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4 March 2015 Impact of chromatic dispersion and spectral filtering in an all-fiber mode-locked ytterbium laser
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In this study, a polarization maintaining (PM) all-fiber laser oscillator passively mode locked at 1.03 μm is presented. The mode locking is achieved by nonlinear polarization evolution occurring along a long span of standard PM fiber (26 m) spliced between an off-axis polarizer and a Faraday rotator mirror. The influence of the total chromatic dispersion and intra-cavity spectral filtering on pulsed operation is studied. Two experimental configurations have been tested. The first configuration is an all normal dispersion cavity using a looped fibered circulator combined to a 1.5 nm filter used as an end cavity mirror. The second configuration used highly reflective chirped Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) exhibiting different bandwidths (0.7 nm, 1.1 nm and 1.83 nm). The chromatic dispersion induced is +7.2 ps/nm for each FBG. Stable single-pulse mode locked operation has been demonstrated for each configuration. The study highlights however different mode-locking operations according to the intra-cavity spectral filtering and total chromatic dispersion of the cavity. For the first configuration, pulse duration is about 7 ps. According to the optical spectrum which has a FWHM of 2.2 nm, pulses may be compressed to subpicosecond durations with the help of a suited compressor like bulk gratings. Shortest pulses of 2.2 ps have been obtained at a repetition rate of 3.3 MHz with the second experimental configuration. To our knowledge, this is the smallest pulse duration delivered by a fully fibered mode locked laser operating at a repetition rate lower than 10 MHz without any external pulse compressor.
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S. Boivinet, J.-B. Lecourt, Y. Hernandez, A. A. Fotiadi, M. Wuilpart, and P. Mégret "Impact of chromatic dispersion and spectral filtering in an all-fiber mode-locked ytterbium laser", Proc. SPIE 9344, Fiber Lasers XII: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 934421 (4 March 2015);

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