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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), pp. 183-186. (doi:10.1049/ip-j:19870032).

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Abstract

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.

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Published date: June 1987

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Local EPrints ID: 78721
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78721
PURE UUID: ac5d9d48-fa51-4861-8d60-cca82f45f1bf

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:22

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Author: I.P. Alcock
Author: A.C. Tropper
Author: A.I. Ferguson
Author: D.C. Hanna

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