Abstract

Data are presented for the operation of a versatile color-center laser that permitted the generation of stable trains of subpicosecond pulses in a synchronously pumped ring configuration. With LiF:F2+ as the gain medium, pulses having durations of 0.7 psec (Gaussian pulse shape assumed) were reliably obtained with average powers of 15–20 mW available in each of the two output beams. These pulse widths are more than a factor of 2 shorter than those obtained when this laser was configured with a standing-wave resonator.

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