Novel multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber and Raman fiber ring lasers with continuous wavelength spacing tunability at room temperature

Young Geun Han, Ju Han Lee, Sang Bae Lee, Luca Potì, Antonella Bogoni

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In this paper, we investigate a flexibly tunable multiwavelength fiber ring laser with a continuous wavelength spacing tunability, incorporating a superimposed chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) at room temperature. We exploit versatile gain media such as erbium-doped fiber (EDF) and Raman amplifiers in generating the multiwavelength fiber ring laser. The wavelength spacing of a superimposed CFBG can be continuously controlled by modifying the chirp ratio of the grating with the specially designed apparatus. After configuring a fiber ring cavity with the proposed multichannel filter, we realize stable multiwavelength fiber ring lasers at room temperature, which are based on an EDF amplifier incorporating a highly nonlinear dispersion-shifted fiber or a Raman amplifier using a dispersion-compensated fiber. Power fluctuation is less than ∼0.6 dB. No lasing wavelength change is severally observed for the whole tuning range. For the multiwavelength EDF laser, stable 11-wavelength simultaneous operation spaced at 0.51 nm, with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of more than ∼45 dB at room temperature, is achieved. A high-quality multiwavelength Raman laser output with stable 30 lasing wavelengths spaced at 0.51 nm with a high SNR of more than ∼45 dB is also realized. By applying the proposed tuning technique to both the multiwavelength EDF and Raman lasers, a wide and continuous tunability of lasing wavelength spacing is successfully achieved, which is measured to be ∼ ±0.033 nm/mm. By controlling the pump power in the multiwavelength Raman fiber ring laser, we can control the number of lasing channels at a wavelength spacing of 0.51 nm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2219-2225
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Multiwavelength Raman laser
  • Multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser
  • Multiwavelength fiber laser
  • Superimposed chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG)
  • Wavelength spacing tunability


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