Ultrafast all-fibre laser mode-locked by polymer-free carbon nanotube film

Sergey Kobtsev, Aleksey Ivanenko, Yury G. Gladush, Boris Nyushkov, Alexey Kokhanovskiy, Anton S. Anisimov, Albert G. Nasibulin

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    This work for the first time reports the results on study of a polymer-free carbon nanotube (CNT) films used as a saturable absorber in an all-fibre laser. It is demonstrated that free-standing single-walled CNT films fabricated by an aerosol method are able to ensure generation of transform-limited pulses in an Er all-fibre ring laser with duration of several picoseconds and high quality of mode locking. The optimal average output power levels are identified, amounting to 0.4-0.5 mW depending on the linear transmission of the studied samples (60% or 80%). Application of polymer-free CNT films solves problems related to degradation of conventional polymer matrices of CNT-based saturable absorbers and paves the way to longer-lasting and more reliable saturable absorbers compatible with all-fibre laser configurations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28768-28773
    Number of pages6
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number25
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2016


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