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Rational harmonic mode locking is first demonstrated in an erbium-doped fiber laser using an all-optical approach. Both bright and dark pulse trains up to 4.58 GHz are obtained at 1.55 /spl mu/m by adjusting the initial reflection state of the intracavity loop mirror. The nonlinear loop modulator serves as a mode locker and an adjustable end reflector in the laser. The setup is useful for optional bit-rate multiplication while providing a means for the conversion of wavelength, as well as the conversion between bright and dark pulses. The output wavelength is also tunable upon the adjustment of a cavity fiber Fabry-Perot filter.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2001