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Frontiers of Optoelectronics

Front. Optoelectron.    2020, Vol. 13 Issue (2) : 149-155
Fe3O4 nanoparticle-enabled mode-locking in an erbium-doped fiber laser
Xiaohui LI1(), Jiajun PENG1, Ruisheng LIU1,2, Jishu LIU1, Tianci FENG1, Abdul Qyyum1, Cunxiao GAO2(), Mingyuan XUE2, Jian ZHANG2
1. College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119, China
2. State Key Laboratory of Transient Optics and Photonics, Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an 710119, China
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In this paper, we have proposed and demonstrated the generation of passively mode-locked pulses and dissipative soliton resonance in an erbium-doped fiber laser based on Fe3O4 nanoparticles as saturable absorbers. We obtained self-starting mode-locked pulses with fundamental repetition frequency of 7.69 MHz and center wavelength of 1561 nm. The output of a pulsed laser has spectral width of 0.69 nm and pulse duration of 14 ns with rectangular pulse profile at the pump power of 190 mW. As far as we know, this is the first time that Fe3O4 nanoparticles have been developed as low-dimensional materials for passive mode-locking with rectangular pulse. Our experiments have confirmed that Fe3O4 has a wide prospect as a nonlinear photonics device for ultrafast fiber laser applications.

Keywords Fe3O4      rectangular pulse      dissipative soliton      erbium-doped fiber      nonlinear photonics     
Corresponding Author(s): Xiaohui LI,Cunxiao GAO   
Just Accepted Date: 30 June 2020   Online First Date: 13 July 2020    Issue Date: 21 July 2020
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Xiaohui LI,Jiajun PENG,Ruisheng LIU, et al. Fe3O4 nanoparticle-enabled mode-locking in an erbium-doped fiber laser[J]. Front. Optoelectron., 2020, 13(2): 149-155.
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Fig.1  SEM image of Fe3O4
Fig.2  Nonlinear transmission of Fe3O4-SAs
Fig.3  Fiber laser with Fe3O4 as mode-locker
Fig.4  (a) Output power as function of the pump power. (b) Pulse train at pump power of 190 mW, the fundamental repetition frequency is 7.69 MHz at pump power of 190 mW. The interval of two pulses is ~130 ns
Fig.5  (a) Output spectrum at the pump power of 190 mW. (b) Evolution of spectrum with pump power from 190 to 240 mW. (c) Single pulse at the pump power of 190 mW. (d) Evolution of single pulse with pump power from 190 to 240 mW. (e) RF-spectrum of single frequency at the pump power of 190 mW ((e) is a magnified interception of (f)). (f) RF of frequency at the pump of 190 mW. (g) Evolutions of frequency and output power with pump power
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