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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2317–2319

Induced solitons formed by cross-polarization coupling in a birefringent cavity fiber laser

H. Zhang, D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, and H. Y. Tam  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 20, pp. 2317-2319 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.002317


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Abstract

We report on the experimental observation of induced solitons in a passively mode-locked fiber ring laser with a birefringence cavity. Owing to the cross coupling between the two orthogonal polarization components of the laser, it was found that if a soliton was formed along one cavity polarization axis, a weak soliton was also induced along the orthogonal polarization axis, and depending on the net cavity birefringence, the induced soliton could have either the same or different center wavelengths to that of the inducing soliton. Moreover, the induced soliton always had the same group velocity as that of the inducing soliton. They formed a vector soliton in the cavity. Numerical simulations confirmed the experimental observations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2410) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, erbium
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 3, 2008
Published: October 9, 2008

Citation
H. Zhang, D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, and H. Y. Tam, "Induced solitons formed by cross-polarization coupling in a birefringent cavity fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 33, 2317-2319 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-20-2317


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