In this work we present a new architecture for a laser gyroscope based on the use of a Sagnac fiber loop mirror. The proposed system has the unique property that its scale factor can be increased by increasing the gain of the optical amplifier used in the system as demonstrated experimentally using standard single mode fiber and explained physically by the system operation. The proposed gyroscope system is also capable of identifying the direction of rotation. This new structure opens the door for a new category of low cost optical gyroscopes.
Dual-wavelength fiber lasers provide a low cost and simple method for the optical generation of microwave and THz radiation over the electrical techniques. The main reported technique for this purpose is based on the use of FBGs with two different and close wavelengths allowing these two wavelengths only to oscillate within a laser cavity comprising EDFA or SOA gain medium, where the latter provides much less homogeneous line-broadening and improved stability. Non-conventional FBGs and filtering mechanisms were reported all based on unidirectional configuration, where the two wavelengths propagate in the same direction in the ring laser. In this work, we report a tunable dual-wavelength ring laser including non-reciprocal circulators connected back to back providing uncommon path and allowing for having each wavelength rotating in a different direction in the ring. This technique provides the flexibility of controlling each of the wavelengths separately in terms of tunability, polarization and losses. Two tunable Fabry-Perot filters are inserted in the uncommon path and the wavelength of the CW and the CCW waves are controlled independently. Polarization controllers are used in the ring to achieve better stability and achieve single longitudinal mode of operation. For a given settings of the filters, the wavelength of the CW wave is 1485.2 nm while the CCW wave wavelength is 1488.5 nm. The generation of tunable dual wavelength laser is demonstrated by tuning of either of the Fabry-Perot filters. For instance, the CCW wave was tuned from 1532.2 nm to 1534.1 nm while holding the CW at 1535.2 nm. The results demonstrate the generation of tunable dual-wavelength laser output in the proposed nonreciprocal ring, which allows for tunable THz generation.
Generation of a single-longitudinal mode (SLM) in bidirectional ring lasers has direct impact on the laser linewidth and dynamic range of operation, when used in rotation sensing applications. Besides, operating at a specific wavelength helps in optimizing the performance of the system components. In this work, we report a novel method for generating SLM in bidirectional SOA-fiber ring laser using mechanically tunable Fabry-Perot filter with 1-nm bandwidth. The method is based on gain starvation by tuning the central wavelength of the filter in the blue edge of the gain-wavelength response. By adjusting the SOA driving current, the oscillation condition is satisfied mainly for single mode and bidirectional operation can be achieved simultaneously. The SLM operation is verified by monitoring the beating signal between the modes on an RF spectrum analyzer. Using an SOA with a small-signal gain of 20 dB at 300 mA pumping current and a gain bandwidth of 100 nm centered around 1490 nm; the central wavelength of the ring laser could be tuned from 1440 nm to 1480 nm with a side-mode suppression ratio of 25 dB.
Fiber lasers are gaining wide attention nowadays due to their high stability, high reliability, low cost and compactness. Frequency modulation of the laser system has many applications such as wavelength tuning, active mode locking, generation of optical frequency combs and fiber sensors in general. In this work, we report frequency modulation of fiber ring laser system using transmission-type corner cube in-plane MEMS phase modulator fabricated by DRIE technology on an SOI substrate. The fiber-coupled MEMS-based phase modulator is inserted in a multilongitudinal mode fiber ring laser, which has a free spectral range of 345 kHz. By varying the applied voltage on the MEMS device, a wide range of the frequency modulation index can be achieved.