21 April 2008 Dynamics and spectral properties of a grating-free Raman laser made with a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber
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Abstract
We demonstrate a Raman laser made from a grating-free highly-nonlinear photonic crystal fiber. The laser threshold power is lower than 600 mW and laser power characteristics recorded in experiments are accurately described from the usual simplest model dealing only with stationary evolutions of total optical powers. Experimental investigations of the spectral properties of our grating-free Raman fiber laser evidence that the shape of the Stokes power spectrum remains remarkably Gaussian whatever the incident pump power. Increasing the incident pump power induces a drift of the Stokes wavelength together with a broadening of the Stokes optical spectrum. Investigations on the role of light polarization on laser characteristics show that our grating-free Raman fiber laser behaves as a Raman laser made with a standard polarization maintaining fiber. At high pump power, the birth of the second-order Stokes wave induces a destabilization of the laser output with the emergence of self-oscillations of the optical powers which are explained from the interplay between counterpropagating pump and Stokes waves through stimulated Raman scattering.
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S. Randoux, N. Y. Joly, G. Mélin, A. Fleureau, L. Galkovsky, S. Lempereur, and P. Suret "Dynamics and spectral properties of a grating-free Raman laser made with a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber", Proc. SPIE 6990, Photonic Crystal Fibers II, 699009 (21 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779733; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.779733
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