Characterizing the transition dynamics for multi-pulsing in mode-locked lasers

Brandon G. Bale, Khanh Kieu, Frank Wise, J. Nathan Kutz

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Abstract

We consider experimentally and theoretically a refined parameter space near the transition to multi-pulse modelocking. Near the transition, the onset of instability is initiated by a Hopf (periodic) bifurcation. As cavity energy is increased, the band of unstable, oscillatory modes generates a chaotic behavior between single- and multi-pulse operation. Both theory and experiment are in good qualitative agreement and they suggest that the phenomenon is of a universal nature in mode-locked lasers at the onset of multi-pulsing from N to N + 1 pulses per round trip. This is the first theoretical and experimental characterization of the transition behavior, made possible by a highly refined tuning of the gain pump level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFiber Lasers VII: Technology, Systems, and Applications
EditorsKanishka Tankala
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA (US)
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-7976-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2010
EventFiber Lasers VII: Technology, Systems, and Applications - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 25 Jan 201028 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameSPIE Proceedings
PublisherSPIE
Volume7580
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)2410-9045

Conference

ConferenceFiber Lasers VII
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period25/01/1028/01/10

Bibliographical note

Brandon G. Bale ; Khanh Kieu ; Frank Wise and J. Nathan Kutz, "Characterizing the transition dynamics for multi-pulsing in mode-locked lasers", Proc. SPIE 7580, Fiber Lasers VII: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 75801Z (February 17, 2010).

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.840543

Keywords

  • harmonic mode-locking
  • mode-locked lasers
  • multi-pulsing

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