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Chin. Phys. B, 2011, Vol. 20(5): 054203    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/20/5/054203
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Transition state to mode locking in a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fibre ring laser

Liu Jia-Rui, Xu Wen-Cheng, Luo Zhi-Chao, Luo Ai-Ping, Yin Hai-Sen
Key Laboratory of Photonic Information Technology of Guangdong Higher Education Institutes, School of Information and Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China
Abstract  The transition state between the continuous wave region and the mode-locked region in a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fibre ring laser has been experimentally observed by utilizing the nonlinear polarization rotation technique. When the pump power reaches the mode-locked threshold, the metastable pulse train with a tunable repetition rate is obtained in the transition from the continuous wave state to the passive mode-locked state via proper adjustment of the polarization controller. A simple model has been established to explain the experimental observation.
Keywords:  transition state      erbium-doped fibre laser      mode locking      nonlinear polarization rotation     
Received:  07 September 2010      Published:  15 May 2011
PACS:  42.55.Wd (Fiber lasers)  
  42.60.Fc (Modulation, tuning, and mode locking)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11074078), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education, China (Grant No. 20094407110002), the Key Program for Scientific and Technological Innovations of Higher Education Institutes in Guangdong Province, China (Grant No. cxzd1011), and the Foundation for Distinguished Young Talents in Higher Education of Guangdong, China (Grant No. C10183).

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Liu Jia-Rui, Xu Wen-Cheng, Luo Zhi-Chao, Luo Ai-Ping, Yin Hai-Sen Transition state to mode locking in a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fibre ring laser 2011 Chin. Phys. B 20 054203

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