Title

Simulation of the Optical Loop Mirror in Ultrafast Fiber Lasers

Date of Award

1-1-2018

Degree Name

M.S. in Electro-Optics

Department

Department of Electro-Optics

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Andy Chong

Abstract

The ultrafast fiber laser system, which can generate the pulse with short duration and high peak power, has many technological applications. The mode-locking mechanism is widely applied to construct an ultrafast laser system. The saturable absorber action, which is characterized by higher transmittance at higher power input, is the key component to make a passive mode-locked laser. The thesis is focused on the simulation of the nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) and the nonlinear amplifying loop mirror (NALM) inside the fiber laser cavity to create a fast saturable absorber action. Relationships between NOLM/NALM properties and output pulses’ peak power and energy are discussed in detail. In particular, the transform-limited pulse characteristics of both pulse duration and spectral width are examined. The generation of shorter pulses with higher peak power are explored.

Keywords

Optics, Mode-locked fiber lasers, Nonlinear optical loop mirror, Nonlinear amplifying loop mirror, Saturable absorbing action, Ultrafast pulse propagation

Rights Statement

Copyright 2018, author

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