Broadly tunable high-power random fibre laser

Sergey A. Babin*, Atalla E. El-Taher, Paul Harper, Evgenii V. Podivilov, Sergei K. Turitsyn

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As shown recently, a long telecommunication fibre may be treated as a natural one-dimensional random system, where lasing is possible due to a combination of random distributed feedback via Rayleigh scattering by natural refractive index inhomogeneities and distributed amplification through the Raman effect. Here we present a new type of a random fibre laser with a narrow (∼1 nm) spectrum tunable over a broad wavelength range (1535-1570 nm) with a uniquely flat (∼0.1 dB) and high (>2 W) output power and prominent (>40 %) differential efficiency, which outperforms traditional fibre lasers of the same category, e.g. a conventional Raman laser with a linear cavity formed in the same fibre by adding point reflectors. Analytical model is proposed that explains quantitatively the higher efficiency and the flatter tuning curve of the random fiber laser compared to conventional one. The other important features of the random fibre laser like "modeless" spectrum of specific shape and corresponding intensity fluctuations as well as the techniques of controlling its output characteristics are discussed. Outstanding characteristics defined by new underlying physics and the simplicity of the scheme implemented in standard telecom fibre make the demonstrated tunable random fibre laser a very attractive light source both for fundamental science and practical applications such as optical communication, sensing and secure transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFiber lasers IX
Subtitle of host publicationtechnology, systems, and applications
EditorsEric C. Honea, Sami T. Hendow
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA (US)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-8880-0
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2012
EventFiber lasers IX - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 23 Jan 201226 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameSPIE proceedings
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceFiber lasers IX
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
OtherTechnology, systems, and applications

Bibliographical note

Sergey A. Babin; Atalla E. El-Taher; Paul Harper; Evgenii V. Podivilov and Sergei K. Turitsyn. "Broadly tunable high-power random fibre laser", Proc. SPIE 8237, Fiber Lasers IX: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 82373E (February 9, 2012).

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  • distributed feedback
  • Fiber laser
  • narrow-line
  • Raman gain
  • random
  • Rayleigh scattering
  • tunable


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    Churkin, D. V., Gorbunov, O. A. & Smirnov, S. V., 9 Feb 2012, Fiber lasers IX: technology, systems, and applications. Honea, E. C. & Hendow, S. T. (eds.). Bellingham, WA (US): SPIE, 6 p. 82372W. (SPIE proceedings; vol. 8237).

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