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Harmonically mode-locked laser and applications
Author(s): Richard Lynn Fork; K. Singh; Joseph W. Haus; Reinhard K. Erdmann; Steven T. Johns
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Paper Abstract

We have constructed a harmonically modelocked laser that includes an electronically driven modulator and an intracavity Fabry-Perot etalon. We use experimentally observed performance of this laser, and number simulations based on the operating parameters of this laser, to examine strategies for generating stable synchronized trains of ultrashort duration solitons at multi-GHz repetition rates. Introduction of a saturable absorber based on a mechanism that both saturates and recovers promptly is examined. This strategy provides means of generating stable trains of solitons, where the soliton durations are of the order of a few ps or less, as well as synchronizing those trains with optical pulsewidth precision. We identify a rapidly saturating and rapidly recovering saturable absorber with a shorter pathlength as a potentially useful improvement on the nonlinear loop mirror. Significant work remains, but generation and distribution of these synchronized ultrashort duration soliton trains over networks on a scale of km or more appear feasible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2216, Photonics at the Air Force Photonics Center, (3 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177341
Show Author Affiliations
Richard Lynn Fork, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)
K. Singh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Joseph W. Haus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Reinhard K. Erdmann, Air Force Photonics Ctr./Rome Lab. (United States)
Steven T. Johns, Air Force Photonics Ctr./Rome Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2216:
Photonics at the Air Force Photonics Center
Andrew R. Pirich; Paul Sierak, Editor(s)

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