The Soliton Laser

L. F. Mollenauer and R. H. Stolen

The soliton laser represents a brand new principle for the production of ultrashort light pulses. Pulse compression and solitons in an optical fiber (the fiber is part of the laser's feedback loop) are used to force the laser itself to produce pulses of a definite shape and width. This new principle allows for a previously unknown degree of control in the production of ultrashort pulses. In particular, the soliton laser is the first source of femtosecond pulses in the near infrared.

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