Abstract

Intense ultrashort pulses are generated in an additive-pulse mode-locked, amplitude-feedback-controlled Nd:YLF laser pumped by quasi-cw laser diodes with a 30-Hz repetition rate. Pulse trains are produced that consist of approximately 600 single pulses of 2.1-ps duration and ≲l-μJ energy. The peak intensity is ≲0.5 MW, and a stability corresponding to a standard deviation of ~1.3% is measured. The optical efficiency of this all-solid-state mode-locked laser is determined to be ~1%.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the laser setup. The laser consists of three Nd:YLF slabs pumped by QCW laser diodes, a nonlinear Michelson interferometer NMI for additive-pulse mode locking, and acousto-optic mode-locker AOM, a feedback controller FC for active stabilization of the intracavity pulse energy, and an R = 95% output coupler M1.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Oscilloscope trace of the first part of the pulse train illustrating the beginning of the three phases of pulse evolution in FC-APM operation: active mode locking, feedback controlling, and additive-pulse mode locking. The time base of 200 ns/division does not allow one to resolve individual pulses.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation data taken with the second half of the pulse train, emitted through output coupler M1. The points represent average values of 10 consecutive shots and the standard deviation. The solid curve is a calculated autocorrelation curve for sech2-shaped pulses of tp = 2.1 ps duration.

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