By incorporating a length of single-mode, polarization-preserving fiber into the feedback loop of a mode-locked color-center laser (λ ~ 1.4–1.6 μm), we have created a device that we call the soliton laser. Pulse width (2.0 to 0.21 psec obtained to date) is determined by fiber length, in accordance with N = 2 soliton behavior. Production of <50-fsec-wide pulses is indicated for compression in an additional, external fiber.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 17, 1983
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 1983
Published: January 1, 1984
L. F. Mollenauer and R. H. Stolen, "The soliton laser," Opt. Lett. 9, 13-15 (1984)