Abstract

We show both numerically and experimentally that through appropriately selecting the output coupling position and strength in a mode-locked fiber laser, one can effectively manage the nonlinearity of the cavity. By implementing the technique together with cavity dispersion management in an erbium-doped fiber laser, we have achieved stable mode-locked pulses with a single-pulse energy of 2.08nJ and pulse width of 46.2fs directly from the laser.

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2006 (1)

2005 (1)

D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, B. Zhao, and A. Q. Liu, Phys. Rev. A 72, 043816 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

1994 (1)

H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, and K. Tamura, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 200 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

1992 (2)

V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 1391 (1992).
[CrossRef]

K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Electron. Lett. 28, 2226 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

I. N. Duling III, Electron. Lett. 27, 544 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Duling, I. N.

I. N. Duling III, Electron. Lett. 27, 544 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Haus, H. A.

H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, and K. Tamura, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 200 (1994).
[CrossRef]

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, H. A. Haus, and L. E. Nelson, Opt. Lett. 18, 1080 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Electron. Lett. 28, 2226 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ilday, F. Ö.

Ippen, E. P.

H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, and K. Tamura, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 200 (1994).
[CrossRef]

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, H. A. Haus, and L. E. Nelson, Opt. Lett. 18, 1080 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Electron. Lett. 28, 2226 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Liu, A. Q.

D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, B. Zhao, and A. Q. Liu, Phys. Rev. A 72, 043816 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Matsas, V. J.

V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 1391 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Nelson, L. E.

Newson, T. P.

V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 1391 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Payne, D. N.

V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 1391 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Richardson, D. J.

V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 1391 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Tamura, K.

H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, and K. Tamura, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 200 (1994).
[CrossRef]

K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, H. A. Haus, and L. E. Nelson, Opt. Lett. 18, 1080 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Electron. Lett. 28, 2226 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Tang, D. Y.

L. M. Zhao, D. Y. Tang, and J. Wu, Opt. Lett. 31, 1788 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, B. Zhao, and A. Q. Liu, Phys. Rev. A 72, 043816 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Wise, F. W.

Wu, J.

Zhao, B.

D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, B. Zhao, and A. Q. Liu, Phys. Rev. A 72, 043816 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Zhao, L. M.

L. M. Zhao, D. Y. Tang, and J. Wu, Opt. Lett. 31, 1788 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, B. Zhao, and A. Q. Liu, Phys. Rev. A 72, 043816 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (3)

I. N. Duling III, Electron. Lett. 27, 544 (1991).
[CrossRef]

V. J. Matsas, T. P. Newson, D. J. Richardson, and D. N. Payne, Electron. Lett. 28, 1391 (1992).
[CrossRef]

K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Electron. Lett. 28, 2226 (1992).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, and K. Tamura, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 200 (1994).
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J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

D. Y. Tang, L. M. Zhao, B. Zhao, and A. Q. Liu, Phys. Rev. A 72, 043816 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Two stable mode-locked states of the laser, numerically calculated. Solid curve, output coupler at the half-length position of the SMF; dotted curve, output coupler at the end of the EDF.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Mode-locked pulse and spectrum of the laser calculated with the output coupler 50 cm from the EDF. Note the high peak power of the pulse compared with those of pulses shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Schematic of the fiber laser. I, polarization-dependent isolator; λ 4 : quarter-wave plate; λ 2 , half-wave plate.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Typical mode-locked pulse spectrum and the corresponding autocorrelation trace of the laser.

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