Amplitude-modulated fiber-ring laser

J. G. Caputo, Carl A. Balslev Clausen, Mads Peter Sørensen, Svend Bischoff

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Abstract

Soliton pulses generated by a fiber-ring laser are investigated by numerical simulation and perturbation methods. The mathematical modeling is based on the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with perturbative terms. We show that active mode locking with an amplitude modulator leads to a self-starting of stable solitonic pulses from small random noise, provided the modulation depth is small. The perturbative analysis leads to a nonlinear coupled return map for the amplitude, phase, and position of the soliton pulses circulating in the fiber-ring laser. We established the validity of this approach by comparison with the full numerical simulations. Finally, we discuss possible sources of instability that are due to resonances in the device.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptical Society of America. Journal B: Optical Physics
Volume17
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)705-712
ISSN0740-3224
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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