Q-switching, mode-locking and tunable operation around 0.9µm of a Nd doped monomode fibre laser


Alcock, I.P., Tropper, A.C., Ferguson, A.I. and Hanna, D.C. (1987) Q-switching, mode-locking and tunable operation around 0.9µm of a Nd doped monomode fibre laser. IEE Proceedings Part J, 134, (3), 183-186. (doi:10.1049/ip-j:19870032 ).

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Recent studies of monomode silica fibre which has rare-earth impurity ions incorporated into the core region have shown that it can exhibit laser action with low threshold and high efficiency when end pumped by an external laser source. In the paper we describe the first demonstration of Q-switching of the 4F(3/2) to 4 I (9/2) Nd3+ transition at 0.9µm using a fibre laser of this type. A birefringent filter has been used to tune the laser output over the range 0.900-0.945µm. We also report on the performance of the laser at 1.08µm under conditions of Q-switching and active mode-locking. In Q-switched operation an intracavity acousto-optic modulator was used to generate pulses of 200ns duration and 8.8 W peak power at repetition rates up to 1kHz. Active mode-locking of the fibre was accomplished using acousto-optic modulation of the cavity losses at 41.4 MHz, converting the laser output to a train of pulses of subnanosecond duration.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0267-3932
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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: 78721
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:59
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78721

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