Erbium-doped fiber ring laser tuning using an intra-cavity Fabry-Perot filter
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A tunable erbium-doped fiber ring laser using an intra-cavity Fabry-Perot filter as the tuning element is investigated. Tuning is achieved by varying the applied voltage which controls the FP cavity length. The laser's wavelength is monitored using an optical spectrum analyzer to determine the laser's spectral characteristics under static conditions at different wavelengths over its tuning range of approximately 50nm. When the laser is tuned rapidly, the frequency versus time characteristic is determined using a fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer with a photodetector to convert the optical signal to an electrical signal. The core of the research is to determine the degree of spectral broadening of the laser as a function of the spectral tuning rate. The fringe contrast of fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer transmittance curves decreases with increase in the tuning frequency. The gain at a certain wavelength becomes a function of time putting an upper limit on the tuning frequency of the system. The carrier lifetime of erbium ions dictates the maximum achievable tuning speed.
Malik, Bilal Hameed (2006). Erbium-doped fiber ring laser tuning using an intra-cavity Fabry-Perot filter. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from