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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 23 — Nov. 13, 2006
  • pp: 11142–11154

Self-starting of passive mode locking

Ariel Gordon, Omri Gat, Baruch Fischer, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 23, pp. 11142-11154 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.011142


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Abstract

It has been recently understood that mode locking of lasers has the signification of a thermodynamic phase transition in a system of many interacting light modes subject to noise. In the same framework, self starting of passive mode locking has the thermodynamic significance of a noise-activated escape process across an entropic barrier. Here we present the first dynamical study of the light mode system. While accordant with the predictions of some earlier theories, it is the first to give precise quantitative predictions for the distribution of self-start times, in closed form expressions, resolving the long standing self starting problem. Numerical simulations corroborate these results, which are also in good agreement with experiments.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2006
Published: November 13, 2006

Citation
Ariel Gordon, Omri Gat, Baruch Fischer, and Franz X. Kärtner, "Self-starting of passive mode locking," Opt. Express 14, 11142-11154 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-23-11142


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