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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 25 — Dec. 15, 2003
  • pp: 3418–3424

Melting and freezing of light pulses and modes in mode-locked lasers

Ariel Gordon, Boris Vodonos, Vladimir Smulakovski, and Baruch Fischer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 25, pp. 3418-3424 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.11.003418


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Abstract

We present a first experimental demonstration of melting of light pulses and freezing of lightwave modes by applying external noise which acts like temperature, verifying our recent theoretical prediction (Gordon and Fischer [1]). The experiment was performed in a fiber laser passively mode-locked by nonlinear rotation of polarization. The first order phase transition was observed directly in time domain and also by measurement of the quartic order parameter (RF power).

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OCIS Codes
(000.6590) General : Statistical mechanics
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: September 25, 2003
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2003
Published: December 15, 2003

Citation
Ariel Gordon, Boris Vodonos, Vladimir Smulakovski, and Baruch Fischer, "Melting and freezing of light pulses and modes in mode-locked lasers," Opt. Express 11, 3418-3424 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-11-25-3418


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