Abstract

We report the first (to our knowledge) experimental observation of passive synchronization between a 1.03μm self-similar pulse and a 1.56μm bound-soliton bunch in a two-color mode-locked fiber laser. The self-similar pulse can form an effective potential well of several picoseconds to trap the copropagating bound solitons in the shared-fiber section. Such synchronization mechanism is supported by the experimental evidence of smaller time separation between the bound solitons under synchronization. In addition, the self-similar pulse and bound solitons can still remain locked under the periodic collision of another 1.56μm unlocked pulse train.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the two-color mode-locked fiber laser. WDM, wavelength division multiplexer (WDM 1, 1030 976 nm ; WDM 2, 1560 976 nm ; WDM 3, 1560 1030 nm ); LD, laser diode; PI-ISO, polarization-independent isolator; PBS, polarization beam splitter; FC, fiber collimator; GP, grating pair; QWP, quarter-wave plate; HWP, half-wave plate; M1 and M2, mirror 1 and mirror 2.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Yb-fiber P-APM laser under passive synchronization. (a) Optical spectra from the 5% output coupler and from the rejection port of the PBS (inset). (b) Thick curve, two-photon absorption interferometric autocorrelation traces of the chirped (inset) and dechirped pulses from the rejection port of the PBS; thin curve, the corresponding intensity autocorrelation traces.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Oscilloscope traces of the locked 1 ( Yb ) + n ( Er ) pulses under passive synchronization (thick curve, 1.03 μ m ; thin curve, 1.56 μ m ). (b) and (c) Intensity autocorrelation traces with (solid curves) and without (dashed curves) synchronization of the double-pulse and triple-pulse bound solitons at 1.56 μ m . (d) Optical spectra of (c) with (solid curve) and without (dashed curve) synchronization.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) and (b) Two consecutive oscilloscope traces of locked 1 ( Yb ) + 2 ( Er ) pulses under the periodic pulse collisions (thick curves, 1.03 μ m ; thin curves, 1.56 μ m ). (c) Intensity autocorrelation traces of the 1.56 μ m pulses under the periodic pulse collisions with (solid curve) and without (dashed curve) locking to the 1.03 μ m pulse.

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