Abstract

Self-focusing by a Kerr nonlinearity in combination with an intracavity aperture creates a power-dependent loss in lasers, which has been used as a method for passive mode locking of lasers. An analytical treatment is presented that yields closed-form expressions for the modulation efficiency. Comparisons between analytical results and numerical calculations are performed. General features of this mode-locking technique are discussed, and a procedure for the optimization of hard-aperture Kerr-lens mode-locking performance is given.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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Wojciech Nasalski, "Aberrationless effects of nonlinear propagation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 13, 1736-1747 (1996)
https://www.osapublishing.org/josab/abstract.cfm?uri=josab-13-8-1736

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