Dissipative shock waves in all-normal-dispersion mode-locked fiber lasers

, , , and . Opt. Lett. 39 (2): 263--266 (January 2014)


We propose an interpretation of the pronounced &\#x201C;M&\#x201D; spectral shape that is a recurrent feature in all-normal-dispersion mode-locked fiber laser dynamics. Our interpretation involves shock wave formation regularized by dissipation, modeled by a modified Burgers equation. The large fringes appearing at the edges of the spectrum result from discontinuities in the spectral phase.

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