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11 November 2014 Two kinds of novel tunable Thulium-doped fiber laser
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Two kinds of tunable Thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL) respectively using a Sagnac loop mirror and a novel tunable multimode interference (MMI) fiber filter are experimentally demonstrated. The TDFL with the Sagnac loop mirror made by a 145.5-cm polarization-maintaining fiber (PMF) can operate with stable dual-wavelength lasing or tunable single-wavelength lasing around 1860nm. Both stable dual-wavelength and tunable single-wavelength lasing are achieved by adjusting a polarization controller in the Sagnac loop mirror. The TDFL with a novel tunable MMI fiber filter formed by splicing a segment of a special no-core fiber that is an all silica fiber without fiber core to single mode fibers can achieve tuning range from 1813.52 nm to 1858.70 nm. The no-core fiber with a large diameter of 200 μm is gradually vertically covered by refractive index matching liquid, which leads to a wavelength tuning of the transmission peak of the MMI fiber filter. The relationship between the refractive index of the refractive index matching liquid and the peak wavelength shift of the MMI fiber filter is also discussed. Using the MMI fiber filter, a Thulium-doped fiber laser with a tuning range of 45.18 nm is demonstrated.
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Xiaowei Ma, Daru Chen, Gaofeng Feng, and Junyong Yang "Two kinds of novel tunable Thulium-doped fiber laser", Proc. SPIE 9274, Advanced Sensor Systems and Applications VI, 92740O (11 November 2014);

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