We present an experimental study of a picosecond fiber soliton laser in which mode locking is achieved by the combined action of a multiple-quantum-well saturable absorber and a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror. In this configuration the multiple-quantum-well sample acts not only as a saturable absorber but also as a passive phase modulator, while the inclusion of a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror fixes the energy of the generated pulses. The laser stably operates at a repetition rate of 250 MHz with a timing jitter below 10 ps.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 11, 1995
Published: February 1, 1996
S. Gray and A. B. Grudinin, "Soliton fiber laser with a hybrid saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 21, 207-209 (1996)