Abstract

We have measured the evolution of the gain (Rhodamine) and absorber (DODCI) dyes inside a cw mode-locked dye laser. The recovery time of each dye after the passage of the intracavity pulse was much longer than 1 psec. However, a probe pulse passing through one dye and then through the other dye experienced a net gain that lasted only ~1 psec, the duration of the pulse. The results are consistent with the mechanism of pulse formation in a dye laser mode locked by a slow saturable absorber proposed by New and Haus [IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-10, 115 (1974); QE-11, 736 (1975)].

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  1. E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, A. Dienes, Appl. Phys. Lett. 21, 348 (1972).
    [CrossRef]
  2. C. V. Shank, E. P. Ippen, in Dye Lasers, F. P. Schäfer, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 121.
  3. G. H. C. New, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-10, 115 (1974).
    [CrossRef]
  4. H. A. Haus, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 736 (1975).
    [CrossRef]
  5. I. S. Ruddock, D. J. Bradley, Appl. Phys. Lett. 29, 296 (1976).
    [CrossRef]
  6. R. L. Fork, B. I. Greene, C. V. Shank, Appl. Phys. Lett. 38, 671 (1981).
    [CrossRef]
  7. J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 3 (1985).
    [CrossRef]
  8. E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, in Ultrashort Light Pulses, S. L. Shapiro, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 83.

1985 (1)

J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 3 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1981 (1)

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

1976 (1)

I. S. Ruddock, D. J. Bradley, Appl. Phys. Lett. 29, 296 (1976).
[CrossRef]

1975 (1)

H. A. Haus, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 736 (1975).
[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]

Bradley, D. J.

I. S. Ruddock, D. J. Bradley, Appl. Phys. Lett. 29, 296 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Dienes, A.

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

Fork, R. L.

J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 3 (1985).
[CrossRef]

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

Gordon, J. P.

J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 3 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Greene, B. I.

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

Haus, H. A.

H. A. Haus, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 736 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

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

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, in Ultrashort Light Pulses, S. L. Shapiro, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 83.

C. V. Shank, E. P. Ippen, in Dye Lasers, F. P. Schäfer, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 121.

New, G. H. C.

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

Ruddock, I. S.

I. S. Ruddock, D. J. Bradley, Appl. Phys. Lett. 29, 296 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Shank, C. V.

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

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

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, in Ultrashort Light Pulses, S. L. Shapiro, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 83.

C. V. Shank, E. P. Ippen, in Dye Lasers, F. P. Schäfer, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 121.

Valdmanis, J. A.

J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 3 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (3)

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

I. S. Ruddock, D. J. Bradley, Appl. Phys. Lett. 29, 296 (1976).
[CrossRef]

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

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

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

H. A. Haus, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 736 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, J. P. Gordon, Opt. Lett. 10, 3 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank, in Ultrashort Light Pulses, S. L. Shapiro, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 83.

C. V. Shank, E. P. Ippen, in Dye Lasers, F. P. Schäfer, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), p. 121.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup.

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Fig. 2

Transmission through (a) the absorber dye (DODCI) alone, (b) the gain dye (Rhodamine 590) alone, and (c) the absorber dye and then through the gain dye.

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