A diode-pumped, first-window optical fibre amplifier providing up to +12dBm of output

Lauder, R.D.T., Tropper, A.C., Hanna, D.C., Percival, R.M., Szebesta, D. and Wyatt, R. (1994) A diode-pumped, first-window optical fibre amplifier providing up to +12dBm of output. In, CLEO '94: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Amsterdam, NL, 28 Aug - 02 Sep 1994.


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The thulium ion is one of great interest when it is doped within fluorozirconate glass due to the number of transitions available for stimulated emission. One such transition is the 3F4 to 3H6 transition at 0.8 µm. This is of interest as it lies within the first window for optical communication. There is growing interest in the use of this window for local area networks, passive optical networks, or supervisory systems. Small signal amplification of up to 23 dB has been reported for this transition in a thulium-doped fluoride fibre using a Ti:sapphire laser as the pump source. We report here the first diode pumped operation of this optical amplifier. An intrinsic small signal gain in excess of 30 dB was achieved. With a launched 807-nm signal power of -10 dBm, intrinsic gain of 21 dB was observed, producing amplified output powers of +11 dBm. An intrinsic gain of greater than 20 dB was observed for signals over the spectral range of 802 nm to 810 nm. The greatest amplified output power obtained for this system was 12.8 dBm for 30 mW of launched diode pump power.

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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 77188
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:11
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/77188

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