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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: 211–218

Polarization-domain-wall complexes in fiber lasers

Caroline Lecaplain, Philippe Grelu, and Stefan Wabnitz  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 211-218 (2013)

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We present a simple theoretical model that explains polarization switching in fiber ring lasers operating with a normal path-averaged dispersion and a typical intermediate level of birefringence. Such polarization dynamics, based on a type of polarization-domain-wall (PDW) structures, agree qualitatively well with our experimental observations. We also stress the complex and chaotic nature of the observed polarization-switching states. This is corroborated by detailed numerical simulations that predict the buildup of consecutive and transient PDW structures at the subnanosecond scale, which are not fully resolved experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2012
Published: December 19, 2012

Caroline Lecaplain, Philippe Grelu, and Stefan Wabnitz, "Polarization-domain-wall complexes in fiber lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 211-218 (2013)

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