We present an experimental study of the stability of passively mode-locked pulses against noise in multipulse operation of an erbium-doped fiber laser. The laser properties are determined by two dimensionless combinations of the laser parameters. Measurements of the pulses’ destabilization threshold as a function of those laser parameters show the optimal regions that maximize the mode-locked pulse stability. We find good agreement between the experimental observations and the theoretical predictions.
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Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: July 20, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 6, 2010
Published: November 29, 2010
Michael Katz, Vladimir Smulakovsky, Alexander Bekker, Omri Gat, and Baruch Fischer, "Experimental study of the stability and optimization of multipulse passive mode locking," Opt. Lett. 35, 4054-4056 (2010)