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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2003
  • pp: 358–360

Harmonic mode locking by synchronous optical pumping of a saturable absorber with the residual pump

M. Guina and O. G. Okhotnikov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 5, pp. 358-360 (2003)

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An actively mode-locked fiber laser is demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, by modulation of a saturable-absorber mirror with the light used simultaneously for pumping the gain fiber. Stabilization of a harmonically passive mode-locked fiber laser that generates soliton pulses of 550-fs duration is obtained with this technique. The results indicate a reduction of supermode suppression by more than 55 dB. The timing jitter is improved by 9 dB.

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OCIS Codes
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(230.5590) Optical devices : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

M. Guina and O. G. Okhotnikov, "Harmonic mode locking by synchronous optical pumping of a saturable absorber with the residual pump," Opt. Lett. 28, 358-360 (2003)

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