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Tunable Multiwavelength Passively Mode-Locked Fiber Ring Laser Using Intracavity Birefringence-Induced Comb Filter

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Luo, Zhi-Chao ; Key Lab. of Photonic Inf. Technol., South China Normal Univ., Guangzhou, China ; Luo, Ai-Ping ; Xu, Wen-Cheng ; Hai-Sen Yin
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A simple configuration for the generation of tunable multiwavelength picosecond-pulse fiber ring lasers by exploiting the intracavity birefringence-induced comb filter is demonstrated. The fiber laser is passively mode locked by using nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) technique. The polarization-dependent isolator combined with the intracavity birefringence acts as two functions: the tunable comb filter and the mode locker. Up to four-wavelength picosecond pulses were simultaneously obtained in the experiment. The mode competition of the multiwavelength lasing is suppressed by the use of NPR-induced intensity-dependent loss. In addition, the number of the lasing wavelengths, the lasing location, and the spacing between the lasing wavelengths could be flexibly tuned by properly rotating the polarization controllers.

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Photonics Journal, IEEE  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 4 )