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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1450–1452

Residual pump light as a probe of self-pulsing instability in an ytterbium-doped fiber laser

Jianlang Li, Ken-ichi Ueda, Mitsuru Musha, and Akira Shirakawa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1450-1452 (2006)

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Self-pulsing instability in the ytterbium-doped fiber (YDF) laser is investigated with the pump-bypassed cavity configuration. The residual pump light acts as a probe of the intracavity dynamics, and the temporal behavior of the light shows correlations with the self-mode locking instability in the original cavity and the sustained self-pulsing instability in the modified cavity of the YDF laser. The results suggest that the interactions among stimulated emission, pump absorption and/or reabsorption could account for self-pulsing instability in the YDF laser. The pump-bypassed laser cavity configuration can be used to investigate the instabilities of various kinds of fiber lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2006

Jianlang Li, Ken-ichi Ueda, Mitsuru Musha, and Akira Shirakawa, "Residual pump light as a probe of self-pulsing instability in an ytterbium-doped fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 31, 1450-1452 (2006)

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