We extend the theory of dispersion-managed solitons to dissipative systems with a focus on mode-locked fiber lasers. Dissipative structures exist at high map strengths, leading to the generation of stable, short pulses with high energy. Two types of intramap pulse evolution are observed depending on the net cavity dispersion. These are characterized by a reduced model, and semianalytical solutions are obtained.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: May 20, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2009
Published: October 22, 2009
Brandon G. Bale, Sonia Boscolo, and Sergei K. Turitsyn, "Dissipative dispersion-managed solitons in mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 34, 3286-3288 (2009)