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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2009
  • pp: 3526–3528

Generation and direct measurement of giant chirp in a passively mode-locked laser

E. J. R. Kelleher, J. C. Travers, E. P. Ippen, Z. Sun, A. C. Ferrari, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 22, pp. 3526-3528 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.003526


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Abstract

We evaluate the shape and chirp of nanosecond pulses from a fiber laser passively mode locked with a nanotube-based saturable absorber by using a synchronously scanning streak camera and a monochromator to directly measure the pulse spectrogram. We show that the stable sech 2 output pulse possesses a predominantly linear chirp, with a residual quartic phase and low noise. Comparison with analytical mode-locking theory shows a good quantitative agreement with the master equation mode-locking model.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2009
Published: November 11, 2009

Citation
E. J. R. Kelleher, J. C. Travers, E. P. Ippen, Z. Sun, A. C. Ferrari, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor, "Generation and direct measurement of giant chirp in a passively mode-locked laser," Opt. Lett. 34, 3526-3528 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-22-3526


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