Abstract

The effects of intracavity étalons on the temporal-mode structure of a regenerative amplifier re studied both theoretically and experimentally. The analysis predicts the temporal profile of the regenerative amplifier output pulse given the temporal profile of the input pulse, the laser-cavity parameters, the étalon parameters, and the number of round trips that the injected pulse makes in the laser cavity. Several experiments were performed. The output pulse width of a regenerative amplifier with a single étalon was measured as we varied the thickness of the étalon and the number of round trips that the injected pulse makes in the laser cavity. With two étalons an injected 70-ps pulse width was stretched to 7 ns with no temporal modulation. The thermal sensitivity of an intracavity étalon was analyzed and measured. All experimental results agree well with theory.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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