Stretched-Pulse Generation and Propagation

David J. JONES
Hermann A. HAUS
Erich P. IPPEN

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E81-C    No.2    pp.180-188
Publication Date: 1998/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Ultrashort Optical Pulse Technologies and their Applications)
Category: Mode-locked Fiber Lasers
ultrashort pulse fiber lasers,  dispersion-allocated solitons,   long distance transmission systems,  

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In this paper we review the stretched-pulse principle and discuss its inherent advantages for ultrashort pulse generation and transmission. An analytic theory of the stretched-pulse fiber laser is presented and shown to be in good agreement with experimental results. An extension of the stretched-pulse theory is applied to both fiber lasers and dispersion-allocated soliton transmission and then compared to numerical results. We also discuss the design and operation of an environmentally stable stretched-pulse fiber laser.