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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1570–1572

Observation of acoustically induced modulation instability in a Brillouin photonic crystal fiber laser

Birgit Stiller and Thibaut Sylvestre  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 9, pp. 1570-1572 (2013)

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We report the experimental observation of self-induced modulation instability (MI) in a Brillouin fiber laser made with a solid-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with strong anomalous dispersion. We identify this MI as the result of parametric amplification of optical sidebands generated by guided acoustic modes within the core of the PCF. It is further shown that MI leads to passive harmonic mode locking and to the generation of a picosecond pulse train at a repetition rate of 1.15 GHz which matches the acoustic frequency of the fundamental acoustic mode of the PCF.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(290.5830) Scattering : Scattering, Brillouin
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2013
Published: April 30, 2013

Birgit Stiller and Thibaut Sylvestre, "Observation of acoustically induced modulation instability in a Brillouin photonic crystal fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 38, 1570-1572 (2013)

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