Q-switched and mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser with pure Antimony film Saturable absorber

Rahman, Mohd Fauzi Ab and Latiff, Anas Abdul and Zaidi, Umi Zhalilah Mohd and Rusdi, Muhammad Farid Mohd and Rosol, Ahmad Haziq Aiman and Bushroa, Abdul Razak and Dimyati, Kaharudin and Harun, Sulaiman Wadi (2018) Q-switched and mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser with pure Antimony film Saturable absorber. Optics Communications, 421. pp. 99-104. ISSN 0030-4018, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optcom.2018.03.073.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optcom.2018.03.073


Stable and compact Q-switched and mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL) is demonstrated by employing Antimony (Sb) film Saturable absorber (SA) in the ring cavity. The Sb film SA is fabricated by sputtering a thin layer of Sb element onto polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) thin film. Self-pushed TDFL Q-switched with repetition rate and pulse width of 14.5 kHz to 23.5 kHz and 11.6 μs to 4.9 μs respectively are obtained, as the pump power raises from the threshold (271 mW) to its maximum (399 mW). The TDFL Q-switched spectrum is centered at 1947 nm wavelength. At the maximum pump power (399 mW), the maximum peak power and the maximum pulse energy are obtained at 24.4 mW and 120.12 nJ respectively. Meanwhile, self-starting mode-locked TDFL emerges as the pump power varies from 454 mW to 582 mW. The TDFL mode-locked output spectrum is centered at 1914 nm wavelength. A nearly constant repetition rate of 8.65 MHz and pulse width of 64 ps are observed, as the pump power lifted to the maximum (582 mW). The results verify that the pure Sb PVA film SA is viable to construct stable and reliable short pulse laser in the 2-micron regime.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya (Grant No: FG006-17AFR ), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (Grant No: PJP/2018/FKEKK(1B)/S01613)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pulsed fiber laser; Q-switching; Mode-locking; Passive saturable absorber; Antimony
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Office > Photonics Research Centre
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 08:44
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 08:44
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20976

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