Abstract

We demonstrate a tunable passively mode-locked fiber laser with a selectable repetition rate of up to 640GHz. The mode-locking mechanism is based on dissipative four-wave mixing in combination with a programmable optical processor as the spectral filter. We achieve up to 20nm wavelength tunability and present mode-locked operation at repetition rates between 40 and 640GHz. Measurements of the power spectra using a cross-phase modulation technique confirm the mode locking.

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