Expand this Topic clickable element to expand a topic
Skip to content
Optica Publishing Group
  • 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference
  • (Optica Publishing Group, 2015),
  • paper EF_3_1

Soliton explosions in a passively mode-locked fiber laser

Not Accessible

Your library or personal account may give you access


Mode-locked fiber lasers can be host to numerous exotic dissipative structures, and they have thus become ideal testbeds for the exploration of complex dissipative dynamics [1]. Among all such dynamics, soliton explosions display perhaps the most astonishing characteristics. In this regime, a quasi-stable dissipative soliton circulates in the laser cavity for a number of roundtrips, but then suddenly undergoes an abrupt structural collapse. Remarkably, after a few roundtrips the collapsed pulse self-recovers and returns back to its initial form. Such explosions were first observed in numerical simulations of the cubic-quintic Ginzburg-Landau equation [2], and they have ever since attracted significant theoretical interest [3]. However, the extreme transient nature of the explosions makes them difficult to capture in laboratory measurements. In fact, so far only one observation has been reported, in a solid-state Ti:Sapphire laser [4]. Here we report on the first observation of soliton explosions in a passively mode-locked fiber laser. We use the dispersive Fourier transformation (DFT) [5] to record the shot-to-shot spectra emitted by the laser, identifying clear signatures of soliton explosions, when operating in a regime between stable and noise-like emission [6]. We also show that explosions manifest themselves in the time-domain as abrupt, measurable temporal shifts of the pulse train [6].

© 2015 IEEE

PDF Article
More Like This
Multi-soliton explosions in a mode-locked fiber laser

Ying Yu, Zhi-Chao Luo, Jiqiang Kang, and Kenneth K. Y. Wong
NpM2C.3 Nonlinear Photonics (NP) 2018

Soliton Explosions and Implosions in Mode-Locked Lasers

Wonkeun Chang and Nail Akhmediev
EF_3_2 European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC) 2015

Observation of Soliton Explosions in an Anomalous-Dispersion Fibre Laser

Zhi-Wei Wei, Meng Liu, Shu-Xian Ming, Ai-Ping Luo, Wen-Cheng Xu, and Zhi-Chao Luo
ef_p_38 European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC) 2019


You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Select as filters

Select Topics Cancel
© Copyright 2022 | Optica Publishing Group. All Rights Reserved