Stable single-mode operation of a narrow-linewidth, linear polarization erbium fibre ring laser using a saturable absorber

Z. Meng, G. Stewart, G.L. Whitenett

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Abstract

This paper describes the design and operation of a stable narrow-linewidth linearly polarized fiber ring laser using a polarization-maintaining (PM) erbium-doped fiber as a saturable absorber. The effect of the PM fiber on suppressing mode hopping is experimentally demonstrated and optimum conditions for single-mode operation are identified. Laser output power is ∼ 4.7 mW at 1535 nm for a pump power of 94 mW, the polarization extinction ratio is 24.8 dB, the SNR is larger than 45 dB, the relative intensity noise is below −104 dB/Hz at frequencies above 150 kHz, and the linewidth is less than 1.5 kHz. Potential applications of the fiber laser for interferometric or spectroscopic fiber sensors are briefly discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Pages2179-2183
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Keywords

  • fiber ring laser
  • linearly polarized laser
  • opticalfiber sensors
  • saturable absorber
  • single-mode (SM) laser.

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In: Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 24, No. 5, 2006, p. 2179-2183.

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