Influence of average cavity dispersion and spectral bandwidth on passively harmonic mode locked L-band Er-doped fiber laser

Qianqian Huang, Chuanhang Zou, Tianxing Wang, Mohammed Al Araimi, Aex Rozhin, Chengbo Mou

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We systematically study the impact of average cavity dispersion and pulse spectral bandwidth on harmonic mode locking in the long-wavelength band from an Er-doped fiber laser using carbon nanotubes polyvinyl alcohol (CNTs-PVA) film mode locker. By carrying out pulse energy management through optimizing the average cavity dispersion and optical spectral bandwidth, 2.08 GHz repetition rate corresponding to 201 st harmonic with 36.5 dB side mode suppression ratio (SMSR) can be realized under 205 mW pump power at 1597.53 nm. Furthermore, we systematically investigate the characteristics of the harmonically mode locked ultrashort optical pulses with different spectral bandwidths versus pump power under fixed cavity dispersion first. Key laser parameters have been studied including pumping efficiency, duration, energy, SMSR, and time bandwidth product. Enlightened by the experimental results, a simple law on preliminary and fast judgment of pulses frequency under fixed pump power is proposed, namely, by monitoring the pulse spectral bandwidth. The laser source featuring high repetition rate and L-band operation is greatly sought-after in some specific applications such as modern optical communication system etc.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8747448
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number4
Early online date27 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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  • Fiber lasers
  • laser mode locking
  • nanomaterials


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