A full characterization of a self-starting, passively mode-locked soliton ring fiber laser in terms of its various modes of mode-locked operation, cavity length, and type of fiber used is presented. Direct evidence, based on state-of-polarization measurements, that nonlinear polarization evolution is the responsible mode-locking mechanism is also given.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 21, 1992
Published: March 1, 1993
V. J. Matsas, D. J. Richardson, T. P. Newson, and D. N. Payne, "Characterization of a self-starting, passively mode-locked fiber ring laser that exploits nonlinear polarization evolution," Opt. Lett. 18, 358-360 (1993)