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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 1 — Jul. 7, 1997
  • pp: 12–21

Polarization locking in an isotropic, modelocked soliton Er/Yb fiber laser

S.T. Cundiff, B.C. Collings, and W.H. Knox  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 12-21 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.1.000012


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Abstract

A modelocked fiber laser, operating in the soliton regime without any explicit intracavity polarizers, is observed to spontaneously lock its output polarization for certain values of the intracavity birefringence. For other settings of the intracavity birefringence the output polarization undergoes pulse-to-pulse evolution. The dependence of the output polarization evolution on intracavity birefringence outside of the locking regions can be understood with a simple model. The locking behavior exhibits several surprising aspects and is not completely understood.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

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History
Original Manuscript: June 20, 1997
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 1997
Published: July 7, 1997

Citation
Steven Cundiff, B. Collings, and Wayne Knox, "Polarization locking in an isotropic, modelocked soliton Er/Yb fiber laser," Opt. Express 1, 12-21 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-1-1-12


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