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Passive Q-switching of fiber lasers using a broadband liquefying gallium mirror

Passive Q-switching of fiber lasers using a broadband liquefying gallium mirror
Passive Q-switching of fiber lasers using a broadband liquefying gallium mirror
Using a nonlinear cavity element, a liquefying gallium mirror, we demonstrate stable, self-starting, passive Q-switching of both erbium and ytterbium fiber laser cavities operating at wavelengths of 1550 and 1030 nm, respectively. The performance at 1550 nm is shown to be equivalent to that achieved with a state of the art semiconductor saturable absorber designed to work at this wavelength. The results highlight the suitability of this tremendously broadband, inexpensive nonlinear medium for a wide range of passive Q-switch applications.
0003-6951
3619-3621
Petropoulos, P.
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Offerhaus, H.L.
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Richardson, D.J.
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Dhanjal, S.
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Petropoulos, P.
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Offerhaus, H.L.
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Richardson, D.J.
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Dhanjal, S.
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Petropoulos, P., Offerhaus, H.L., Richardson, D.J., Dhanjal, S. and Zheludev, N.I. (1999) Passive Q-switching of fiber lasers using a broadband liquefying gallium mirror. Applied Physics Letters, 74 (24), 3619-3621. (doi:10.1063/1.123200).

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Using a nonlinear cavity element, a liquefying gallium mirror, we demonstrate stable, self-starting, passive Q-switching of both erbium and ytterbium fiber laser cavities operating at wavelengths of 1550 and 1030 nm, respectively. The performance at 1550 nm is shown to be equivalent to that achieved with a state of the art semiconductor saturable absorber designed to work at this wavelength. The results highlight the suitability of this tremendously broadband, inexpensive nonlinear medium for a wide range of passive Q-switch applications.

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Published date: 1999

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Local EPrints ID: 77805
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/77805
ISSN: 0003-6951
PURE UUID: e8d8d482-84be-45a3-a1ca-5e3201e1b0ac
ORCID for P. Petropoulos: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1576-8034
ORCID for D.J. Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-1058
ORCID for N.I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 02:05

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Author: P. Petropoulos ORCID iD
Author: H.L. Offerhaus
Author: D.J. Richardson ORCID iD
Author: S. Dhanjal
Author: N.I. Zheludev ORCID iD

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