Abstract

We describe a new fiber laser configuration based on a nonlinear optical loop mirror with a symmetrical coupler, a quarter-wave retarder, and highly twisted, birefringent fiber in the loop. The nonlinear optical loop mirror configuration operates by nonlinear polarization rotation. We have achieved stable generation of subpicosecond pulses with milliwatts of average output power.

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2001 (1)

2000 (1)

E. A. Kuzin, N. Korneev, J. W. Haus, and B. Ibarra-Escamilla, Opt. Commun. 183, 389 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

1997 (2)

M. Horowitz, Y. Barad, and Y. Silberberg, Opt. Lett. 22, 799 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. O. Tsun, M. K. Islam, and P. L. Chu, Opt. Commun. 141, 65 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Barad, Y.

Chu, P. L.

T. O. Tsun, M. K. Islam, and P. L. Chu, Opt. Commun. 141, 65 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Dennis, M. L.

I. N. Duling and M. L. Dennis, in Compact Sources of Ultrashort Pulses, I. N. Duling, ed. (Cambridge University, Cambridge, 1995).
[CrossRef]

Duling, I. N.

I. N. Duling and M. L. Dennis, in Compact Sources of Ultrashort Pulses, I. N. Duling, ed. (Cambridge University, Cambridge, 1995).
[CrossRef]

Haus, J. W.

Horowitz, M.

Ibarra-Escamilla, B.

E. A. Kuzin, N. Korneev, J. W. Haus, and B. Ibarra-Escamilla, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 919 (2001).
[CrossRef]

E. A. Kuzin, N. Korneev, J. W. Haus, and B. Ibarra-Escamilla, Opt. Commun. 183, 389 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

E. P. Ippen and C. V. Shank, in Ultrashort Light Pulses, S. L. Shapiro, ed. (Springer, New York, 1977).

Islam, M. K.

T. O. Tsun, M. K. Islam, and P. L. Chu, Opt. Commun. 141, 65 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Korneev, N.

E. A. Kuzin, N. Korneev, J. W. Haus, and B. Ibarra-Escamilla, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 919 (2001).
[CrossRef]

E. A. Kuzin, N. Korneev, J. W. Haus, and B. Ibarra-Escamilla, Opt. Commun. 183, 389 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kuzin, E. A.

Sánchez-Mondragón, J.

Shank, C. V.

E. P. Ippen and C. V. Shank, in Ultrashort Light Pulses, S. L. Shapiro, ed. (Springer, New York, 1977).

Shaulov, G.

Silberberg, Y.

Tsun, T. O.

T. O. Tsun, M. K. Islam, and P. L. Chu, Opt. Commun. 141, 65 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Commun. (2)

E. A. Kuzin, N. Korneev, J. W. Haus, and B. Ibarra-Escamilla, Opt. Commun. 183, 389 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. O. Tsun, M. K. Islam, and P. L. Chu, Opt. Commun. 141, 65 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (2)

E. P. Ippen and C. V. Shank, in Ultrashort Light Pulses, S. L. Shapiro, ed. (Springer, New York, 1977).

I. N. Duling and M. L. Dennis, in Compact Sources of Ultrashort Pulses, I. N. Duling, ed. (Cambridge University, Cambridge, 1995).
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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the laser used in the experiments. WDM, wavelength-division multiplexer; EDF, erbium-doped fiber. Other abbreviations defined in text.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental spectra from the laser at output 2. The solid curve is the spectrum for mode-locking operation, and the dashed curve is cw operation.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation trace of output pulses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Pulse train with a repetition rate of 0.787  MHz.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Spectrum of the reflected pulses from the NOLM when the low-power NOLM transmission is set to a minimum.

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izS+=-μ-32PN+14PN sin2Φ0+12PNAS×cos2Φ0-12sin2Φ0S+,
izS-=μ-32PN+14PN sin2Φ0-12PNAS×cos2Φ0-12sin2Φ0S-,

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