Issue 25, 2015

Broadband laser polarization control with aligned carbon nanotubes


We introduce a simple approach to fabricate an aligned carbon nanotube (ACNT) device for broadband polarization control in fiber laser systems. The ACNT device was fabricated by pulling from as-fabricated vertically-aligned carbon nanotube arrays. Their anisotropic properties are confirmed with various microscopy techniques. The device was then integrated into fiber laser systems (at two technologically important wavelengths of 1 and 1.5 μm) for polarization control. We obtained a linearly-polarized light output with the maximum extinction ratio of ∼12 dB. The output polarization direction could be fully controlled by the ACNT alignment direction in both lasers. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the ACNT device is applied to polarization control in laser systems. Our results exhibit that the ACNT device is a simple, low-cost, and broadband polarizer to control laser polarization dynamics, for various photonic applications (such as material processing, polarization diversity detection in communications etc.), where linear polarization control is necessary.

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25 Mar 2015
26 May 2015
First published
26 May 2015
This article is Open Access
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Nanoscale, 2015,7, 11199-11205

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Broadband laser polarization control with aligned carbon nanotubes

H. Yang, B. Fu, D. Li, Y. Tian, Y. Chen, M. Mattila, Z. Yong, R. Li, A. Hassanien, C. Yang, I. Tittonen, Z. Ren, J. Bai, Q. Li, E. I. Kauppinen, H. Lipsanen and Z. Sun, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 11199 DOI: 10.1039/C5NR01904D

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