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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2006
  • pp: 495–497

Fast self-pulsing through nonlinear incoherent feedback

Pascal Kockaert, Cyril Cambournac, Marc Haelterman, Gregory Kozyreff, and Thomas Erneux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 495-497 (2006)

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We consider a double-pass ring cavity with nonlinear incoherent optical feedback and analyze its response when it is driven by a continuous laser beam. This particular cavity is equivalent, in the temporal domain, to a simple spatial-pattern-generating system made from a Kerr slice and a feedback mirror. After formulating the evolution equations, we investigate the behavior of small-amplitude solutions and obtain an expression for the round-trip gains. We then explore the important effect of dispersion in the nonlinear medium. Finally, we show that stable modes are possible by solving numerically the full nonlinear equations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2005

Pascal Kockaert, Cyril Cambournac, Marc Haelterman, Gregory Kozyreff, and Thomas Erneux, "Fast self-pulsing through nonlinear incoherent feedback," Opt. Lett. 31, 495-497 (2006)

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