Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) possess both remarkable optical properties and high potential for integration in various photonic devices. We overview, here, recent progress in CNT applications in fibre optics putting particular emphasis on fibre lasers. We discuss fabrication and characterisation of different CNTs, development of CNT-based saturable absorbers (CNT-SA), their integration and operation in fibre laser cavities putting emphasis on state-of-the-art fibre lasers, mode locked using CNT-SA. We discuss new design concepts of high-performance ultrafast operation fibre lasers covering ytterbium (Yb), bismuth (Bi), erbium (Er), thulium (Tm) and holmium (Ho)-doped fibre lasers.
Bibliographical note©2016, Maria Chernysheva et al., published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License.
Funding: Marie-Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme “TelaSens” project, Research Executive Agency Grant No. 269271, Programme: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES and European Research Council through the FP7-IDEAS-ERC grant ULTRALASER; Grant of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (agreement no. 14.B25.31.0003); Young Eastern Scholar program (QD2015027) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning, and Human Capacity Development Program of Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Iraq-Kurdistan Region.
- carbon nanotubes
- saturable absorber
- fibre laser