Supercontinuum generation and lasing in thulium doped tellurite microstructured fibers

Zhi Xu Jia, Lai Liu, Chuan Fei Yao, Guan Shi Qin, Yasutake Ohishi, Wei Ping Qin

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We report supercontinuum (SC) generation in Tm3+ doped tellurite microstructured fibers (TMFs) pumped by a 1.56 μm femtosecond fiber laser. In comparison with SC generation in undoped TMFs, the SC spectral bandwidth and the spectral intensity in the wavelength region of >1.9 μm are evidently enlarged in Tm3+ doped TMFs owing to the contribution of the combination of linear gain of Tm3+ and the nonlinear optical effects to spectral broadening. Furthermore, a transition from SC generation to 1.887 μm lasing (Tm3+: 3F43H 6 transition) is observed in Tm3+ doped TMFs by varying the pulse width of the pump laser from 0.29 to 3.47 ps, which gives the evidence of the above spectral broadening mechanism. This is the first observation of the transition from SC generation to lasing, to the best of our knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063106
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 14 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


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