Physics Thesis Research
Nonlinear Pulse Shaping in a Picosecond Fiber Laser
At Williams College, I worked on a senior honors thesis under the guidance of Prof. Jeff Strait of the Williams physics department. His lab investigates the propagations of short pulses in optical fibers - specifically, near-soliton pulses through an all-fiber Er:Yb laser with a nonlinear optical loop mirror.
My thesis work involved developing a Mathematica program to simulate the propagation of pulses in the laser cavity. With this simulator, we gained a much richer understanding of the pulse-shaping mechanisms at work in the fiber laser. This work has direct applications to long-distance data transmission through optical fibers.
You can read my thesis, if you want.
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