Application of waveguide arrays and spectral filtering for a multi-frequency picosecond mode-locked pulse source


Current optical fiber-communication networks increasingly rely on wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technologies in conjunction with optical time-division multiplexing (OTDM) of individual WDM channels. The combination of high-repetition-rate data streams with a large number of WDM channels has pushed transmission rates to nearly 1 TB/s, creating a demand for all-optical transmission sources that can generate pico-second modelocked pulses at various wavelengths. Through nonlinear mode-coupling in a wave-guide array and a periodically applied multi-notch frequency filter, robust multi-frequency mode-locking can be achieved in a laser cavity in both the normal and anomalous dispersion regimes. We develop a theoretical description of this multiplewavelength mode-locking, and characterize the mode-locked solutions and their stability for an arbitrary number of frequency channels. The theoretical investigations demonstrate that the stability of the mode-locked pulse solutions of multiple frequency channels depends on the degree of inhomogenity in gain saturation. Specifically, only a small amount of inhomogeneous gain-broadening is needed for multi-frequency operation in the laser. In this presentation, the conditions on the system parameters necessary for generating stable mode-locking is explored for arbitrary number of frequency channels. The model suggests a promising source for multi-frequency photonic applications.

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Additional Information: Edward Farnum ; Brandon G. Bale and J. Nathan Kutz; "Application of waveguide arrays and spectral filtering for a multi-frequency picosecond mode-locked pulse source", Proc. SPIE 7354, Nonlinear Optics and Applications III, 73540Q (May 22, 2009). Copyright 2009 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:
Event Title: Nonlinear Optics and Applications III
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2009-04-20 - 2009-04-22
Uncontrolled Keywords: mode-locked lasers,waveguide arrays,wavelength-division multiplexing,Applied Mathematics,Computer Science Applications,Electrical and Electronic Engineering,Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials,Condensed Matter Physics
ISBN: 978-0-8194-7628-9
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 08:26
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 14:55
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PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2009-05-22
Authors: Farnum, Edward
Bale, Brandon G.
Kutz, J. Nathan



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