Effect of amplified spontaneous emission and absorber mirror recovery time on the dynamics of mode-locked fiber lasers

Herda, Robert; Okhotnikov, Oleg G.
January 2005
Applied Physics Letters;1/3/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 1, p011113
Academic Journal
The effect of the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) on the performance of the semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) in mode-locked fiber lasers has been investigated. We show that high level of ASE intensity typical for fiber lasers can saturate the absorption and degrade significantly the nonlinear response of the SESAM. We studied the effect of the absorber recovery time and demonstrated that the ion-irradiated SESAMs with fast nonlinear response are less affected by the ASE radiation and, consequently, in the presence of the high-power ASE they exhibit better self-starting capability compared with slow absorbers.


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