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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 6 — May. 25, 2012

Balance of physical effects causing stationary operation of Fourier domain mode-locked lasers

Sebastian Todor, Benjamin Biedermann, Robert Huber, and Christian Jirauschek  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 656-664 (2012)

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We present a detailed analysis of the optical field dynamics in a Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) laser. We employ a numerical simulation based on the FDML evolution equation, describing the propagation of the optical light field. The temporal evolution of the instantaneous power spectrum at different points in the laser cavity is investigated. The results are carefully validated against experimental data, yielding good agreement. Deeper insight is gained into the role of the physical effects governing FDML dynamics, such as gain recovery and linewidth enhancement in the semiconductor optical amplifier, dispersion and self-phase modulation in the optical fiber, and the sweep filter action.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2011
Published: March 16, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Sebastian Todor, Benjamin Biedermann, Robert Huber, and Christian Jirauschek, "Balance of physical effects causing stationary operation of Fourier domain mode-locked lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 656-664 (2012)

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