Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science

School

School of Engineering

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Professor Kamal Alameh

Abstract

This thesis proposes and demonstrates experimentally two novel linear-cavity tunable fibre lasers employing an erbium-doped fibre (EDF) in conjunction with an Opto- VLSI processor and a MEMS-based device for wavelength selection. The Opto-VLSI processor and the MEMS-based device along with an optical collimator, a Bragg grating plate and an optical lens, enable the realisation of an optical filter for continuous tuning of wavelengths over the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) range of the EDF. We also propose the use of a section of un-pumped EDF as a saturable absorber (SA), which suppresses noise spikes caused by the high optical pumping power. Experimental results show that by optimising a length of the SA a single wavelength, high power laser signal can be achieved. In addition, we experimentally demonstrate that the performance of the proposed linear-cavity tunable fibre lasers is better than that of ring-cavity tunable laser counterparts. Specifically, we show that linear-cavity based tunable fibre lasers can achieve higher output power, a larger side mode rejection ratio (SMRR) and narrower laser linewidth than ring-cavity tunable fibre lasers.

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