Abstract

We demonstrate the use of coherent division and recombination of the pulse within an ultrafast laser cavity to manage the nonlinear phase accumulation and scale the output pulse energy. We implement the divided-pulse technique in an ytterbium-doped fiber laser and achieve 16 times scaling of the pulse energy, to generate 6 nJ and 1.4 ps solitons in single-mode fiber. Potential extensions of this concept are discussed.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic representation of the DPL using two dividing elements. SAM, saturable absorber mirror; DD, dispersive delay. The dispersive delay line may or may not be included.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Divided-pulse soliton fiber laser. M, mirror; FR, Faraday rotator; COL, collimator; WDM, wavelength division multiplexer; QWP, quarter-wave plate; HWP, half-wave plate; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; ISO, isolator; SESAM, semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Experimental results with no pulse division, (a) spectrum and (b) autocorrelation of output pulse. Experimental results with one dividing element in the laser cavity, (c) spectrum, (d) autocorrelation of recombined output pulse, and (e) autocorrelation of divided pulse.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Experimental results, with two dividing crystals, (a) spectrum and (b) autocorrelation of recombined pulse; with three dividing crystals, (c) spectrum and (d) autocorrelation of recombined pulse; with four dividing crystals, (e) spectrum and (f) autocorrelation of recombined pulse. The autocorrelation is multiplied by a factor of 20 and displaced vertically (blue traces) to highlight the slight imperfections in the recombination.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Autocorrelation of a pulse burst with two dividing crystals in the cavity.

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