Multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber laser employing cavity loss modulation

Xinhuan Feng, Hwa Yaw Tam, Chao Lu, Ping Kong Alexander Wai, Baiout Guan

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A novel and simple multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber laser is proposed and demonstrated. The combination of a polarization scrambler and a polarizer is employed to induce polarization-dependent-loss modulation. The loss modulation induced multiwavelength lasing by alleviating the mode competition caused by homogeneous gain broadening of the erbium-doped fiber. As a result, 11-wavelength lasing operation with wavelength spacing of 0.8 nm has been achieved. The output power distribution is quite uniform and the power fluctuation of each wavelength is smaller than 0.6 dB.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1314-1316
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2009


  • Erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFLs)
  • Loss modulation
  • Multiwavelength fiber lasers
  • Polarization-dependent loss (PDL)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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