Abstract

An external-cavity diode laser is used to seed a pulsed Ti:sapphire laser from 839 to 860 nm. Because this wavelength range is off the gain peak of Ti:sapphire, a bandpass filter is used in the cavity to permit seeded operation. We describe a tunable, wide-field-of-view birefringent filter especially suited for use in seeded lasers. Measurements of the ratio of unseeded to seeded output as a function of seed power are also presented and demonstrate an approximately reciprocal dependence on the seed power.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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