Widely Tunable Dual-Wavelength Thulium-doped fiber laser Operating in 1.8-2.0 mm Region

Ahmad, Harith and Samion, Muhamad Zharif and Thambiratnam, Kavintheran and Yasin, Moh (2019) Widely Tunable Dual-Wavelength Thulium-doped fiber laser Operating in 1.8-2.0 mm Region. Optik, 179. pp. 76-81. ISSN 0030-4026, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijleo.2018.10.111.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijleo.2018.10.111


In this work, a tunable dual-wavelength fiber laser (DWFL) with a simple setup is proposed and demonstrated for operation in the 2.0-micron wavelength region. The proposed system employs a ring cavity with a 4-m bi-directionally pumped thulium-doped fiber (TDF) as the linear gain medium, with an inner ring cavity incorporating two tunable bandpass filters (TBPFs) used to generate the desired tunable dual-wavelength output. By fine-tuning the loss of the cavity, peaks of similar intensities for both lasing wavelengths can be obtained by overcoming suppression induced by the homogenous broadening effect, thus producing a stable dual-wavelength output. The widest channel spacing obtained is 183.6 nm, and both lasing wavelengths can be tuned across the 1.8-2.0-micron region by just adjusting the passbands of the TBPFs. The generated dual-wavelength laser has a high signal-to-noise ratio of 66 dB, and its 3-dB bandwidth is measured to be around 0.07 nm. The laser is highly stable, with little-to-none peak fluctuations and no wavelength shift in the lasing wavelengths. The proposed laser is suitable for use in multiple applications near the 2.0-micron region, such as biomedical and industrial applications due to its eye-safe properties.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia under the grant GA 010-2014 (ULUNG), HiCoE Funding, University of Malaya under the grants RP 029-15 AFR and RU 001-2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: tunable; dual-wavelength; Thulium-doped fiber laser; TBPF
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 08:26
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 08:26
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20140

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