Self-started unidirectional operation of a fibre ring soliton laser without an isolator

L. M. Zhao, D. Y. Tang, T. H. Cheng, Chao Lu

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We demonstrate self-started mode-locking in an erbium-doped fibre ring laser by using the nonlinear polarization rotation mode-locking technique but without an isolator in cavity. We show that, due to the intrinsic effective nonlinearity discrimination of the mode-locked pulse propagating along different cavity directions, the soliton operation of the laser is always unidirectional, and its features have no difference to that of unidirectional lasers with an isolator in cavity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number009
JournalJournal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007


  • Bidirectional
  • Self-started
  • Soliton fibre laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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