National Research Council of Canada. Security and Disruptive Technologies
Multi-wavelength (MW) laser sources with high optical signal-to-noise ratios (OSNR) are of great interest for optical communications with ultrahigh data capacity as well as microwave and terahertz photonics. In this paper, we report the first demonstration of MW Brillouin random fiber laser in the telecom spectral window around 1.5 μm based on a unique random fiber grating (RFG). Random feedback by enhanced distributed Rayleigh scattering from the RFG basically enables a high-efficiency random lasing resonance of the Stokes wave via stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fibers. A subfiber loop eventually delivers the cascading process for the high-efficiency generation of up to a 14-order Stokes’ comb with an ultrahigh OSNR of 41 dB and an optimized peak power discrepancy of 3.4 dB. Thanks to Rayleigh scattered random feedback from the RFG, single longitudinal mode operation of the Stokes laser emission is achieved.
Journal of Lightwave Technology36, no. 11: 2122–2128.