Abstract

We characterize the soliton-train emission from an Er–Yb-doped fiber loop laser. We discuss the self-starting dynamics and pulse-repetition-rate control in this sliding-frequency soliton laser. We show that the laser truly self-starts after only one cavity round trip. In the steady state the laser emits a closely spaced train of solitons. We also show that the output pulse width may be controlled by the interplay of continuous frequency shifting, bandwidth-limited amplification, and nonlinear polarization rotation of the circulating solitons. The repetition rate is fixed by means of a weak intracavity feedback. The laser is tunable by shifting of the filter wavelength through the whole spectral band of the active fiber.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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