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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 15 — Jul. 18, 2011
  • pp: 14210–14216

Generation of cnoidal waves by a laser system with a controllable saturable absorber

M. Wilson, V. Aboites, A. N. Pisarchik, V. Pinto, and M. Taki  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 15, pp. 14210-14216 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.014210


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Abstract

We demonstrate the cnoidal wave formation in a two-laser system with a saturable absorber in the cavity of one of the lasers. Another laser is used to activate the saturable absorber in order to control the pulse shape, width, intensity and frequency. Using the three-level laser model based on the Statz - De Mars equations, we show that for any value of the saturable absorber parameter there exists a certain modulation frequency for which the pulse shape is very close to a soliton shape with less than 5% error at the pulse base. Such a device may be prominent for optical communication and laser engineering applications.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 17, 2011
Published: July 11, 2011

Citation
M. Wilson, V. Aboites, A. N. Pisarchik, V. Pinto, and M. Taki, "Generation of cnoidal waves by a laser system with a controllable saturable absorber," Opt. Express 19, 14210-14216 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-15-14210


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