All Polarization-Maintaining Passively Mode-Locked Yb-Doped Fiber Laser: Pulse Compression Using an Anomalous Polarization-Maintaining Photonic Crystal Fiber

Abstract
We report the generation of short pulses at 1 μm using an all-polarization-maintaining (PM) fiber configuration. The pulses are provided by an all normal-dispersion Fabry-Perot Yb-doped cavity and are compressed with an anomalous polarization-maintaining photonic crystal fiber (PM PCF). Opposed to standard configurations; here the filtering action is solely performed by the finite bandwidth of the gain medium. The laser generates 8 ps width sech 2 profile pulses at 1046.8 nm with a −10 dB bandwidth of 5.9 nm. After compression using the PM PCF, pulses with an FWHM of 3 ps were obtained, limited by the actual value of the available anomalous dispersion. We also report the changes in the output light pulses when both the net-normal dispersion of the cavity and the medium gain length were varied. We found that the lack of a specific filter within the cavity does not deteriorate the performance as compared with previous works.
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Bibliographic reference
Cuadrado-Laborde, C., Carrascosa A., Díez, A., Cruz, J.L., Andrés, M.V., "All Polarization-Maintaining Passively Mode-Locked Yb-Doped Fiber Laser: Pulse Compression Using an Anomalous Polarization-Maintaining Photonic Crystal Fiber", IEEE Photonics Journal, Vol. 11, article 1505409 (2019)
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