Abstract

We consider the role of the pump pulse in the output of a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser. Our theoretical formalism is a nonlinear dynamical model that includes semiclassical effects, dipole orientation, and intraband relaxation. In particular, we study the shortening of the output pulse with decreasing pump pulse length and increasing pump level. Both of these predictions agree with experiments.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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