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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2290–2300

Operating regimes, split-step modeling, and the Haus master mode-locking model

Edwin Ding and J. Nathan Kutz  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 12, pp. 2290-2300 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.26.002290


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Abstract

We develop an iterative (averaging) method to characterize the mode-locking dynamics in a laser cavity mode locked with a combination of wave plates and a passive polarizer. The model explicitly accounts for the effects of self- and cross-phase modulation, an arbitrary alignment of the fast- and slow-axes of the fiber with the wave plates and polarizer, fiber birefringence, saturable gain, and chromatic dispersion. The general averaging scheme results in the cubic-quintic Ginzburg–Landau equation at the leading order and the Swift–Hohenberg equation at the next order. An extensive comparison between the full model and the averaged equations shows a quantitative agreement that allows for characterizing the stability and operating regimes of the laser cavity.

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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 9, 2009
Published: November 11, 2009

Citation
Edwin Ding and J. Nathan Kutz, "Operating regimes, split-step modeling, and the Haus master mode-locking model," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 2290-2300 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-26-12-2290

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