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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3033–3035

Master mode-locking theory for few-femtosecond pulses

Edward D. Farnum and J. Nathan Kutz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 18, pp. 3033-3035 (2010)

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We propose a model that is valid for ultrafast pulse propagation in a mode-locked laser cavity in the few- femtosecond pulse regime, thus deriving the equivalent of the master mode-locking equation for ultrashort pulses that has dominated mode-locking theory for two decades. The short-pulse equation with dissipative gain and loss terms allows for the generation of stable ultrashort optical pulses from initial white noise, thus providing the first theoretical framework for quantifying the pulse dynamics and stability as pulses widths approach the attosecond regime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 6, 2010
Published: September 3, 2010

Edward D. Farnum and J. Nathan Kutz, "Master mode-locking theory for few-femtosecond pulses," Opt. Lett. 35, 3033-3035 (2010)

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