2D saturable absorbers for fibre lasers

Robert I. Woodward*, Edmund J R Kelleher

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Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials are an emergent and promising platform for future photonic and optoelectronic applications. Here, we review recent progress demonstrating the application of 2D nanomaterials as versatile, wideband saturable absorbers for Q-switching and mode-locking fibre lasers. We focus specifically on the family of few-layer transition metal dichalcogenides, including MoS2, MoSe2 and WS2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1440-1456
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Graphene
  • Mode-locking
  • MoS
  • MoSe
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nonlinear optical materials
  • Pulsed lasers
  • Q-switching
  • Saturable absorbers
  • WS


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