Accession Number : ADD014942

Title :   Optical Soliton Source.

Descriptive Note : Patent application 608 764, Filed 5 Nov 90,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Duling, I N

Report Date : 05 Nov 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : An optical source for producing short optical pulses comprises first and second optical loops coupled together by a beam splitter so as to define a figure eight optical path in which a light beam propagating toward the beam splitter in one of the first and second loops is split by the beam splitter to form two light beams propagating in opposite directions around the other of the first and second loops. The first loop includes a direction dependent loss element for reducing the intensity of light propagating in predetermined direction around the first loop, and the second loop includes an element having an intensity dependent nonlinear optical transmission characteristic. One of the first and second loops includes an optical gain medium. Coupling apparatus is also provided for coupling pump light into the loop including the gain medium and for coupling optical pulses out of the source.

Descriptors :   BEAM SPLITTING, COUPLING(INTERACTION), GAIN, INTENSITY, LIGHT, LIGHT PULSES, LOOPS, LOSSES, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, OPTICS, PATHS, PUMPS, SHORT PULSES

Subject Categories : Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE