OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 17, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2000
  • pp: 28–33

Mechanism of intrinsic wavelength tuning and sideband asymmetry in a passively mode-locked soliton fiber ring laser

W. S. Man, H. Y. Tam, M. S. Demokan, P. K. A. Wai, and D. Y. Tang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 28-33 (2000)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (149 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We have experimentally observed continuous-wavelength tuning in a passively mode-locked fiber ring laser. Depending on the polarization setting, two separated tuning ranges are observed. We show that the wavelength tuning is a result of the existence of birefringence in the laser cavity. We have also shown that the same mechanism is responsible for the power asymmetry of sidebands appearing in the soliton spectrum.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

W. S. Man, H. Y. Tam, M. S. Demokan, P. K. A. Wai, and D. Y. Tang, "Mechanism of intrinsic wavelength tuning and sideband asymmetry in a passively mode-locked soliton fiber ring laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 28-33 (2000)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, “Self-starting additive pulse mode-locked erbium fibre ring laser,” Electron. Lett. 28, 2226–2228 (1992). [CrossRef]
  2. V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newton, and M. N. Zervas, “Self-starting passive mode-locked fibre ring laser exploiting nonlinear polarization switching,” Opt. Commun. 61–66 (1992). [CrossRef]
  3. A. B. Grudinin, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, “Energy quantisation in figure eight fibre laser,” Electron. Lett. 28, 67–68 (1992). [CrossRef]
  4. A. B. Grudinin, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, “Passive harmonic modelocking of a fibre soliton ring laser,” Electron. Lett. 29, 1860–1861 (1993). [CrossRef]
  5. D. J. Richardson, R. I. Laming, D. N. Payne, V. J. Matsas, and M. W. Philips, “Pulse repetition rates in passive selfstarting femtosecond soliton fibre laser,” Electron. Lett. 27, 1451–1453 (1991). [CrossRef]
  6. M. Horowitz, Y. Barad, and Y. Silberberg, “Noiselike pulses with broadband spectrum generated from an erbium-doped fiber laser,” Opt. Lett. 22, 799–801 (1997). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. M. Horowitz and Y. Silberberg, “Nonlinear filtering by use of intensity-dependent polarization rotation in birefringent fibers,” Opt. Lett. 22, 1760–1762 (1997). [CrossRef]
  8. U. Ghera, N. Friedman, and M. Tur, “A fiber laser with a Comb-like spectrum,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 5, 1159–1161 (1993). [CrossRef]
  9. N. Friedman, A. Eyal, and M. Tur, “The use of the principal states of polarization to describe tunability in a fiber laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 642–648 (1997). [CrossRef]
  10. N. Pandit, D. U. Noske, S. M. Kelly, and J. R. Taylor, “Characteristic instability of fibre loop soliton lasers,” Electron. Lett. 28, 455–456 (1992). [CrossRef]
  11. M. L. Dennis and I. N. Duling, III, “Experimental study of sideband generation in femtosecond fiber lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1469–1477 (1994). [CrossRef]
  12. M. Hofer, M. E. Fermann, F. Haberl, M. H. Ober, and A. J. Schmit, “Mode locking with cross-phase and self-phase modulation,” Opt. Lett. 16, 502–504 (1991). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. R. H. Stolen, J. Botineau, and A. Ashkin, “Intensity discrimination of optical pulses with birefringent fibers,” Opt. Lett. 7, 512–514 (1982). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  14. H. G. Winful, “Self-induced polarization changes in birefringent optical fibers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 47, 213–215 (1985). [CrossRef]
  15. D. U. Noske, N. Pandit, and J. R. Taylor, “Source of spectral and temporal instability in soliton fiber lasers,” Opt. Lett. 17, 1515–1517 (1992). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  16. M. L. Dennis and I. N. Duling, “Role of dispersion in limiting pulse width in fiber lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 2911–2913 (1993). [CrossRef]
  17. C. J. Chen, P. K. A. Wai, and C. R. Menyuk, “Soliton fiber ring laser,” Opt. Lett. 17, 417–419 (1992). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  18. S. G. Evangelides, Jr., L. F. Mollenauer, J. P. Gordon, and N. S. Bergano, “Polarization multiplexing with solitons,” J. Lightwave Technol. 10, 28–35 (1992). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited