Metal nanomaterials have promising applications in ultrafast photonics due to their broadband operation, large third-order nonlinear susceptibility, and ultrafast recovery time. We realized a Q-switched pulsed erbium-doped fiber laser based on a silver nanoplate polyvinyl alcohol film as a saturable absorber. This film, with a modulation depth of 15.7%, was integrated into a fiber laser by means of a sandwich structure. We obtained Q-switched pulses in the 1.5-mu m band, which plays an important role in telecommunications and atmospheric detection. Stable Q-switched pulses were obtained at the pump power of 135 mW, with a single pulse energy of 33.8 nJ, a pulse width of 2.3 mu s, a repetition rate of 62.4 kHz, and a signal-to-noise ratio of about 45 dB. When increasing the pump power up to a maximum value of 246 mW, the maximum single pulse energy of 57.8 nJ was achieved. This study first demonstrates the potential of silver nanoplates as saturable absorbers in generating stable laser pulses with high energy.

Silver Nanoplate Composites as Nonlinear Saturable Absorbers for a Q-Switched Laser

Condorelli, M;Pulvirenti, M;Compagnini, G;Scardaci, V
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2022-01-01

Abstract

Metal nanomaterials have promising applications in ultrafast photonics due to their broadband operation, large third-order nonlinear susceptibility, and ultrafast recovery time. We realized a Q-switched pulsed erbium-doped fiber laser based on a silver nanoplate polyvinyl alcohol film as a saturable absorber. This film, with a modulation depth of 15.7%, was integrated into a fiber laser by means of a sandwich structure. We obtained Q-switched pulses in the 1.5-mu m band, which plays an important role in telecommunications and atmospheric detection. Stable Q-switched pulses were obtained at the pump power of 135 mW, with a single pulse energy of 33.8 nJ, a pulse width of 2.3 mu s, a repetition rate of 62.4 kHz, and a signal-to-noise ratio of about 45 dB. When increasing the pump power up to a maximum value of 246 mW, the maximum single pulse energy of 57.8 nJ was achieved. This study first demonstrates the potential of silver nanoplates as saturable absorbers in generating stable laser pulses with high energy.
2022
Q-switched laser
erbium-doped fiber laser
silver nanoplates
saturable absorber
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