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Switchable multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber laser with a multimode fiber Bragg grating and photonic crystal fiber

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3 Author(s)
Xinhuan Feng ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Hong Kong Polytech. Univ., China ; Hwa-yaw Tam ; Wai, P.K.A.

In this letter, a simple switchable multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber laser is proposed and demonstrated. The wavelengths are determined by a multimode fiber Bragg grating which has a wavelength separation of 0.8 nm. Five-wavelength operation at room temperature can be achieved by employing a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber to induce four-wave mixing effect. The proposed laser can operate either in a stable five-wavelength mode or wavelength switching modes by varying the states of polarizations of the laser cavity.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

May 1, 2006

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