Mode-locked laser pulse sources for wavelength division multiplexing

Edward Farnum, Brandon G. Bale, J. Nathan Kutz

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Abstract

Recent theoretical investigations have demonstrated that the stability of mode-locked solution of multiple frequency channels depends on the degree of inhomogeneity in gain saturation. In this paper, these results are generalized to determine conditions on each of the system parameters necessary for both the stability and existence of mode-locked pulse solutions for an arbitrary number of frequency channels. In particular, we find that the parameters governing saturable intensity discrimination and gain inhomogeneity in the laser cavity also determine the position of bifurcations of solution types. These bifurcations are completely characterized in terms of these parameters. In addition to influencing the stability of mode-locked solutions, we determine a balance between cubic gain and quintic loss, which is necessary for existence of solutions as well. Furthermore, we determine the critical degree of inhomogeneous gain broadening required to support pulses in multiple frequency channels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX
EditorsPeter E. Powers
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA (US)
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-7978-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2010
EventNonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 25 Jan 201028 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameSPIE Proceedings
PublisherSPIE
Volume7582
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)2410-9045

Conference

ConferenceNonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period25/01/1028/01/10

Bibliographical note

Edward Farnum; Brandon G. Bale and J. Nathan Kutz; "Mode-locked laser pulse sources for wavelength division multiplexing", Proc. SPIE 7582, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX, 758216 (February 17, 2010).

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.840750

Keywords

  • mode-locked lasers
  • wavelength division multiplexing

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    Farnum, E., Bale, B. G., & Kutz, J. N. (2010). Mode-locked laser pulse sources for wavelength division multiplexing. In P. E. Powers (Ed.), Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX [758216] (SPIE Proceedings; Vol. 7582). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.840750