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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 23408–23419

Dual transmission filters for enhanced energy in mode-locked fiber lasers

Feng Li, Edwin Ding, J. Nathan Kutz, and P. K. A. Wai  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 23408-23419 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.023408


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Abstract

We theoretically demonstrate that in a laser cavity mode-locked by a set of waveplates and passive polarizer, the energy performance can be increased by incorporating a second set of waveplates and polarizer in the cavity. The two nonlinear transmission functions acting in combination can be engineered so as to suppress the multi-pulsing instability responsible for limiting the single pulse per round trip energy in a myriad of mode-locked cavities. In a single parameter sweep, the energy is demonstrated to double. It is anticipated that further engineering and optimization of the transmission functions by tuning the eight waveplates, fiber birefringence, two polarizers and two lengths of transmission fiber can lead to further significant increases. Moreover, the analysis suggests a general design and engineering principle that can potentially realize the goal of making fiber based lasers directly competitive with solid state devices. The technique is feasible and easy to implement without requiring a new cavity design paradigm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers, Mode Locking and Parametric Oscillation

History
Original Manuscript: August 30, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2011
Published: November 2, 2011

Virtual Issues
Nonlinear Optics (2011) Optical Materials Express

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Feng Li, Edwin Ding, J. Nathan Kutz, and P. K. A. Wai, "Dual transmission filters for enhanced energy in mode-locked fiber lasers," Opt. Express 19, 23408-23419 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-23-23408


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