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Minggui Wan, Lin Wang, Feng Li, Yuan Cao, Xudong Wang, Xinhuan Feng, Bai-Ou Guan, P K A Wai
We propose and successfully demonstrate a k-space linear and self-clocked wavelength scanning fiber laser source based on recirculating frequency shifting (RFS). The RFS is realized with a high speed electro-optic dual parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator operating at the state of carrier suppressed single sideband modulation. A gated short pulse is injected into an amplified RFS loop to generate the wavelength scanning pulse train. We find that the accumulation of in-band amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise over multiple scanning periods will saturate the erbium-doped fiber amplifier and impede the amplification to the pulse signal in the RFS loop...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Champak Khurmi, Nicolas Bourbeau Hébert, Wen Qi Zhang, Shahraam Afshar V, George Chen, Jérôme Genest, Tanya M Monro, David G Lancaster
We report mode-locked ~1550 nm output of transform-limited ~180 fs pulses from a large mode-area (diameter ~50 μm) guided-wave erbium fluorozirconate glass laser. The passively mode-locked oscillator generates pulses with 25 nm bandwidth at 156 MHz repetition rate and peak-power of 260 W. Scalability to higher repetition rate is demonstrated by transform-limited 410 fs pulse output at 1.3 GHz. To understand the origins of the broad spectral output, the laser cavity is simulated by using a numerical solution to the Ginzburg-Landau equation...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Weifu Sun, Zihan Chen, Junli Zhou, Dongyu Li, Zhen Huang, Xiao Jin, Qin Zhang, Feng Li, Qinghua Li
In this work, ytterbium-erbium co-doped strontium molybdate (SrMoO4, SMO) nanophosphors (NPs), denoted as SMO:Yb/Er, have been successfully prepared. These NPs were then incorporated into TiO2 acceptor films in hybrid solar cells to enhance light harvesting by virtue of an up-conversion process where low energy photons can be converted into high energy photons through multi-photon processes. The results showed that the SMO:Yb/Er single crystal NPs are capable of turning near infrared photons into visible ones that can be easily captured by poly(thieno[3,4-b]-thiophene/benzodithiophene) (PTB7)...
November 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Preawphan Punyaratabandhu, Rungsima Wanitphakdeedecha, Penvadee Pattanaprichakul, Panitta Sitthinamsuwan, Weeranut Phothong, Sasima Eimpunth, Visnu Lohsiriwat, Woraphong Manuskiatti
Topical anaesthetic cream (TAC) is commonly used as a pre-treatment of ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) laser. Most of anaesthetic cream contains distilled water as major component. Therefore, pre-operative TAC may interfere the photothermal reaction in the skin treated with fractional carbon-dioxide (FCO2) laser and fractional erbium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (FEr:YAG) laser. The objective of the study was to compare the ablative width (AW) and coagulative depth (CD) of AFR laser with and without pre-treatment with TAC...
November 24, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Miaofei Meng, Xiying Ma
We investigated the surface morphologies, crystal structures, and optical characteristics of rare earth element erbium (Er)-doped MoS2 (Er: MoS2) thin films fabricated on Si substrates via chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The surface mopography, crystalline structure, light absorption property, and the photoelectronic characteristics of the Er: MoS2 films were studied. The results indicate that doping makes the crystallinity of MoS2 films better than that of the undoped film. Meanwhile, the electron mobility and conductivity of the Er-doped MoS2 films increase about one order of magnitude, and the current-voltage (I-V) and the photoelectric response characteristics of the Er:MoS2/Si heterojunction increase significantly...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
M A Lourenço, M M Milošević, A Gorin, R M Gwilliam, K P Homewood
We report on the super enhancement of the 1.54 μm Er emission in erbium doped silicon-on-insulator when codoped with oxygen at a ratio of 1:1. This is attributed to a more favourable crystal field splitting in the substitutional tetrahedral site favoured for the singly coordinated case. The results on these carefully matched implant profiles show that optical response is highly determined by the amount and ratio of erbium and oxygen present in the sample and ratios of O:Er greater than unity are severely detrimental to the Er emission...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
Maja A Hofmann, Percy Lehmann
Rosacea is characterised by a wide variety of vascular changes. Apart from telangiectasia and erythema, often so-called flushing occurs. These vascular abnormalities can be targeted with specific light and laser devices. In addition to KTP laser, pulsed dye laser (PDL) and Nd:YAG laser, also intense pulsed light devices (IPLs) are used. The described therapeutic effects include the reduction of vascular abnormalities and even improvement of papulopustular changes. While the KTP laser shows very good results in telangiectasia, the dye laser and IPL devices are used preferably in erythema...
