Cavity designs for GHz frequency combs

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1117/12.2253156
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TypeArticle
Proceedings titleLaser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XIX
Series titleProceedings of SPIE; no. 10090
ConferenceSPIE LASE, 28 January - 2 February 2017, San Francisco, California, USA
ISSN0277-786X
996-756X
ISBN9781510606210
Pages# of pages: 15
AbstractA comprehensive modeling of the mode-locked laser is presented. The methodology, based for a large part on space-time analogy, applies to any cavity, but may be particularly important for short cavities with particular emphasis where very tight parameter control is essential. Unlike earlier models the beam deformation by nonlinear index in time and space is completely accounted for. It is shown that the mechanism responsible for starting mode-locking is not only Kerr lensing but also Kerr deflection. The problem of directionality in a ring laser is addressed. Will the operation be bidirectional, or unidirectional, and in the later case in which direction? It is suggested that this question can be addressed by considering the analogy between a ring laser and a quantum mechanical two level system. While it is generally taken for granted that multi-GHz combs can only be obtained by miniaturization of the laser, it is shown that a high frequency comb can be generated in a mode-locked laser by inserting a glass etalon.
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PublisherSociety of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
LanguageEnglish
AffiliationMeasurement Science and Standards; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number23002627
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