Abstract

We demonstrate a method for generating ultrashort pulses from a phase-modulated optical signal by using a dispersion-imbalanced nonlinear loop mirror instead of the traditional linear dispersion medium. The extinction ratio of the pulses is greatly improved at the same time. By controlling the bandwidth of the phase-modulated signal and the dispersion map of the dispersion-imbalanced nonlinear loop mirror, we can control the pulse width from several picoseconds to hundreds of femtoseconds.

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S. Yang, E. A. Ponomarev, and X. Bao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1631 (2004).
[Crossref]

2002 (1)

1999 (2)

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 230 (1999).
[Crossref]

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 319 (1999).
[Crossref]

1997 (1)

1996 (1)

D. Kim, M. Arisawa, A. Morimoto, and T. Kobayashi, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 493 (1996).
[Crossref]

1992 (1)

X. Shan, D. Cleland, and A. Ellis, Electron. Lett. 28, 182 (1992).
[Crossref]

1988 (1)

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

Amano, K.

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

Arisawa, M.

D. Kim, M. Arisawa, A. Morimoto, and T. Kobayashi, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 493 (1996).
[Crossref]

Bao, X.

S. Yang, E. A. Ponomarev, and X. Bao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1631 (2004).
[Crossref]

L. Bouchard, E. A. Ponomarev, S. Yang, and X. Bao, 'Development and performance comparison of two different approaches for stabilizing a harmonic mode-locking fiber laser at 40GHz,' Appl. Opt. (to be published).
[PubMed]

Bouchard, L.

L. Bouchard, E. A. Ponomarev, S. Yang, and X. Bao, 'Development and performance comparison of two different approaches for stabilizing a harmonic mode-locking fiber laser at 40GHz,' Appl. Opt. (to be published).
[PubMed]

Cleland, D.

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[Crossref]

Ellis, A.

X. Shan, D. Cleland, and A. Ellis, Electron. Lett. 28, 182 (1992).
[Crossref]

Fukushima, Y.

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

Gao, Y.

Haus, H. A.

Ippen, E. P.

Kim, D.

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[Crossref]

Kobayashi, T.

D. Kim, M. Arisawa, A. Morimoto, and T. Kobayashi, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 493 (1996).
[Crossref]

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

Margalit, M.

Morimoto, A.

D. Kim, M. Arisawa, A. Morimoto, and T. Kobayashi, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 493 (1996).
[Crossref]

Motimoto, A.

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

Nakazawa, M.

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 319 (1999).
[Crossref]

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 230 (1999).
[Crossref]

Namiki, S.

Peng, C.

Ponomarev, E. A.

S. Yang, E. A. Ponomarev, and X. Bao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1631 (2004).
[Crossref]

L. Bouchard, E. A. Ponomarev, S. Yang, and X. Bao, 'Development and performance comparison of two different approaches for stabilizing a harmonic mode-locking fiber laser at 40GHz,' Appl. Opt. (to be published).
[PubMed]

Shan, X.

X. Shan, D. Cleland, and A. Ellis, Electron. Lett. 28, 182 (1992).
[Crossref]

Sueta, T.

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

Tamura, K. R.

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 230 (1999).
[Crossref]

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 319 (1999).
[Crossref]

Wong, W. S.

Xu, Q.

Yang, S.

S. Yang, E. A. Ponomarev, and X. Bao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1631 (2004).
[Crossref]

L. Bouchard, E. A. Ponomarev, S. Yang, and X. Bao, 'Development and performance comparison of two different approaches for stabilizing a harmonic mode-locking fiber laser at 40GHz,' Appl. Opt. (to be published).
[PubMed]

Yao, H.

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

Yao, M.

Zhang, H.

Zhang, J.

Appl. Opt. (1)

L. Bouchard, E. A. Ponomarev, S. Yang, and X. Bao, 'Development and performance comparison of two different approaches for stabilizing a harmonic mode-locking fiber laser at 40GHz,' Appl. Opt. (to be published).
[PubMed]

Electron. Lett. (1)

X. Shan, D. Cleland, and A. Ellis, Electron. Lett. 28, 182 (1992).
[Crossref]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

T. Kobayashi, H. Yao, K. Amano, Y. Fukushima, A. Motimoto, and T. Sueta, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 382 (1988).
[Crossref]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

D. Kim, M. Arisawa, A. Morimoto, and T. Kobayashi, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 2, 493 (1996).
[Crossref]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (3)

S. Yang, E. A. Ponomarev, and X. Bao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1631 (2004).
[Crossref]

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 230 (1999).
[Crossref]

K. R. Tamura and M. Nakazawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 319 (1999).
[Crossref]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental arrangement for compressing short pulses from a phase-modulated signal.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Simulated optical spectra and autocorrelation trace when the modulation depth is 1.9: (a) and (b) after phase modulator A in Fig. 1; (c) and (d) after the DSF inside fiber loop mirror B; (e) and (f) at output port C.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured optical spectra and autocorrelation trace when modulation depth is 1.9: (a) and (b) after phase modulator A; (c) and (d) after the DSF inside the fiber loop mirror B; (e) and (f) at the output port C.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Relationship among output pulse widths, required SMF-28 fiber lengths, and applied modulation depths.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Optical spectrum and autocorrelation trace at output port C when the modulation depth is 10.5. Inset, optical spectrum after phase modulator A.

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