Mode-locked laser pulse sources for wavelength division multiplexing

Farnum, Edward, Bale, Brandon G. and Kutz, J. Nathan (2010). Mode-locked laser pulse sources for wavelength division multiplexing. IN: Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX. Powers, Peter E. (ed.) SPIE Proceedings . Bellingham, WA (US): SPIE.

Abstract

Recent theoretical investigations have demonstrated that the stability of mode-locked solution of multiple frequency channels depends on the degree of inhomogeneity in gain saturation. In this paper, these results are generalized to determine conditions on each of the system parameters necessary for both the stability and existence of mode-locked pulse solutions for an arbitrary number of frequency channels. In particular, we find that the parameters governing saturable intensity discrimination and gain inhomogeneity in the laser cavity also determine the position of bifurcations of solution types. These bifurcations are completely characterized in terms of these parameters. In addition to influencing the stability of mode-locked solutions, we determine a balance between cubic gain and quintic loss, which is necessary for existence of solutions as well. Furthermore, we determine the critical degree of inhomogeneous gain broadening required to support pulses in multiple frequency channels.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.840750
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, electronic & power engineering
Additional Information: Edward Farnum; Brandon G. Bale and J. Nathan Kutz; "Mode-locked laser pulse sources for wavelength division multiplexing", Proc. SPIE 7582, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX, 758216 (February 17, 2010). Copyright 2010. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.840750
Event Title: Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2010-01-25 - 2010-01-28
Uncontrolled Keywords: mode-locked lasers,wavelength division multiplexing,Applied Mathematics,Computer Science Applications,Electrical and Electronic Engineering,Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials,Condensed Matter Physics
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Published Date: 2010-02-17
Authors: Farnum, Edward
Bale, Brandon G.
Kutz, J. Nathan

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