24 October 2017 Efficient phase locking of two dual-wavelength fiber amplifiers by an all-optical self-feedback loop
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Proceedings Volume 10457, AOPC 2017: Laser Components, Systems, and Applications; 104571Y (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2284661
Event: Applied Optics and Photonics China (AOPC2017), 2017, Beijing, China
Abstract
Efficient phase locking of two dual-wavelength fiber amplifiers has been demonstrated by using a self-feedback coupling and intracavity filtering configuration, and the effect of bandwidth and wavelength spacing on their phase locking performances have been investigated in experiment. Two independent fiber lasers with different operating wavelength were combined incoherently by a 3 dB fiber coupler to form a dual-wavelength seed source laser, which was injected into the fiber amplifiers’ coupling array through the self-feedback loop. The effect of bandwidth and wavelength spacing was researched by altering the seed laser’s pump power and operating wavelengths respectively. As long as the feedback loop and the single-mode fiber filtering configuration were well constructed in the unidirectional ring laser cavity, stable phase locking states and high fringe visibility interference patterns could always be obtained in our experiment. When the spacing of two operating wavelength was varied from 1.6 nm to 19.6 nm, the fringe visibility decreased slightly with the increase of wavelength spacing, and the corresponding fringe visibility was always larger than 0.6. In conclusion, we believe that efficient phase locking of several multi-wavelength laser sources is also feasible by passive self-adjusting methods, and keeping the component laser beams’ phase relationship stable and fixed is more important than controlling their operating wavelengths.
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Bing Lei, Keshan Chen, Tianfu Yao, Jianhua Shi, Haojun Hu, "Efficient phase locking of two dual-wavelength fiber amplifiers by an all-optical self-feedback loop", Proc. SPIE 10457, AOPC 2017: Laser Components, Systems, and Applications, 104571Y (24 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2284661; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2284661
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