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Stable single-mode operation of a narrow-linewidth, linearly polarized, erbium-fiber ring laser using a saturable absorber

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3 Author(s)
Zhou Meng ; Dept. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK ; Stewart, G. ; Whitenett, G.

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.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 2006

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