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Ultrashort pulse performance of the nonlinear loop mirror
Author(s): Gary Whiton Pearson; Jerzy S. Krasinski
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Paper Abstract

While the gain bandwidth of Er-doped fiber amplifiers is in the range of 60 fs, most fiber figure eight lasers produce approximately 200 fs pulses. We show that higher order terms, including third-order dispersion, self-frequency shifting, and self-steepening, severely limit the efficiency and pulse quality for ultra-short pulses propagating in the nonlinear amplifying loop mirror, which acts as a gain medium and a modelocker in these lasers. We also compare the nonlinear optical loop mirror used as an ultra-fast all-optical switch at various control pulse power levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2116, Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses, (16 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175848
Show Author Affiliations
Gary Whiton Pearson, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)
Jerzy S. Krasinski, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2116:
Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses
Rick P. Trebino; Ian A. Walmsley, Editor(s)

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