Abstract

We describe a modulator-driven, erbium-fiber ring laser that produces chirp-free pulses with width adjustable over the range of 5 to 100 ps. A high-finesse Fabry–Perot étalon with a free spectral range equal to the 2.5-GHz laser repetition rate eliminates unwanted laser ring modes and stabilizes the pulse amplitude. Using this laser, we have extended the error-free distance of a series of soliton transmission experiments by 2000–3000 km over previous results with a mode-locked semiconductor laser.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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