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Opt Lett. 2006 Sep 15;31(18):2737-8; discussion 2739-40.

Comment on "passively Q-switched fiber laser that uses saturable Raman gain".

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  • RP Photonics Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland. paschotta@rp-photonics.com


Recently, an interesting pulsing behavior of a fiber laser with intracavity Raman conversion was reported [Y. Zhao and S. D. Jackson, Opt. Lett.31, 751 (2006)]. The pulsing has been interpreted as passive Q switching, but this interpretation needs to be revised. An alternative explanation predicts transient phenomena, which do not lead to a regular pulse train.

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