Pulse Laser Generation at 2.0 µm Region based on Polyvinyl Alcohol Doped Graphene Nanoplatelets Saturable Absorber
Nabihah Hussin, Muhammad Yusof Mohd Noor, Asrul Izam Azmi, Mohd Rashidi Salim, Fauzan Ahmad, Mohd Haniff Ibrahim |Pages: 96-102|

Abstract— A passive Q-switcher based on graphene nanoplatelets (GnP) doped with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is proposed for pulse laser generation at 2.0 µm region. An optimized solution casting approach is adopted in the customized preparation of a 12.04 wt.% weight ratio of GnP to PVA. The fabricated saturable absorber (SA) is characterized using field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), which confirmed the embedment of GnP in PVA composite. A 5 m long thulium doped fiber (TDF) is used as a gain medium in the laser cavity measurement. Our characterization demonstrates dual-wavelength Q-switched pulse generation at 1904.0 nm and 1904.9 nm for input power ranging from 644 mW to 698 mW, respectively. The repetition rate is tunable from 69 kHz to 98 kHz with the shortest pulse width of 1.4 µs. The calculated output peak power, pulse energy and signal-to-noise ratio are recorded at 143 mW, 0.21 µJ and 35 dB, respectively. Notably, the present work is the first-ever work of a Q-switcher based on GnP doped with PVA host at 2.0 µm region.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.5455/jjee.204-1681286501