The polarization dynamics of a unidirectional erbium-doped fiber ring laser has been observed for individual round trips in the cavity. A rich variety of dynamic states, including square-wave pulses and irregular temporal patterns, was observed as operating parameters were changed. A model with coupled delay and differential equations is used to interpret the dynamics.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 3, 1996
Published: September 15, 1996
Quinton L. Williams and Rajarshi Roy, "Fast polarization dynamics of an erbium-doped fiber ring laser," Opt. Lett. 21, 1478-1480 (1996)