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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 1998
  • pp: 204–211

Pulse shapes and stability in Kerr and Active Mode-Locking (KAML)

A. M. Dunlop, W. J. Firth, and E. M. Wright  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 5, pp. 204-211 (1998)

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We present numerical simulations of laser mode-locking using a spatio-temporal master equation. We look at active mode-locking using an amplitude modulator and compare the results with those found using a phase modulator. We find gaussian pulses and stability conditions consistent with the Kuizenga-Siegman theory of mode-locking. We then add a Kerr medium to the cavity and examine the effect this has on the mode-locking process, the stability, and the shape of the final pulses. We find that the pulses are significantly compressed in both space and time, and the profiles become more sech-like.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 16, 1998
Revised Manuscript: November 3, 1997
Published: March 2, 1998

Alison Dunlop, William Firth, and Ewan Wright, "Pulse shapes and stability in Kerr and Active Mode-Locking (KAML)," Opt. Express 2, 204-211 (1998)

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