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Operating regimes and performance optimization of the mode-locking dynamics of a laser cavity with passive polarizer
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Paper Abstract

An iterative method is developed to characterize the mode-locking dynamics in a laser cavity mode-locked with a combination of waveplates and a passive polarizer. The method explicitly accounts for an arbitrary alignment of the fast- and slow-axes of the fiber with the waveplates and polarizer, fiber birefringence and saturating gain dynamics. The general averaging scheme results in the cubic-quintic complex Ginzburg-Landau equation (CQGLE), and an extensive comparison shows the agreement between the full model and the CQGLE and allows for a characterization of the stability and operating regimes of the laser cavity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7580, Fiber Lasers VII: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 758020 (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840568
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Edwin Ding, Univ. of Washington (United States)
J. Nathan Kutz, Univ. of Washington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7580:
Fiber Lasers VII: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Kanishka Tankala, Editor(s)

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