28 March 2016 Bi2Se3 as a saturable absorber for ultrafast photonic applications of Yb-doped fiber lasers
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Abstract
We experimentally demonstrated a Q-switched mode-locked (QML) and a continuous-wave mode-locked (CWML) ytterbium-doped fiber lasers with topological insulator: Bi2Se3 as saturable absorber (SA) in all normal dispersion regime. The Bi2Se3-SA is conventionally composited by embedding Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets into polyvinyl alcohol thin film, which provides a modulation depth of 7.6% and a saturation intensity of 38.9  MW/cm2. Based on this SA, with different cavity length, ytterbium-doped fiber laser can be operated at QML and CWML state, respectively. In the QML operation, a Q-switched envelope has the shortest pulse width of 1.12  μs and the tunable repetition rate from 96 to 175 kHz. The largest pulse envelope energy is 39.6 nJ, corresponding to average output power of 6.93 mW. In the CWML operation, an environmentally stable dissipative soliton laser pulse with pulse duration of ∼210  ps is obtained. The single pulse energy is 0.83 nJ with the repetition rate of 11.38 MHz at the wavelength of 1037 nm.
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Kexuan Li, Jinrong Tian, Yanrong Song, Jinghui Liu, Heyang Guoyu, Runqin Xu, Meng Wang, Xiaohui Fang, "Bi2Se3 as a saturable absorber for ultrafast photonic applications of Yb-doped fiber lasers," Optical Engineering 55(3), 036110 (28 March 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.55.3.036110 . Submission:
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