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Enhanced switching speeds observed at 980 nm in neodymium-doped twin core fiber, using stimulated down-pumping at 1060 nm
Author(s): John W. Arkwright; Bin Wu; Iain M. Skinner; Pak Lim Chu
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Paper Abstract

In this presentation, preliminary observations and measurements of increased switching speeds in resonantly enhanced nonlinear systems are shown. The method uses stimulated down- pumping of the 4F3/2 metastable state in neodymium, but is applicable to any four- level system, or pseudo-four-level system such as erbium. Since the stimulated down-pumping is only initiated at the end of each switching period, the lifetime of the metastable state is not affected. Thus high up-pumping efficiencies are still possible. This allows both low power operation and fast relaxation to be achieved in the same switching system. The relaxation time has been reduced from approximately 390 microsecond(s) to less than 120 microsecond(s) , and it is shown that the reduction is dependent on the power of the down-pumping source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2073, Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers V, (15 February 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.168605
Show Author Affiliations
John W. Arkwright, Univ. of New South Wales and Siemens Victoria, Ltd. (Australia)
Bin Wu, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Iain M. Skinner, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Pak Lim Chu, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2073:
Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers V
Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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