Nonlinear absorption of SWNT film and its effects to the operation state of pulsed fiber laser

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  • Xiaohui Li
  • Yonggang Wang
  • Yishan Wang
  • Wei Zhao
  • Xuechao Yu
  • Zhipei Sun
  • Xueping Cheng
  • Xia Yu
  • Ying Zhang
  • Qi Jie Wang

Research units

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • CAS - Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics
  • JPT Electronics Pte. Ltd.
  • Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology


We study a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite as a saturable absorber (SA) for pulse generation in Yb-doped fiber lasers. The saturable absorption and optical limiting (OL) characteristics of the SWNT device are investigated. By combing these two nonlinear effects, we find out for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, that mode-locking can be obtained in the dissipative soliton regime at low pumping followed by Q-switching at high pumping, which is quite different from conventional pulse dynamic evolutions. The Qswitched state operating at higher pump powers is due to the OL effect. The inverted operating fiber laser can be applied in various potential applications such as versatile material processing, optical communication and radar system etc.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17227-17235
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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