Self-injection locked and semiconductor amplified ultrashort cavity single-frequency Yb3+-doped phosphate fiber laser at 978 nm.Opt Express. 2017 Jan 23; 25(2):1535-1541.OE
Based on a self-injection locking scheme and the nonlinear amplification effect of a semiconductor optical amplifier, a low intensity noise amplified ultrashort cavity single-frequency fiber laser at 978 nm is demonstrated with a final output power of > 230 mW and a broad temperature range of > 15 °C for single-longitudinal-mode operation. The effective cavity length of the fiber oscillator is less than 6 mm, comprising a 3.5-mm-long highly Yb3+-doped phosphate fiber and a pair of fiber Bragg gratings. For the frequency range from 1.8 to 10 MHz, the relative intensity noise close to -150 dB/Hz is achieved. The signal-to-noise ratio of > 68 dB and the laser linewidth of < 10 kHz are obtained. Such narrow linewidth low noise 978 nm laser is promising, as the high-performance pump source or the efficient blue and UV light sources after nonlinear frequency conversion.