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Switching and passive mode-locking of fiber lasers using nonlinear loop mirrors (Invited Paper)
Author(s): David J. Richardson; Richard Ian Laming; David N. Payne
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Paper Abstract

Ultrafast all-optical, fibre optic switches are of great interest as all-optical signal processing elements in telecommunication systems and as passive mode-lockers for all-fibre mode-lock lasers. We describe the operation and characteristics of two such switches, the conventional and amplifying Sagnac switch, and describe the use of these components in a recently developed, passive, self-starting, mode-locked erbium doped fibre laser capable of the generation of solitons with durations as short as 320 femtoseconds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1581, Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers III, (1 February 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.134969
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David J. Richardson, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Richard Ian Laming, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
David N. Payne, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1581:
Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers III
Michel J. F. Digonnet; Elias Snitzer, Editor(s)

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