Tropper, A.C. and Grubb, S.G.
Introduction to the issue on fiber amplifiers and lasers
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 3, (4), .
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Over the past decade, the intensive development of single-mode glass fiber as a powerful and versatile gain medium has revolutionized the technology of telecommunications and introduced us to a new kind of laser physics. The fiber geometry allows pump and laser radiation fields of high intensity to be sustained over interaction lengths of many meters with negligible propagation loss, leading to devices that operate under extreme conditions, yet in a highly compact and power-efficient form. The coupling between gain and nonlinearity in these devices leads to a range of self-adaptive behaviors that challenge both experiment and theoretical analysis in a fascinating way. In this issue, we sample some of the current preoccupations and achievements in this field.
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