Abstract

The cw tuning range, and subsequent passive mode locking of a new argon-ion-pumped energy-transfer dye laser operating in the near IR, is reported for the first time to our knowledge. The gain medium, consisting of an energy-transfer mixture of Pyridin 1 as the donor dye and Rhodamine 800 as the acceptor dye, has been found to lase continuous waves from 742 to 823 nm. Passively mode locked with bis-4-(1-ethylquinoline) [γ-4′-(1′-ethylquinoline)] pentamethine cyanine diiodide dye, this active medium yielded sub-500-fsec pulses from 783 to 815 nm in a linear cavity, with pulses as short as 260 fsec being generated.

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P. M. W. French, J. A. R. Williams, J. R. Taylor, Rev. Phys. Appl. 22, 1651 (1987).
[CrossRef]

P. M. W. French, J. A. R. Williams, J. R. Taylor, Opt. Lett. 12, 684 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1985 (2)

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R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 9, 151 (1984).
[CrossRef]

R. Raue, H. Harnisch, K. H. Drexhage, Heterocycles 21, 167 (1984).
[CrossRef]

1974 (1)

G. H. C. New, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-10, 115 (1974).
[CrossRef]

1972 (1)

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, A. Dienes, Appl. Phys. Lett. 21, 348 (1972).
[CrossRef]

1959 (1)

T. Förster, Discuss. Faraday Soc. 27, 7 (1959).
[CrossRef]

Dienes, A.

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, A. Dienes, Appl. Phys. Lett. 21, 348 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Drexhage, K. H.

R. Raue, H. Harnisch, K. H. Drexhage, Heterocycles 21, 167 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Fork, R. L.

J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 131 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 9, 151 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Förster, T.

T. Förster, Discuss. Faraday Soc. 27, 7 (1959).
[CrossRef]

French, P. M. W.

P. M. W. French, J. A. R. Williams, J. R. Taylor, Rev. Phys. Appl. 22, 1651 (1987).
[CrossRef]

P. M. W. French, J. A. R. Williams, J. R. Taylor, Opt. Lett. 12, 684 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gordon, J. P.

J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 131 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 9, 151 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Harnisch, H.

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[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, A. Dienes, Appl. Phys. Lett. 21, 348 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Langford, N.

Martinez, O. E.

R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 9, 151 (1984).
[CrossRef]

New, G. H. C.

G. H. C. New, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-10, 115 (1974).
[CrossRef]

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R. Raue, H. Harnisch, K. H. Drexhage, Heterocycles 21, 167 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Shank, C. V.

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, A. Dienes, Appl. Phys. Lett. 21, 348 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Sibbett, W.

Smith, K.

Taylor, J. R.

Valdmanis, J. A.

Williams, J. A. R.

P. M. W. French, J. A. R. Williams, J. R. Taylor, Rev. Phys. Appl. 22, 1651 (1987).
[CrossRef]

P. M. W. French, J. A. R. Williams, J. R. Taylor, Opt. Lett. 12, 684 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, A. Dienes, Appl. Phys. Lett. 21, 348 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Discuss. Faraday Soc. (1)

T. Förster, Discuss. Faraday Soc. 27, 7 (1959).
[CrossRef]

Heterocycles (1)

R. Raue, H. Harnisch, K. H. Drexhage, Heterocycles 21, 167 (1984).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. H. C. New, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-10, 115 (1974).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Rev. Phys. Appl. (1)

P. M. W. French, J. A. R. Williams, J. R. Taylor, Rev. Phys. Appl. 22, 1651 (1987).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Tuning range of the cw Pyridin 1–Rhodamine 800 energy-transfer dye laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic of five-mirror passively mode-locked dye-laser cavity.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Structural formula and absorption profile of neocyanine. The hatched region represents the tuning range in which sub-500-fsec pulses were generated.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Autocorrelation profiles obtained at wavelengths centered at (a) 783 nm and (b) 815 nm, the extremes of the passive mode-locked tuning range.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Autocorrelation trace of 260-fsec pulses obtained at 814 nm.

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