Аннотация

A novel practical method for electronic triggering of essentially different pulsed regimes in fiber cavity lasers is introduced. The method relies on electronic control of complementary transmission characteristics of a fiber-coupled LiNbO3 waveguide electro-optic switch (WEOS) which plays the role of the variable output coupler in a fiber cavity. The method was studied using a testbed laser configuration comprised of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) and an all-fiber cavity. Modulation of the WEOS-based output coupling in the fast gain recovery configuration allowed not only high-quality mode locking and harmonic mode-locking at certain pulse repetition rates determined by the cavity round trip time, but it also allowed nanosecond pulsed output of the same quality to be yielded by cavity dumping at widely and continuously tunable repetition rate (ranging from kHz to MHz). Thus, WEOS-based electronically variable output coupling allows uniquely high flexibility for lasing regimes and characteristics within a single all-fiber cavity configuration.

Язык оригиналаанглийский
Страницы (с-по)14922-14932
Число страниц11
ЖурналOptics Express
Том28
Номер выпуска10
DOI
СостояниеОпубликовано - 11 мая 2020

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