Narrow-linewidth broadly tunable Yb-doped Q-switched fiber laser using multimode interference filter.Appl Opt. 2017 May 01; 56(13):3783-3788.AO
A narrow-linewidth broadly tunable Yb-doped Q-switched fiber laser using an acousto-optic modulator and multimode interference filter (MMIF) in the linear bulk cavity resonator and an all-fiber ring cavity resonator has been demonstrated. Insertion of an MMIF in the linear cavity resonator using bulk components decreased the spectral bandwidth of the Q-switched signal by two orders of magnitude from 11 to less than 0.1 nm. Spectral tunability of more than 16 nm in the range from 1057 to 1073 nm has also been achieved by the combination of MMIF and a standard polarization controller (SPC). A decrease in the pulse duration with a decrease in the spectral bandwidth of the output signal has also been recorded. The pulse duration of the Q-switched signal was reduced from ∼305 to ∼240 ns by the introduction of the MMIF in the resonator at the same value of the input pump power. In the case of the all-fiber Q-switched ring cavity resonator, the spectral bandwidth of the Q-switched signal was reduced by two orders of magnitude from ∼17 to less than 0.1 nm due to the introduction of the MMIF in the resonator. The spectral tunability of more than 12 nm in the range from 1038 to 1050 nm was achieved by an MMIF and an SPC.