December 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
Maja A Hofmann, Percy Lehmann
Die Rosazea ist durch vielfältige vaskuläre Veränderungen gekennzeichnet. Neben Teleangiektasien und Erythemen treten häufig auch sogenannte "Flushings" auf. Haupteinsatzgebiete von Licht- und Lasersystemen sind diese vaskulären Veränderungen, wie Erytheme und Teleangiektasien. Neben dem KTP-Laser, dem Farbstofflaser (PDL) und dem Nd:YAG-Laser kommen auch Blitzlampen (IPL) zum Einsatz. Neben der Rückbildung der vaskulären Komponente, ist auch eine Verbesserung der papulopustulösen Komponente beschrieben...
December 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
D Jain, R Sidharthan, P M Moselund, S Yoo, D Ho, O Bang
We demonstrate highly germania doped fibers for mid-infrared supercontinuum generation. Experiments ensure a highest output power of 1.44 W for a broadest spectrum from 700 nm to 3200 nm and 6.4 W for 800 nm to 2700 nm from these fibers, while being pumped by a broadband Erbium-Ytterbium doped fiber based master oscillator power amplifier. The effect of repetition frequency of pump source and length of germania-doped fiber has also been investigated. Further, germania doped fiber has been pumped by conventional supercontinuum source based on silica photonic crystal fiber supercontinuum source...
November 14, 2016: Optics Express
Yufeng Song, Si Chen, Qian Zhang, Lei Li, Luming Zhao, Han Zhang, Dingyuan Tang
We report on the optical saturable absorption of few-layer black phosphorus nanoflakes and demonstrate its application for the generation of vector solitons in an erbium-doped fiber laser. By incorporating the black phosphorus nanoflakes-based saturable absorber (SA) into an all-fiber erbium-doped fiber laser cavity, we are able to obtain passive mode-locking operation with soliton pulses down to ~670 fs. The properties and dynamics of the as-generated vector solitons are experimentally investigated. Our results show that BP nanoflakes could be developed as an effective SA for ultrashort pulse fiber lasers, particularly for the generation of vector soliton pulses in fiber lasers...
November 14, 2016: Optics Express
Shadi George Moawad, Joseph Bouserhal, Mohammad Kusai Al-Munajed
INTRODUCTION: Maxillary transverse deficiency (MTD) is one of the most pervasive and common skeletal problems in the craniofacial complex. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of associating the application of Erbium-YAG laser with rapid maxillary expansion (RME) for treating MTD in young adult patients with permanent dentition in regard to skeletal and dental effects. METHODS: Twenty-four subjects, aged from 15.5 to 19 years and needing RME as a therapeutic procedure, were randomly assigned to either the laser group (n=12) or the control group (n=12)...
November 14, 2016: International Orthodontics
Ali Balevi, Pelin Ustuner, Mustafa Ozdemir
BACKGROUND: Several lasers have been used for the treatment of xanthelasma palpebrarum (XP), such as Q-switched Neodymium:Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (QSNd:YAG), Erbium:Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (Er:YAG) laser. However, there is no comparemental study among these laser options in the treatment of XP. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the clinical efficacy and response rates of QSNd:YAG and Er:YAG in the treatment of XP. METHODS: Sixty patients with a total of 102 XP lesions were randomly and equally divided into two groups...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Nanxi Li, Erman Timurdogan, Christopher V Poulton, Matthew Byrd, Emir Salih Magden, Zhan Su, Purnawirman, Gerald Leake, Douglas D Coolbaugh, Diedrik Vermeulen, Michael R Watts
We demonstrate swept-wavelength operation of an erbium-doped fiber laser using a tunable silicon microring cavity. The microring cavity is designed to have 35 nm free spectral range, a high Q of 1.5 × 10<sup>5</sup>, and low insertion loss of <0.05 dB. The resonance wavelength of the cavity is tuned efficiently (8.1μW/GHz) and rapidly (τ<sub>r,f</sub>~2.2μs) using an embedded Si heater. The laser achieves single-mode continuous-wave emission over the C-band (1530 nm-to-1560 nm)...
