Arbitrary Waveform Generation by Cavity Dumping of Hybrid Fibre Laser with Two Active Media

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Abstract

We present a new practical method for direct laser synthesis of arbitrary optical waveforms with nanosecond resolution. It is based on partial dumping of cavity in the hybrid fiber laser with two amplifying media, namely, erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) and semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). Use of EDFA in combination with SOA prevents cavity dumped operation from relaxation oscillations. Such oscillations inherent in case of pure EDFA-based lasers and restrict possible timing for cavity dumping [1]. In the proposed configuration ( Fig. 1(a) ), EDFA operation is assisted by preamplification in the deeply saturated SOA which features relatively fast (sub-nanosecond) gain recovery. This approach allows sustaining nearly constant radiation power at the EDFA input when the laser cavity undergoes partial dumping, and thus prevents relaxation oscillations. As compared with pure SOA-based cavity-dumped configurations [2] , the combined active media gives tenfold increase in output laser power and energy. It allows synthesis of arbitrary optical waveforms with energy up to 50 nJ within the nanosecond time scale. Power characteristics of the laser system are shown in Fig. 1(b). Figure 1(c) presents time trace of the synthesized optical waveform. For comparison, Fig. 1(d) illustrates an attempt to synthesize the same waveform without use of SOA in the laser. It appeared to be greatly affected by relaxation oscillations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665418768
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Event2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 21 Jun 202125 Jun 2021

Publication series

Name2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021

Conference

Conference2021 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period21.06.202125.06.2021

OECD FOS+WOS

  • 1.03.UH PHYSICS, ATOMIC, MOLECULAR & CHEMICAL
  • 1.03.SY OPTICS

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