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Energy enhancement in mode-locked lasers using sinusoidal transmission functions for saturable absorption
Author(s): Edwin Ding; Eli Shlizerman; J. Nathan Kutz
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Paper Abstract

A generalized master mode-locking model is presented to capture the periodic transmission created by a series of waveplates and polarizer in a mode-locked ring laser cavity, and the equation is referred to as the sinusoidal Ginzburg-Landau equation (SGLE). Numerical comparisons with the full dynamics show that the SGLE is able to capture the essential mode-locking behaviors including the multi-pulsing instability observed in the laser cavity and does not have the drawbacks of the conventional master mode-locking theory. The SGLE model supports high energy pulses that are not predicted by the master mode-locking theory, thus providing a platform for optimizing the laser performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7933, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XIX, 793323 (21 February 2011);
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Edwin Ding, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Eli Shlizerman, Univ. of Washington (United States)
J. Nathan Kutz, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7933:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XIX
Bernd Witzigmann; Fritz Henneberger; Yasuhiko Arakawa; Alexandre Freundlich, Editor(s)

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