable, with minimal fluctuations of less than 0.6 dB observed in the peak powers of the lasing wavelengths over a period of 1 h. The proposed system allows for the realization of a compact, cost-effective and stable erbium based MWFL capable of operating at room temperature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiber lasers; Polarization; Wavelength; Zirconia; Zirconium
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 08:57
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 06:21

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