Mode-locking via dissipative Faraday instability

Tarasov, Nikita, Perego, Auro M., Churkin, Dmitry V., Staliunas, Kestutis and Turitsyn, Sergei K. (2016). Mode-locking via dissipative Faraday instability. Nature Communications, 7 ,

Abstract

Emergence of coherent structures and patterns at the nonlinear stage of modulation instability of a uniform state is an inherent feature of many biological, physical and engineering systems. There are several well-studied classical modulation instabilities, such as Benjamin-Feir, Turing and Faraday instability, which play a critical role in the self-organization of energy and matter in non-equilibrium physical, chemical and biological systems. Here we experimentally demonstrate the dissipative Faraday instability induced by spatially periodic zig-zag modulation of a dissipative parameter of the system - spectrally dependent losses - achieving generation of temporal patterns and high-harmonic mode-locking in a fibre laser. We demonstrate features of this instability that distinguish it from both the Benjamin-Feir and the purely dispersive Faraday instability. Our results open the possibilities for new designs of mode-locked lasers and can be extended to other fields of physics and engineering.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms12441
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, Electronic & Power Engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all),Chemistry(all),Physics and Astronomy(all)
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Published Date: 2016-08-09
Authors: Tarasov, Nikita ( 0000-0002-0583-8449)
Perego, Auro M.
Churkin, Dmitry V.
Staliunas, Kestutis
Turitsyn, Sergei K. ( 0000-0003-0101-3834)

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