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Random fiber lasers based on artificially controlled backscattering fibers
Author(s): Daru Chen; Xiaoliang Wang; Lijuan She; Zexuan Qiang; Zhangwei Yu
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Paper Abstract

The random fiber laser (RFL) which is a milestone in laser physics and nonlinear optics, has attracted considerable attention recently. Most previous RFLs are based on distributed feedback of Rayleigh scattering amplified through stimulated Raman/Brillouin scattering effect in single mode fibers, which required long-distance (tens of kilometers) single mode fibers and high threshold up to watt-level due to the extremely small Rayleigh scattering coefficient of the fiber. We proposed and demonstrated a half-open cavity RFL based on a segment of a artificially controlled backscattering SMF(ACB-SMF) with a length of 210m, 310m or 390m. A fiber Bragg grating with the central wavelength of 1530nm and a segment of ACB-SMF forms the half-open cavity. The proposed RFL achieves the threshold of 25mW, 30mW and 30mW, respectively. Random lasing at the wavelength of 1530nm and the extinction ratio of 50dB is achieved when a segment of 5m EDF is pumped by a 980nm LD in the RFL. Another half-open cavity RFL based on a segment of a artificially controlled backscattering EDF(ACBS-EDF) is also demonstrated without an ACB-SMF. The 3m ACB-EDF is fabricated by using the femtosecond laser with pulse energy of 0.34mJ which introduces about 50 reflectors in the EDF. Random lasing at the wavelength of 1530nm is achieved with the output power of 7.5mW and the efficiency of 1.88%. Two novel RFLs with much short cavities have been achieved with low threshold and high efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10457, AOPC 2017: Laser Components, Systems, and Applications, 104571B (24 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2284104
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Daru Chen, Zhejiang Normal Univ. (China)
Xiaoliang Wang, Zhejiang Normal Univ. (China)
Lijuan She, Zhejiang Normal Univ. (China)
Zexuan Qiang, Zhejiang Normal Univ. (China)
Zhangwei Yu, Zhejiang Normal Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10457:
AOPC 2017: Laser Components, Systems, and Applications
Shibin Jiang; Lijun Wang; Lan Jiang; Long Zhang, Editor(s)

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