Abstract

Dark soldons have been produced by a number of means, including pulse shaping1 and pulse evolution in dispersion-tapered fibers.2,3 Here, I show numerical simulations that predict that dark pulses can be generated directly by an additive-pulse mode- locked (APM) laser. The APM laser, shown in Fig. 1, is a type of passively-mode-locked laser that comprises two interferometrically coupled cavities: a main cavity, containing gain and bandwidth limiting, and a control cavity, containing a Kerr nonlinearity implemented by a single-mode fiber.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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