Abstract

Stable synchronous pumping of a Rh6G–DODCI femtosecond dye laser by a frequency-doubled continuously mode-locked Nd:YAG laser is achieved. A group-velocity-compensated linear cavity terminates in an antiresonant ring containing a saturable absorber. Critical variations of pulse characteristics with cavity-length detuning are avoided by an active stabilization of the cavity length. As the error signal, we use the variation of the dye-laser’s central wavelength with the cavity mismatch.

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1985 (2)

1984 (2)

1983 (2)

J. D. Kafka, T. Sizer, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Qantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

A. M. Johnson, W. M. Simpson, Opt. Lett. 8, 554 (1983).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1981 (1)

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

1980 (1)

B. Couillaud, A. Ducasse, L. Sarger, D. Bosher, Appl. Phys. Lett. 36, 1 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Bebelaar, D.

S. R. Rotman, C. B. Roxlo, D. Bebelaar, T. K. Yee, M. M. Salour, in Picosecond Phenomena II, R. M. Hochstrasser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980).

Bosher, D.

B. Couillaud, A. Ducasse, L. Sarger, D. Bosher, Appl. Phys. Lett. 36, 1 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Couillaud, B.

B. Couillaud, A. Ducasse, L. Sarger, D. Bosher, Appl. Phys. Lett. 36, 1 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Diels, J. C.

Dobler, J.

J. Dobler, H. H. Schultz, R. Leonhardt, W. Zinth, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of AmericanWashington, D.C., 1986), p. 326.

Ducasse, A.

B. Couillaud, A. Ducasse, L. Sarger, D. Bosher, Appl. Phys. Lett. 36, 1 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Duling, I. N.

J. D. Kafka, T. Sizer, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Qantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

Fork, R. L.

R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 9, 150 (1984).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Gabel, C. W.

J. D. Kafka, T. Sizer, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Qantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

Gordon, J. P.

Greene, B. I.

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Johnson, A. M.

Kafka, J. D.

J. D. Kafka, T. Sizer, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Qantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

Leonhardt, R.

M. C. Nuss, R. Leonhardt, W. Zinth, Opt. Lett. 10, 16 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Dobler, H. H. Schultz, R. Leonhardt, W. Zinth, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of AmericanWashington, D.C., 1986), p. 326.

Martinez, O. E.

Mourou, G.

T. Norris, T. Sizer, G. Mourou, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 613 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Kafka, T. Sizer, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Qantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

Norris, T.

Nuss, M. C.

Rotman, S. R.

S. R. Rotman, C. B. Roxlo, D. Bebelaar, T. K. Yee, M. M. Salour, in Picosecond Phenomena II, R. M. Hochstrasser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980).

Roxlo, C. B.

S. R. Rotman, C. B. Roxlo, D. Bebelaar, T. K. Yee, M. M. Salour, in Picosecond Phenomena II, R. M. Hochstrasser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980).

Salour, M. M.

S. R. Rotman, C. B. Roxlo, D. Bebelaar, T. K. Yee, M. M. Salour, in Picosecond Phenomena II, R. M. Hochstrasser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980).

Sarger, L.

B. Couillaud, A. Ducasse, L. Sarger, D. Bosher, Appl. Phys. Lett. 36, 1 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Schultz, H. H.

J. Dobler, H. H. Schultz, R. Leonhardt, W. Zinth, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of AmericanWashington, D.C., 1986), p. 326.

Shank, C. V.

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Simpson, W. M.

Sizer, T.

T. Norris, T. Sizer, G. Mourou, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 613 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Kafka, T. Sizer, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Qantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

Torti, R.

Vanherzeele, H.

Yee, T. K.

S. R. Rotman, C. B. Roxlo, D. Bebelaar, T. K. Yee, M. M. Salour, in Picosecond Phenomena II, R. M. Hochstrasser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980).

Zinth, W.

M. C. Nuss, R. Leonhardt, W. Zinth, Opt. Lett. 10, 16 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Dobler, H. H. Schultz, R. Leonhardt, W. Zinth, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of AmericanWashington, D.C., 1986), p. 326.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

B. Couillaud, A. Ducasse, L. Sarger, D. Bosher, Appl. Phys. Lett. 36, 1 (1980).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Qantum Electron. (1)

J. D. Kafka, T. Sizer, I. N. Duling, C. W. Gabel, G. Mourou, IEEE J. Qantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

S. R. Rotman, C. B. Roxlo, D. Bebelaar, T. K. Yee, M. M. Salour, in Picosecond Phenomena II, R. M. Hochstrasser, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980).

J. Dobler, H. H. Schultz, R. Leonhardt, W. Zinth, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of AmericanWashington, D.C., 1986), p. 326.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Laser setup. The gain medium is Rh6G, and the absorber is DODCI.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Intensity-autocorrelation trace of the femtosecond pulse at a central wavelength of 619 nm. A 64-fsec pulse (FWHM) is obtained if a sech2 pulse shape is assumed. The moderate asymmetry reveals an imperfectly equilibrated autocorrelator and some residual chirp in the pulse.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Variations of the central pulse wavelength (points) and pulse width (crosses) versus cavity-length mismatch (arbitrary origin).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Effect of the frequency stabilization on the envelope of the pulse train.

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