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  • Vol. 9, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1984
  • pp: 13–15

The soliton laser

L. F. Mollenauer and R. H. Stolen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 9, Issue 1, pp. 13-15 (1984)

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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)

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  1. L. F. Mollenauer, R. H. Stolen, J. P. Gordon, “Experimental observation of picosecond pulse narrowing and solitons in optical fibers,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1095 (1980). [CrossRef]
  2. R. H. Stolen, L. F. Mollenauer, W. J. Tomlinson, “Observation of pulse restoration at the soliton period in optical fibers,” Opt. Lett. 8, 186 (1983). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. L. F. Mollenauer, R. H. Stolen, J. P. Gordon, W. J. Tomlinson, “Extreme picosecond pulse narrowing by means of soliton effect in single-mode optical fibers,” Opt. Lett 8, 289 (1983). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. L. F. Mollenauer, N. D. Vieira, L. Szeto, “Mode locking by synchronous pumping using a gain medium with microsecond decay times,” Opt. Lett. 7, 414 (1982). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. The polarization-preserving fiber is similar in structure to recently reported single-polarization fibers; see J. R. Simpson, R. H. Stolen, F. M. Sears, J. B. MacChesney, R. E. Howard, “A single-polarization fiber,” J. Lightwave Technol. LT-1, 370 (1983). [CrossRef]
  6. R. H. Stolen, E. P. Ippen, “Raman gain in glass optical waveguides,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 22, 276 (1972). [CrossRef]
  7. Such wavelength tuning by means of fiber group-velocity dispersion has already been demonstrated in other lasers. See R. H. Stolen, C. Lin, R. K. Jain, “A time-dispersion-tuned fiber Raman oscillator,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 30, 340 (1977). [CrossRef]

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