Patent Number: 6,310,899

Title: Cascaded raman resonator system and apparatus

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include an optical fiber laser system with a cascaded Raman resonator (CRR) or other suitable Raman frequency shifting device having a length of optical fiber with at least one input pump reflector, a series of Raman-Stokes order reflectors and an output reflector therein. The reflectors are written to provide sufficient conversion efficiency despite the use of the cascaded Raman resonator with differing pump laser wavelengths. The reflectors are written not necessarily in correspondence with the gain maxima of the intermediate Stokes orders, but instead are written to reflect with less than maximum gain conversion intensity, yet in a manner that allows different pump laser wavelengths to be converted thereby. When operating the cascaded Raman resonators at sufficiently high pump powers, input pump reflectors are not necessary. Cascaded Raman resonators designed in accordance with embodiments of the invention are useful with different pump laser wavelengths. For example, 1480 nm cascade Raman resonators, which conventionally are used only with 1117 nm pump lasers, are useful according to embodiments of the invention with 1100 nm pump lasers as well. Similarly, 1450 nm cascaded Raman resonators, which conventionally are used only with 1110 nm pump lasers, are useful according to embodiments of the invention with 1117 nm pump lasers as well. Amplification devices according to embodiments of the invention are power scaleable in a manner sufficient to provide optical fiber amplification at a desired output wavelength for a given plurality of pump lasers having different operating wavelengths. Also, the devices according to embodiments of the invention are less complex and expensive than conventional arrangements.

Inventors: Jacobovitz-Veselka; Gloria R. (Morganville, NJ), Reed; William Alfred (Summit, NJ)

Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.

International Classification: H01S 3/30 (20060101); H04B 10/17 (20060101); H01S 3/067 (20060101); H01S 3/08 (20060101); H01S 3/06 (20060101); H01S 003/30 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018