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High-power, cascaded random Raman fiber laser with near complete conversion over wide wavelength and power tuning

Balaswamy, V and Ramachandran, Siddharth and Supradeepa, VR (2019) High-power, cascaded random Raman fiber laser with near complete conversion over wide wavelength and power tuning. In: OPTICS EXPRESS, 27 (7). pp. 9725-9732.

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Cascaded Raman fiber lasers based on random distributed feedback (RDFB) are proven to be wavelength agile, enabling high powers outside rare-earth doped emission windows. In these systems, by simply adjusting the input pump power and wavelength, high-power lasers can be achieved at any wavelength within the transmission window of optical fibers. However, there are two primary limitations associated with these systems, which in turn limits further power scaling and applicability. Firstly, the degree of wavelength conversion or spectral purity (percentage of output power in the desired wavelength band) that can be achieved is limited. This is attributed to intensity noise transfer of input pump source to Raman Stokes orders, which causes incomplete power transfer reducing the spectral purity. Secondly, the output power range over which the high degree of wavelength conversion is maintained is limited. This is due to unwanted Raman conversion to the next Stokes order with increasing power. Here, we demonstrate a high-power, cascaded Raman fiber laser with near complete wavelength conversion over a wide wavelength and power range. We achieve this by culmination of two recent developments in this field. We utilize our recently proposed filtered feedback mechanism to terminate Raman conversion at arbitrary. wavelengths, and we use the recently demonstrated technique (by J Dong and associates) of low-intensity noise pump sources (Fiber ASE sources) to achieve high-purity Raman conversion. Pump-limited output powers >34W and wavelength conversions >97% (highest till date) were achieved over a broad - 1.1 mu m to 1.5 mu m tuning range. In addition, high spectral purity (>90%) was maintained over a broad output power range (>15%), indicating the robustness of this laser against input power variations. (C) 2019 Optical Society of America under the terms of the OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to OPTICAL SOC AMER
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 10:08
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 10:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/62736

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