Abstract

By incorporating a length of single-mode, polarization-preserving fiber into the feedback loop of a mode-locked color-center laser (λ ~ 1.4–1.6 μm), we have created a device that we call the soliton laser. Pulse width (2.0 to 0.21 psec obtained to date) is determined by fiber length, in accordance with N = 2 soliton behavior. Production of <50-fsec-wide pulses is indicated for compression in an additional, external fiber.

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