Precise Locking of the Repetition Rate of a SESAM Mode-Locking All Polarization Maintaining Fiber Laser

LUO Jiang1 YANG Song1 HAO Qiang1 ZENG Heping1,2

(1.School of Optical-Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China 200093)
(2.State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China 200062)

【Abstract】High precision locking of the repetition rate of mode-locked all polarization maintaining fiber laser for a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror is achieved by using the method of resonance-enhanced nonlinearity in an additional active fiber. A 980/1 064 nm wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) and a piece of Er-fiber are added in the fiber cavity to induce the change of nonlinear refractive index and optical cavity length. By feedback controlling the pump power of LD2, the refractive index of the Er-fiber is modulated, and thus the optical length of the laser can be controlled to achieve the high precision locking of the repetition rate. The length of the Er-fiber and the initial pump power of LD2 are optimized to maximize the range and precision for repetition rate locking. Results show that controlling range as much as 180 Hz is obtained in the condition of 1.75 m length of Er-fiber. The repetition rate of locking accuracy is just closely related to the initial pump power and is not significantly affected by the length of Er-fiber. The range of peak-to-peak value of repetition rate is less than 0.5 mHz, the corresponding standard deviation is 0.16 mHz, and the standard deviation of output power is 0.009 mW in the condition of 18 mW pump power of LD2. Moreover, the pump power of LD1 is controlled by the feedback, when removing Er-fiber and the WDM. Due to the superposition of the resonance-enhanced nonlinearity and the Kerr nonlinearity on the refractive index of Yb-fiber, the repetition rate increases to 1 kHz with a slight decrease of locking accuracy in a stable single pulse mode locking range.

【Keywords】 fiber optics; fiber laser; mode-locking; repetition rate locking; nonlinear refractive index;

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【Funds】 National Key Scientific Instrument Project, China (2012YQ150092) National Natural Science Foundation of China (11404211) Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai City, China (13ZR1458100)

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ISSN:0253-2239

CN: 31-1252/O4

Vol 37, No. 02, Pages 70-75

February 2017

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Abstract

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Experimental setup and methods
  • 3 Experimental data and analysis
  • 4 Conclusion
  • References