Backward light scattering can cause passive <i>Q</i> switching in fiber lasers. We propose a self-consistent description of the laser dynamics. Our model quantitatively reproduces the temporal structure of pulsation and is also attractive for analysis of laser stability and statistics. The validity of the model is directly verified in an experiment.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin
Andrei A. Fotiadi, Patrice Mégret, and Michel Blondel, "Dynamics of a self-<i>Q</i>-switched fiber laser with a Rayleigh-stimulated Brillouin scattering ring mirror," Opt. Lett. 29, 1078-1080 (2004)