Abstract

We report on the cavity-length detuning characteristics of a synchronously pumped femtosecond linear-resonator cw dye laser. The severe cavity-matching requirement (to within 0.2 μm) for optimum short-pulse generation is addressed by an active cavity-length stabilization scheme based on second-harmonic generation. This allows pulses ~100 fsec in duration to be maintained for periods of several hours.

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1987

1986

J. Chesnoy, L. Fini, Opt. Lett. 11, 635 (1986).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Dobler, H. H. Schulz, W. Zinth, Opt. Commun. 57, 407 (1986).
[CrossRef]

1985

D. Kuhlke, U. Herpers, D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 38, 233 (1985).
[CrossRef]

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

1984

1983

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

1982

P. G. May, W. Sibbett, K. Smith, J. R. Taylor, J. P. Willson, Opt. Commun. 42, 285 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1981

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

S. L. Shapiro, R. R. Cavanagh, J. C. Stephenson, Opt. Lett. 6, 470 (1981).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1979

C. P. Auschnitt, R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 912 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Auschnitt, C. P.

C. P. Auschnitt, R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 912 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Baer, T. M.

T. M. Baer, D. D. Smith, in Ultrafast Phenomena IV, D. H. Auston, K. B. Eisenthal, eds., Vol. 33 of Series in Chemical Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1984), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

Boggess, T. F.

Cavanagh, R. R.

Chesnoy, J.

Dawson, M. D.

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, D. W. Garvey, A. L. Smirl, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 290 (1987).
[CrossRef]

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, A. L. Smirl, Opt. Lett. 12, 590 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, A. L. Smirl, Opt. Lett. 12, 254 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Maxson, M. D. Dawson, A. L. Smirl, “Active cavity length stabilizer for a synchronously pumped femtosecond cw dye laser,” to be submitted to Rev. Sci. Instrum.

Diels, J.-C.

Dobler, J.

J. Dobler, H. H. Schulz, W. Zinth, Opt. Commun. 57, 407 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Duling, I. N.

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

Fini, L.

Fork, R. L.

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. Quantum Electron. QE-19, 506 (1983).

Garvey, D. W.

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, D. W. Garvey, A. L. Smirl, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 290 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Greene, B. I.

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

Heritage, J. P.

C. P. Auschnitt, R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 912 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Herpers, U.

D. Kuhlke, U. Herpers, D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 38, 233 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Jain, R. K.

C. P. Auschnitt, R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 912 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Kafka, J. D.

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

Knox, W. H.

W. H. Knox, in Digest of Topical Meeting on Ultrafast Phenomena (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1986), postdeadline paper WD-6.

Kuhlke, D.

D. Kuhlke, U. Herpers, D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 38, 233 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Leonhardt, R.

Maxson, D.

D. Maxson, M. D. Dawson, A. L. Smirl, “Active cavity length stabilizer for a synchronously pumped femtosecond cw dye laser,” to be submitted to Rev. Sci. Instrum.

May, P. G.

P. G. May, W. Sibbett, K. Smith, J. R. Taylor, J. P. Willson, Opt. Commun. 42, 285 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

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

Nuss, M. C.

Schulz, H. H.

J. Dobler, H. H. Schulz, W. Zinth, Opt. Commun. 57, 407 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Shank, C. V.

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

Shapiro, S. L.

Sibbett, W.

P. G. May, W. Sibbett, K. Smith, J. R. Taylor, J. P. Willson, Opt. Commun. 42, 285 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Sizer, T.

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

Smirl, A. L.

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, A. L. Smirl, Opt. Lett. 12, 254 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, A. L. Smirl, Opt. Lett. 12, 590 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, D. W. Garvey, A. L. Smirl, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 290 (1987).
[CrossRef]

D. Maxson, M. D. Dawson, A. L. Smirl, “Active cavity length stabilizer for a synchronously pumped femtosecond cw dye laser,” to be submitted to Rev. Sci. Instrum.

Smith, D. D.

T. M. Baer, D. D. Smith, in Ultrafast Phenomena IV, D. H. Auston, K. B. Eisenthal, eds., Vol. 33 of Series in Chemical Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1984), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

Smith, K.

P. G. May, W. Sibbett, K. Smith, J. R. Taylor, J. P. Willson, Opt. Commun. 42, 285 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Stephenson, J. C.

Taylor, J. R.

P. G. May, W. Sibbett, K. Smith, J. R. Taylor, J. P. Willson, Opt. Commun. 42, 285 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Torti, R.

Vanherzeele, H.

von der Linde, D.

D. Kuhlke, U. Herpers, D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 38, 233 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Willson, J. P.

P. G. May, W. Sibbett, K. Smith, J. R. Taylor, J. P. Willson, Opt. Commun. 42, 285 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Zinth, W.

J. Dobler, H. H. Schulz, W. Zinth, Opt. Commun. 57, 407 (1986).
[CrossRef]

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

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. B

D. Kuhlke, U. Herpers, D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 38, 233 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

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

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

C. P. Auschnitt, R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 912 (1979).
[CrossRef]

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

M. D. Dawson, T. F. Boggess, D. W. Garvey, A. L. Smirl, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 290 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

J. Dobler, H. H. Schulz, W. Zinth, Opt. Commun. 57, 407 (1986).
[CrossRef]

P. G. May, W. Sibbett, K. Smith, J. R. Taylor, J. P. Willson, Opt. Commun. 42, 285 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

Photon Control Ltd., Cambridge, UK, manufacturer’s data sheet.

D. Maxson, M. D. Dawson, A. L. Smirl, “Active cavity length stabilizer for a synchronously pumped femtosecond cw dye laser,” to be submitted to Rev. Sci. Instrum.

T. M. Baer, D. D. Smith, in Ultrafast Phenomena IV, D. H. Auston, K. B. Eisenthal, eds., Vol. 33 of Series in Chemical Physics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1984), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

W. H. Knox, in Digest of Topical Meeting on Ultrafast Phenomena (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1986), postdeadline paper WD-6.

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Figures (2)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Background-free SHG autocorrelations and corresponding time-integrated spectra as a function of cavity mismatch.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

SHG intensity versus cavity-length detuning around ΔX = 0 (from an oscillograph).

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