Abstract

We demonstrate an environmentally stable Kerr-type mode-locked erbium fiber laser producing 360-fs near-bandwidth-limited pulses. Environmentally stable operation is possible in the presence of nonpolarization-maintaining fiber components provided that their overall length is short compared with the length of the polarization-maintaining fiber components. The pulses are generated at a stable repetition rate of 27 MHz and have an energy content of 60 pJ.

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Silberberg, Y.

Stock, M. L.

Tamura, K.

Taverner, D.

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Turi, L.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup of an environmentally stable Kerr-type mode-locked erbium fiber laser. P, polarizer; FR, Faraday rotator; WDM, wavelength-division multiplexer.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Pulse spectra obtained at either end of the stability range of the laser. The corresponding FWHM spectral widths are 5.8 nm (top) and 6.8 nm (bottom).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation trace of the generated pulses. The FWHM pulse width is 360 fs, assuming a sech2 shape.

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ϕ = γ PL 3 sin 2 α cos δ ,
R ( P ) = cos 2 δ cos 2 ϕ + sin 2 ϕ ( sin 2 2 α + cos 2 2 α sin 2 δ ) 1 2 sin 2 ϕ cos 2 α sin 2 δ .

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