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Chin. Opt. Lett.
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Generation of cylindrical vector beams in a mode-locked fiber laser using a mode-selective coupler
Yu Cai1, Jie Wang1, Jiaojiao Zhang1, Hongdan Wan1, Zuxing Zhang1, and Lin Zhang1;2
1 Advanced Photonic Technology Lab, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 21 0023, China
2 Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK

Chin. Opt. Lett., 2018, 16(01): pp.010602

Topic:Fiber optics and optical communication
Keywords(OCIS Code): 060.3510  140.3300  140.7090  

We experimentally obtain cylindrical vector beams (CVBs) in a passively mode-locked fiber laser based on nonlinear polarization rotation. A mode-selective coupler composed of both a single-mode fiber (SMF) and a two-mode fiber (TMF) is incorporated into the cavity to act as a mode converter from LP01 mode to LP11 mode with broad spectral bandwidth. CVBs in different mode-locked states including single-pulse, multi-pulse, and bound pulse are obtained, for the first time to our best knowledge. The ultrafast CVBs with different operation states have potential applications in many fields such as laser beam machining, nanoparticle manipulation, and so on.

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Get Citation: Yu Cai, Jie Wang, Jiaojiao Zhang, Hongdan Wan, Zuxing Zhang, and Lin Zhang, "Generation of cylindrical vector beams in a mode-locked fiber laser using a mode-selective coupler," Chin. Opt. Lett. 16(01), 010602(2018)

Note: This work was supported by the National Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (Nos. BK20161521 and BK20150858), the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPTSF) (Nos. NY214059, NY214002, and NY215002), the Distinguished Professor Project of Jiangsu (No. RK002STP14001), the Six Talent Peaks Project in Jiangsu Province (No. 2015-XCL-023), and the Postgraduate Research & Practice Innovation Program of Jiangsu Province (Nos. SJCX17_0234 and KYCX17_0744).


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