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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1687–1689

Timing restoration dynamics in an actively mode-locked fiber ring laser

M. E. Grein, L. A. Jiang, Y. Chen, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 23, pp. 1687-1689 (1999)

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Using electronic phase detection, we study the dynamics that govern pulse retiming in an actively mode-locked fiber laser. We compare the dynamics for amplitude and for phase modulation and identify the characteristic time constants for each case. The retiming dynamics for amplitude modulation are revealed as a first-order exponential decay, whereas for phase modulation the dynamics are those of a damped harmonic oscillator. We show that the measured time constants agree with predictions given by the soliton perturbation theory.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

M. E. Grein, L. A. Jiang, Y. Chen, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, "Timing restoration dynamics in an actively mode-locked fiber ring laser," Opt. Lett. 24, 1687-1689 (1999)

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