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3 October 2006 SOA based multiwavelength fiber ring laser with tunability of both channel spacing and wavelength
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Proceedings Volume 6351, Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices III; 635110 (2006)
Event: Asia-Pacific Optical Communications, 2006, Gwangju, South Korea
To enhance the functionality and flexibility of a multiwavelength fiber laser, characteristics such as the tunability of the lasing wavelength, the wavelength spacing and the number of channels should be investigated simultaneously. We have demonstrated a channel spacing and wavelength tunable multiwavelength fiber ring laser based on semiconductor optical amplifier and a novel tunable polarization-diversity loop configuration (PDLC)-based comb filter. The tunable PDLC-based comb filter would be composed of a polarization beam splitter and three wave plates (one quarter wave plate and two half wave plates) and a polarization differential delay line (DDL). Channel spacing can be controlled continuously by using a motorized polarization differential delay line. And wavelength can be simultaneously changed by controlling wave plates. The PDLC-based comb filter has the advantages of the input polarization independence and simple tunability. By employing the comb filter in the laser system, multiwavelength operation of up to 25 laser lines with the signal-to-noise ratio over 25 dB and 0.8 nm wavelength spacing has been demonstrated at room temperature. Also, we could achieve the increased output channel power of the laser while reducing the number of channels. The results show that the multiwavelength operation is even and stable. And we could achieve the output spectra of tuned wavebands with channel spacing of 1.6 nm and 0.4 nm when the semiconductor optical amplifier is driven with the injection current of 160 mA while adjusting a half-wave plate at each tuning set. As a result, the shift of lasing wavelength and wavelength spacing were continuously controllable in this system.
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Sookyoung Roh, Ilyong Yoon, and Byoungho Lee "SOA based multiwavelength fiber ring laser with tunability of both channel spacing and wavelength", Proc. SPIE 6351, Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices III, 635110 (3 October 2006);

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