23 February 2006 Wide and fast wavelength-tunable mode-locked fiber laser using dispersion tuning
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We demonstrate a wide and fast wavelength-tunable mode-locked fiber laser based on tuning the mode-locking frequency. The laser is in a sigma-laser configuration and a wideband semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) at 1.3 μm wavelength region is used as a gain medium. Mode-locking is achieved by direct modulation of the injection current to the SOA, and a dispersion compensation fiber (DCF) is used to provide desired intracavity dispersion. By tuning the modulation frequency, a wide tuning range over 100 nm is achieved. Lasing wavelength is measured to be in linearly proportion to the RF frequency applied to the SOA. The sweep rate over the entire wavelength range (100 nm) can be raised to be as high as 100 kHz.
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Masahiro Asano, Masahiro Asano, Shinji Yamashita, Shinji Yamashita, } "Wide and fast wavelength-tunable mode-locked fiber laser using dispersion tuning", Proc. SPIE 6102, Fiber Lasers III: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 610218 (23 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.645388; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.645388
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