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Transient state of wavelength tuning in mode-locked lasers with a dispersive cavity

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Shilong Pan

Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)

Caiyun Lou

Tsinghua Univ. (China)

Proc. SPIE 7986, Passive Components and Fiber-Based Devices VII, 79860D (January 19, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.887949
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  • Passive Components and Fiber-Based Devices VII
  • Perry P. Shum
  • Shanghai, China | December 08, 2010

abstract

Mode-locked lasers with a dispersive cavity whose wavelengths can be tuned by changing either cavity length or modulation frequency, are promising to generate single- or multi-wavelength and wavelength-tunable optical short pulses. The transient states of wavelength tuning in such lasers, which may introduce significant timing and amplitude jitters, is undesirable for applications that require fast wavelength switching or sweeping. In this paper, we numerically and experimentally study the transient states of wavelength tuning in dispersion-tuned mode-locked lasers. The restriction on the tuning step of cavity length or modulation frequency for wavelength tuning to achieve an acceptable pulse performance is obtained.

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Shilong Pan and Caiyun Lou
"Transient state of wavelength tuning in mode-locked lasers with a dispersive cavity", Proc. SPIE 7986, Passive Components and Fiber-Based Devices VII, 79860D (January 19, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.887949; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.887949


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