Mode-locking via dissipative Faraday instability

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: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all),Chemistry(all),Physics and Astronomy(all)
Publication ISSN: 2041-1723
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 07:17
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 13:20
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-08-09
Accepted Date: 2016-07-01
Submitted Date: 2016-01-21
Authors: Tarasov, Nikita
Perego, Auro M. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5211-6513)
Churkin, Dmitry V.
Staliunas, Kestutis
Turitsyn, Sergei K. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0101-3834)

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