Abstract

We report on optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers passively mode locked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The effect of second- and third-order dispersion and dynamic gain saturation on the pulse formation is studied both experimentally and numerically. Improvement of the pulse quality and duration in the disk laser with resonant periodic gain structure requires accurate control of dispersion by wavelength detuning.

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