Optimizing waveguide array mode-locking for high-power fiber lasers

Brandon G. Bale, J. Nathan Kutz, Björn Sandstede

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A comprehensive theoretical treatment is given of the mode-locking dynamics produced by the intensity discrimination (saturable absorption) generated by the nonlinear mode-coupling in a waveguide array. Emphasis is placed on the mode-locking stability as a function of the critical physical parameters in the laser cavity. The theoretical characterization of the laser cavity's stability and dynamics allows for a comprehensive optimization of the laser cavity parameters toward achieving high peak power, high-energy pulses in both the anomalous and normal dispersion regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-231
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2009


  • lasers
  • mode-locked lasers
  • solitons
  • waveguide arrays


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