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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2008
  • pp: 911–913

Analytic theory of self-similar mode-locking

Brandon G. Bale, J. Nathan Kutz, and Frank Wise  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 9, pp. 911-913 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000911


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Abstract

A theoretical model is developed to quantify the experimental observations of self-similar parabolic pulses in a mode-locked laser cavity with net-zero dispersion. The averaging procedure used shows the pulse amplitude to be governed by the porous media equation that has the well-known Barenblatt similarity (parabolic) solution, suggesting that it is a viable theoretical description of temporal profiles observed in mode-locked cavities. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first analytic model proposing a mechanism responsible for generating temporal parabolic pulses.

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

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 14, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2008
Published: April 22, 2008

Citation
Brandon G. Bale, J. Nathan Kutz, and Frank Wise, "Analytic theory of self-similar mode-locking," Opt. Lett. 33, 911-913 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-9-911

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