October 3, 2016: Optics Express
Yujia Li, Lei Gao, Wei Huang, Cong Gao, Min Liu, Tao Zhu
We report an all-fiber passively mode-locked laser based on a saturable absorber fabricated by filling short single-wall carbon nanotubes into cladding holes of grapefruit-type photonic crystal fiber. The single-wall carbon nanotube is insensitive to polarization of light for its one-dimensional structure, which suppresses the polarization dependence loss. Carbon nanotubes interact with photonic crystal fiber with ultra-weak evanescent field, which enhances the damage threshold of the saturable absorber and improves the operating stability...
October 3, 2016: Optics Express
Kunlun Yan, Khu Vu, Rongping Wang, Steve Madden
We report Er-doped Ge-Ga-Se films and waveguides deposited using co-thermal evaporation and patterned with plasma etching. Strong photoluminescence at 1.54 µm with intrinsic lifetime of 1 ms was obtained from deposited films with 1490 nm excitation. Erbium population inversion up to 50% was achieved, with a maximum of ~55% possible at saturation for the first time to the author's knowledge, approaching the theoretical maximum of 65%. Whilst gain was not achieved due to the presence of upconversion pumped photoinduced absorption, this nonetheless represents a further important step towards the realization of future chalcogenide Erbium doped waveguide amplifiers at 1550 nm and in the Mid-infrared...
October 3, 2016: Optics Express
Ruoyu Sun, Dongchen Jin, Fangzhou Tan, Shouyu Wei, Chang Hong, Jia Xu, Jiang Liu, Pu Wang
We report a high-power all-fiber-integrated femtosecond chirped pulse amplification system operating at 1064 nm, which consists of a dispersive wave source, a fiber stretcher, a series of ytterbium-doped amplifiers and a chirped volume Bragg grating (CVBG) compressor. The dispersive wave is generated by an erbium-doped mode-locked fiber laser with frequency shifted to the 1 μm region in a highly nonlinear fiber. With three stages of ytterbium-doped amplification, the average output power is scaled up to 125 W...
October 3, 2016: Optics Express
Fangzhou Tan, Hongxing Shi, Ruoyu Sun, Peng Wang, Pu Wang
We present a compact thulium-doped chirped pulse amplifier producing 241 fs pulses with 1 μJ energy. The system is seeded with the Raman shifted soliton generated by the combination of an erbium-doped femtosecond laser and a nonlinear fiber. The Tm-doped large mode area fiber yields output power of 71 W, corresponding to pulse energy of 2.04 μJ, with a slope efficiency of 52.2%. The amplified pulses have been compressed to a duration time of 241 fs, using a folded Treacy grating setup. The pulse energy is measured to be 1...
October 3, 2016: Optics Express
Karol Krzempek, Krzysztof Abramski
Emission of an all-fiber, Dissipative Soliton Resonance (DSR) mode-locked, Double-Clad (DC), Erbium-Ytterbium (Er:Yb) laser configuration is investigated under several different values of large anomalous dispersion. The laser was mode-locked by means of Nonlinear Amplifying Loop Mirror (NALM) in a Figure-8 (F8) resonator configuration. The boundaries of anomalous dispersion in which the laser operated in purely DSR regime was experimentally verified by changing the length of passive SMF28 fiber spliced into the NALM...
October 3, 2016: Optics Express
Toshihiko Hirooka, Kazunari Tokuhira, Masato Yoshida, Masataka Nakazawa
We report a regeneratively FM mode-locked erbium fiber laser operating at 9.2 GHz, in which a SESAM saturable absorber and a higher-order soliton effect are combined to generate a 440 fs pulse train. Higher-order solitons have a narrow center peak while accompanied by pedestals on the wing, but such components can be well suppressed by the saturable absorber, which enables very efficient pulse narrowing. As a result, 440 and 480 fs transform-limited sech pulses were successfully obtained at output powers of 15 and 45 mW, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Optics Express
Xiang Zhang, Hongyu Hu, Wenbo Li, Niloy K Dutta
We propose and demonstrate a hybrid mode-locked erbium-doped fiber ring laser by combining the rational harmonic mode-locking technique and passive mode locking based on nonlinear polarization rotation in a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber. By carefully adjusting the modulation frequency and the polarization controllers in the cavity, a 30 GHz pulse train with improved stability and narrower pulse width is generated. The pulse width at 30 GHz using rational harmonic mode locking alone is 5.8 ps. This hybrid scheme narrows the pulse width to 1...
October 1, 2016: Applied Optics
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