Abstract

Tunable dye-laser pulses of 300 fsec have been generated by synchronously pumping with pulses of a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser compressed to 5 psec. The tuning range lies between 1.25 and 1.35 μm. Conventional pumping with 100-psec pulses results in dye-laser pulses of 3-psec duration. The two pumping schemes are compared, and it is found that the mode-locking stability is greatly improved when the short pump pulses are employed.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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