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Title: Dispersion engineering of mode-locked fibre lasers
Authors: Woodward, RI
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Mode-locked fibre lasers are important sources of ultrashort pulses, where stable pulse generation is achieved through a balance of periodic amplitude and phase evolutions. A range of distinct cavity pulse dynamics have been revealed, arising from the interplay between dispersion and nonlinearity in addition to dissipative processes such as filtering. This has led to the discovery of numerous novel operating regimes, offering significantly improved laser performance. In this Topical Review, we summarise the main steady-state pulse dynamics reported to date through cavity dispersion engineering, including average solitons, dispersion-managed solitons, dissipative solitons, giant-chirped pulses and similaritons. Characteristic features and the stabilisation mechanism of each regime are described, supported by numerical modelling, in addition to the typical performance and limitations. Opportunities for further pulse energy scaling are discussed, in addition to considering other recent advances including automated self-tuning cavities and fluoride-fibre-based mid-infrared mode-locked lasers.
Issue Date: 14-Feb-2018
Date of Acceptance: 31-Aug-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/42031
DOI: 10.1088/2040-8986/aaa9f5
ISSN: 1464-4258
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Optics
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Copyright Statement: © 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Optics. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The definitive publisher authenticated version is available online at https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2040-8986/aaa9f5
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Conference Name: Photon16
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Optics
fibre lasers
mode-locked lasers
ultrafast lasers
pulse shaping
solitons
DISSIPATIVE-SOLITON FIBER
NANOSECOND PULSE GENERATION
OPTICAL-WAVE BREAKING
NOISE-LIKE PULSES
SATURABLE ABSORBERS
HIGH-POWER
ADDITIVE-PULSE
MU-M
SUPERCONTINUUM GENERATION
ZBLAN FIBER
physics.optics
physics.optics
0205 Optical Physics
0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
0206 Quantum Physics
Optics
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2016-09-05
Finish Date: 2016-09-08
Conference Place: Leeds, UK
Appears in Collections:Physics
Photonics
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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