Mode-locked pulse generation from an allfiberized, Tm-Ho-codoped fiber laser incorporating a graphene oxide-deposited sidepolished fiber

Minwan Jung, Joonhoi Koo, Jaehyun Park, Yong Won Song, Young Min Jhon, Kwanil Lee, Sangbae Lee, Ju Han Lee

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Abstract

An in-depth experimental investigation was conducted into the use of a graphene oxide-based saturable absorber implemented on a sidepolished fiber platform for femtosecond pulse generation in the 2 μm region. First, it was experimentally shown that an all-fiberized thuliumholmium (Tm-Ho)-codoped fiber ring laser with reduced cavity length can produce stable femtosecond pulses by incorporating a graphene oxidedeposited side-polished fiber. Second, the measurement accuracy issue in obtaining a precise pulse-width value by use of an autocorrelator together with a silica fiber-based 2 μm-band amplifier was investigated. It showed that the higher-order soliton compression effect caused by the combination of anomalous dispersion and Kerr nonlinearity can provide incorrect pulsewidth information. Third, an experimental investigation into the precise role of the graphene oxide-deposited side-polished fiber was carried out to determine whether its polarization-dependent loss (PDL) can be a substantial contributor to mode-locking through nonlinear polarization rotation. By comparing its performance with that of a gold-deposited sidepolished fiber, the PDL contribution to mode-locking was found to be insignificant, and the dominant mode-locking mechanism was shown to be saturable absorption due to mutual interaction between the evanescent field of the oscillated beam and the deposited graphene oxide particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20062-20072
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Volume21
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Aug 2013

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