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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2005
  • pp: 2787–2789

Experimental study of the stochastic nature of the pulsation self-starting process in passive mode locking

Boris Vodonos, Alexander Bekker, Vladimir Smulakovsky, Ariel Gordon, Omri Gat, Naum K. Berger, and Baruch Fischer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 20, pp. 2787-2789 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.002787


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Abstract

We present an experimental study of the probabilistic nature of pulsation self-starting in passively mode-locked lasers. It is a Poissonian process that results from a noise-activated switching barrier. The switching rate from cw operation to pulsation when the laser pump level is turned on has an exponential dependence that is inversely proportional to the square of the laser power.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Citation
Boris Vodonos, Alexander Bekker, Vladimir Smulakovsky, Ariel Gordon, Omri Gat, Naum K. Berger, and Baruch Fischer, "Experimental study of the stochastic nature of the pulsation self-starting process in passive mode locking," Opt. Lett. 30, 2787-2789 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-20-2787

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