Abstract

We present a model for the dynamics of distributed-feedback fiber lasers that includes the effect of nonlinear refraction. The model predicts antiphase and in-phase self-pulsations, asymmetric output, and deterministic chaos if the nonlinear refractive index of the fiber material is sufficiently large. Self-pulsations with frequencies of tens to hundreds of megahertz and pulse widths of several nanoseconds are observed in computer simulations.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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