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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2014
  • pp: 150–153

Enhanced stability of dispersion-managed mode-locked fiber lasers with near-zero net cavity dispersion by high-contrast saturable absorbers

H. H. Liu and K. K. Chow  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 150-153 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.000150


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Abstract

We experimentally investigate the stability of dispersion-managed mode-locked fiber lasers using carbon-nanotube-based saturable absorbers (SAs) with different modulation depths. An unstable operation region of the mode-locked fiber laser with near-zero net cavity dispersion is observed, where the laser produces random pulse burst rather than stable pulse train. Through the implementation of high-contrast SAs in the laser, the unstable region is found to be shrunk by 31.3% when the modulation depth of the SAs increases from 6.4% to 12.5%. The numerical simulation is consistent with the experimental observation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 25, 2013
Published: December 24, 2013

Citation
H. H. Liu and K. K. Chow, "Enhanced stability of dispersion-managed mode-locked fiber lasers with near-zero net cavity dispersion by high-contrast saturable absorbers," Opt. Lett. 39, 150-153 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-1-150

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