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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 11 — May. 26, 2008
  • pp: 8181–8189

On wave-breaking free fiber lasers mode-locked with two saturable absorber mechanisms

Axel Ruehl, Dieter Wandt, Uwe Morgner, and Dietmar Kracht  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 11, pp. 8181-8189 (2008)

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We propose a hybrid mode-locking scheme for wave-breaking free fiber lasers based on a saturable Bragg reflector and the nonlinear polarization evolution in the fiber section. With this scheme, the self-starting operation is ensured by the saturable Bragg reflector while the nonlinear polarization evolution acts as an additional pulse shaper in the steady state. Owing to the sensitivity of the pulse dynamics to filtering effects, a tuning range of more than 10nm as well as the suppression of undesired modes of operation became possible. The impact of the modulation depth and the non-saturated losses is discussed via comparative measurements with different saturable Bragg reflectors.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2008
Published: May 20, 2008

Axel Ruehl, Dieter Wandt, Uwe Morgner, and Dietmar Kracht, "On wave-breaking free fiber lasers mode-locked with two saturable absorber mechanisms," Opt. Express 16, 8181-8189 (2008)

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