Carrier-envelope phase locking of multi-pulse lasers with an intra-cavity Mach-Zehnder interferometer

Mark Shtaif, Curtis R. Menyuk, Michael L. Dennis, Michael C. Gross

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Abstract

We propose the use of an intra-cavity Mach Zehnder interferometer (MZI), for increasing the repetition rate at which carrier-envelope phase-locked pulses are generated in passively mode-locked fiber lasers. The attractive feature of the proposed scheme is that light escaping through the open output ports of the MZI can be used as a monitor signal feeding a servo loop that allows multiple pulses to co-exist in the cavity, while rigidly controlling their separation. The proposed scheme enables in principle a significant increase in the pulse-rate with no deterioration in the properties of the generated pulses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23202-23214
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Volume19
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Nov 2011

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