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Applied Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM)

Date:  Friday, February 05, 2016
Location:  1084 East Hall (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  Nonlinear pulse dynamics in modelocked lasers

Abstract:   Modelocked lasers can serve as an ideal "playground" for studying nonlinear pulse dynamics. I will first introduce modelocked lasers and their description as a realization of a dissipative soliton. I will then present three phenomena that have been experimentally observed in modelocked lasers: polarization locked vector solitons, exploding solitons and verification of the "area" theorem for dispersion managed solitons. Finally, I will introduce the concepts of frequency combs and the nonlinear dynamics are driven by quantum noise to determine the quality of the combs produced by modelocked lasers.


Speaker:  Steve Cundiff
Institution:  University of Michigan

Event Organizer:   Peter Miller


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