16 May 1994 Ultrashort pulse performance of the nonlinear loop mirror
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Abstract
While the gain bandwidth of Er-doped fiber amplifiers is in the range of 60 fs, most fiber figure eight lasers produce approximately 200 fs pulses. We show that higher order terms, including third-order dispersion, self-frequency shifting, and self-steepening, severely limit the efficiency and pulse quality for ultra-short pulses propagating in the nonlinear amplifying loop mirror, which acts as a gain medium and a modelocker in these lasers. We also compare the nonlinear optical loop mirror used as an ultra-fast all-optical switch at various control pulse power levels.
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Gary Whiton Pearson, Jerzy S. Krasinski, "Ultrashort pulse performance of the nonlinear loop mirror", Proc. SPIE 2116, Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses, (16 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175848; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.175848
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