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Reflectivity of superimposed transient gratings in self-swept fiber lasers

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The recently observed laser wavelength self-sweeping is known for its large sweeping range up to tens of nanometers, single- or few-longitudinal mode operation and self-pulsing output [1-5]. The self-sweeping can be explained by spatial hole burning along the active fiber. The spatial hole burning cause also weak refractive index modulation [6-7]. Self-swept fiber lasers recently attained attention thanks to its practical applications in laser spectroscopy and fiber sensor systems as well as revealing physical insight view into important laser physics phenomena, e.g., the origin of self-Q-switching regime and longitudinal mode-instabilities in fiber lasers. We present evaluation of the reflectivity of superimposed transient fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) using a numerical model of fiber laser with refractive index gratings build-up. In contrast to single refractive index grating demonstrated earlier [6-7] we present more realistic case of several superimposed gratings with damped modulation depth. We show that the 100 % reflectivity and thus sudden enhancement of the cavity Q-factor can be easily achieved despite small modulation depth of the gratings. The differences of reflectivities of the single FBG and of the multiple superimposed damped FBGs are discussed. This work was supported by the Czech Science Foundation, project No. 16-13306S. [1] A. Lobach, S. I. Kablukov, E. V. Podivilov, and S. A. Babin, “Broad-range self-sweeping of a narrow-line self-pulsing Yb-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Express 19, 17632-17640 (2011). [2] V. Kir’yanov and N. Il’ichev, “Self-induced laser line sweeping in an ytterbium fiber laser with non-resonant Fabry-Perot cavity,” Laser Phys. Lett. 8, 305-312 (2011). [3] P. Peterka, P. Navrátil, J. Maria, B. Dussardier, R. Slavík, P. Honzátko, and V. Kubeček, “Self-induced laser line sweeping in double-clad Yb-doped fiber-ring lasers,” Laser Phys. Lett. 9, 445-450 (2012). [4] P. Peterka, J. Maria, B. Dussardier, R. Slavik, P. Honzatko, and V. Kubecek, “Long-period fiber grating as wavelength selective element in double-clad Yb-doped fiber-ring lasers,” Laser Phys. Lett. 6, 732-736 (2009). [5] P. Peterka, P. Navrátil, B. Dussardier, R. Slavík, P. Honzátko, and V. Kubeček, “Self-induced laser line sweeping and self-pulsing in double-clad fiber lasers in Fabry-Perot and unidirectional ring cavities,” In Proc. SPIE 8433, 843309 (2012). [6] P. Peterka, P. Honzátko, P. Koška, F. Todorov, J. Aubrecht, O. Podrazký, and I. Kašík, "Reflectivity of transient Bragg reflection gratings in fiber laser with laser-wavelength self-sweeping," Opt. Express 22:30024-30031, 2014. [7] P. Peterka, P. Honzátko, P. Koška, F. Todorov, J. Aubrecht, O. Podrazký, and I. Kašík, "Reflectivity of transient Bragg reflection gratings in fiber laser with laser-wavelength self-sweeping: erratum," Opt. Express 24, 16222-16223 (2016)

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2018
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10232, Micro-structured and Specialty Optical Fibres V, 1023208 (25 January 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2266696
Show Author Affiliations
Pavel Peterka, Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Pavel Koška, Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Jirí Ctyroký, Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10232:
Micro-structured and Specialty Optical Fibres V
Kyriacos Kalli; Jiri Kanka; Alexis Mendez; Pavel Peterka, Editor(s)

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