Abstract

Self-starting, stable mode-locked pulses can be generated from a wavelength-swept laser through the interplay between an intracavity scanning filter and self-phase modulation. From an Er3+-doped fiber laser employing a scanning Fabry–Perot filter, 100ps optical pulses are obtained at a 12-MHz repetition rate with center wavelengths that are swept over 27nm around 1.55μm in 1ms.

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