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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. P.L. Swart; Prof. B.M. Lacquet en_US
dc.contributor.author Badenhorst, Christiaan Gerhardus
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-21T07:24:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-21T07:24:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-21
dc.date.submitted 1999-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6318
dc.description M.Ing. en_US
dc.description.abstract Data communications have increased tremendously over the last few years. Therefore, it is important to use the potential large bandwidth of the existing optical fibre network to satisfy the demand. Wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) enables one to have several channels on a single fibre while the system remains transparent for the bit rate and format of the signals on the individual channels. Erbium doped fibre lasers have narrow linewidths and the wavelength is tunable over the optical amplifier wavelength range. They are therefore very attractive sources to test WDM systems. The exciting possibility of simultaneous laser action at predetermined wavelengths X,, X2, ... , X, makes the fibre laser a very important source for WDM systems. In this work we concentrated on two ring laser configurations. The first one uses a tunable Fabry-Perot filter, whereas the second one has a polarization filter for tunability and wavelength selection. The Fabry-Perot filter had a finesse of 167, a bandwidth of 30.0 GHz and a free spectral range of 5010 GHz. This laser configuration was tunable from 1546.52 nm to 1584.04 nm (37.52 nm) and the linewidth was less than 0.037 nm. The polarization filter comprised a 31X-polarization controller, two XJ4-polarization controllers, a X/2-polarization controller for wavelength tunability and a polarizer. This ring laser was tunable from 1559.59 nm to 1568.69 nm (9.1 nm) and had a linewidth of less than 0.037 nm. We obtained a slope efficiency of 17.6 % for the erbium doped fibre laser. For the first time computer software was developed that makes use of the Poincare sphere and Jones matrices to present the state of polarization and the operation of a polarization filter visually. The power spectra of both ring laser configurations were determined as a function of the output coupling using signal flow diagrams and the power equations for the ring laser. According to our knowledge, the influence of the output coupler on the finesse and the linewidth of the fibre ring laser has been studied for the first time. en_US
dc.language.iso afr en_US
dc.subject Lasers. en_US
dc.subject Data communication. en_US
dc.title Instembare erbiumgedoteerde optiesevesellasers met nou lynwydtes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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