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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2000
  • pp: 705–712

Amplitude-modulated fiber-ring laser

J. G. Caputo, C. B. Clausen, M. P. Sørensen, and S. Bischoff  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 705-712 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.17.000705


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Abstract

Soliton pulses generated by a fiber-ring laser are investigated by numerical simulation and perturbation methods. The mathematical modeling is based on the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with perturbative terms. We show that active mode locking with an amplitude modulator leads to a self-starting of stable solitonic pulses from small random noise, provided the modulation depth is small. The perturbative analysis leads to a nonlinear coupled return map for the amplitude, phase, and position of the soliton pulses circulating in the fiber-ring laser. We established the validity of this approach by comparison with the full numerical simulations. Finally, we discuss possible sources of instability that are due to resonances in the device.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3560) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ring
(250.5530) Optoelectronics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

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J. G. Caputo, C. B. Clausen, M. P. Sørensen, and S. Bischoff, "Amplitude-modulated fiber-ring laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 705-712 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-17-5-705


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