A simple system that simultaneously supports active mode-locking and self-seeding schemes for wavelength-tunable optical short-pulse generation is proposed. The system consists of a gain-switched Fabry-Perot laser diode, an erbium-doped fiber amplifier, a tunable optical filter, and two circulators. The mode-locked optical pulses exhibit good stability, a high side-mode suppression ratio of more than 31 dB over a wide wavelength tuning range of 42 nm, and a pulse width of around 35 ps at a repetition frequency of ∼2.8 GHz.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics