Abstract

Stationary ultrashort light pulses of 10-psec duration and with an energy of 10 μJ per pulse were obtained from an active-passive mode-locked Nd:YAG laser by using a two-photon absorption limiter (GaAs) inserted into the resonator. The stability of energy in the steady-state part of the pulse train, containing approximately 90 pulses, is better than ±1.5%. The dynamics of the pulse-shortening mechanism are described, and it is shown that maximum pulse compression is reached after only approximately 10 round trips.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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