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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 18 — Sep. 4, 2006
  • pp: 8160–8167

A polarization maintaining, dispersion managed, femtosecond figure-eight fiber laser

J. W. Nicholson and M. Andrejco  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp. 8160-8167 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.008160


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Abstract

We demonstrate a polarization maintaining, figure-eight erbium-doped fiber laser with a dispersion managed cavity. The laser was passively modelocked and produced pulses that were de-chirped to 427 fs pulses outside the laser cavity. An intra-cavity amplitude modulator was used to initiate the pulses, but the modulator was turned off during femtosecond pulse operation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 23, 2006
Published: September 1, 2006

Citation
J. W. Nicholson and M. Andrejco, "A polarization maintaining, dispersion managed, femtosecond figure-eight fiber laser," Opt. Express 14, 8160-8167 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-18-8160


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