On-off and multistate intermittencies in cascaded random distributed feedback fibre laser

Alexey V. Lanin, Sergey V. Sergeyev, Diar Nasiev, Dmitry V. Churkin, Sergei K. Turitsyn

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A range of physical and engineering systems exhibit an irregular complex dynamics featuring alternation of quiet and burst time intervals called the intermittency. The intermittent dynamics most popular in laser science is the on-off intermittency [1]. The on-off intermittency can be understood as a conversion of the noise in a system close to an instability threshold into effective time-dependent fluctuations which result in the alternation of stable and unstable periods. The on-off intermittency has been recently demonstrated in semiconductor, Erbium doped and Raman lasers [2-5]. Recently demonstrated random distributed feedback (random DFB) fiber laser has an irregular dynamics near the generation threshold [6,7]. Here we show the intermittency in the cascaded random DFB fiber laser.
We study intensity fluctuations in a random DFB fiber laser based on nitrogen doped fiber. The laser generates first and second Stokes components 1120 nm and 1180 nm respectively under an appropriate pumping. We study the intermittency in the radiation of the second Stokes wave. The typical time trace near the generation threshold of the second Stokes wave (Pth) is shown at Fig. 1a. From the number of long enough time-traces we calculate statistical distribution between major spikes in time dynamics, Fig. 1b. To eliminate contribution of high frequency components of spikes we use a low pass filter along with the reference value of the output power. Experimental data is fitted by power law, <tL>~(P-Pth)y, where <tL> is a mean time between pikes.
There are two different intermittency regimes. Just above Pth, the mean time <tL> is approximated by the -3/2 power law. The -3/2 power law is typical to the on-off intermittency with hopping between two states (first and second Stokes waves in our case) [7]. At higher power, the mean time <tL> is approximated by -4 power law, that indicates a change in intermittency type to multistate. Multistable dynamics is observed in erbium-doped fiber lasers [8]. The origin of multiples states in our system could be probably connected with polarization hopping or other reasons and should be further investigated. We have presented a first experimental statistical characterisation of the on-off and multistate intermittencies that occur in the generation of the second Stokes wave in nitrogen doped random DFB fiber laser.
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & International Quantum Electronics Conference
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ (US)
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-0593-5, 978-1-4799-0594-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe / International Quantum Electronics Conference - Munich, Germany
Duration: 12 May 201316 May 2013


Conference2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe / International Quantum Electronics Conference
Abbreviated titleCLEO EUROPE/IQEC 2013

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