Highly stable mode-locked fiber laser with graphene oxide-coated side-polished D-shaped fiber saturable absorber

Ahmad, Harith and Soltani, Soroush and Thambiratnam, Kavintheran and Yasin, Moh (2018) Highly stable mode-locked fiber laser with graphene oxide-coated side-polished D-shaped fiber saturable absorber. Optical Engineering, 57 (5). 056110. ISSN 0091-3286, DOI https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.57.5.056110.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.57.5.056110


A highly stable mode-lock fiber laser with a thin film coating of graphene oxide (GO) nanoparticles on a D-shaped fiber is proposed and demonstrated. The GO-coated D-shaped fiber, which serves as the cavity's saturable absorber (SA), is fabricated by drop-casting GO nanoparticles on the smooth and consistently polished area of the D-shaped fiber made using a disk-polishing machine. Mode-locking is induced through the interaction of the evanescent field from the D-shaped fiber and GO nanoparticle layer. The cavity has a length of 12.5 m with a fundamental frequency of 16.5 MHz and operates in the anomalous dispersion regime. Stable soliton modelocking is obtained above a pump power of 76.6 mW, with a central lasing wavelength of 1555.7 nm and welldefined Kelly's sidebands. The generated pulses have a repetition rate of 16.5 MHz and pulse duration of 1.18 ps over a pump power range of 76.6 to 280.5 mW, with only minor fluctuations observed. A signal-to-noise ratio of 58.3 dB is computed, indicating a highly stable output. The proposed SA fabrication technique provides a simple, cost-effective, and consistent method of generating mode-locked pulses in fiber lasers.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, MOHE, under the grants LRGS (2015)/ NGOD/KPT/UM and GA 010–2014 (ULUNG), University of Malaya under the grant RP 029 A–15 AFR
Uncontrolled Keywords: graphene oxide; mode-locked fiber laser; saturable absorber; side-polished fiber
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Office > Photonics Research Centre
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 01:57
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2019 01:57
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22664

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