Abstract

It is demonstrated that the incorporation of an acousto-optic modulator within the cavity of a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser can lead to self-starting and stable generation of pulses that have durations of 60 fs when the acousto-optic device is driven regeneratively from the laser output. Data are also presented that show that the application of cavity-frequency locking techniques dramatically improves the phase noise characteristics of the mode-locked laser.

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  1. J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
  8. J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical. Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB3.
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    [CrossRef]
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1991 (1)

1989 (1)

M. J. W. Rodwell, D. M. Bloom, K. J. Weingarten, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 817 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1986 (1)

D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 39, 201 (1986).
[CrossRef]

1968 (1)

G. R. Huggett, Appl. Phys. Lett. 13, 186 (1968).
[CrossRef]

’tHooft, G. W.

G. W. ’tHooft, U. Keller, W. H. Knox, J. E. Cunningham, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washing-ton, D.C., 1991), paper JMA6.

Baer, T.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
[CrossRef]

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical. Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB3.

Bloom, D. M.

M. J. W. Rodwell, D. M. Bloom, K. J. Weingarten, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 817 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Couillaud, B.

L. Spinelli, B. Couillaud, N. Goldblatt, D. K. Negus, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), CPDP7.

Crust, D. W.

D. R. Walker, D. W. Crust, W. E. Sleat, W. Sibbett, “Reduction of phase noise in passively mode-locked lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

Cunningham, J. E.

G. W. ’tHooft, U. Keller, W. H. Knox, J. E. Cunningham, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washing-ton, D.C., 1991), paper JMA6.

Goldblatt, N.

L. Spinelli, B. Couillaud, N. Goldblatt, D. K. Negus, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), CPDP7.

Huggett, G. R.

G. R. Huggett, Appl. Phys. Lett. 13, 186 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Ishida, Y.

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB2.

Kafka, J. D.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
[CrossRef]

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical. Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB3.

Kean, P. N.

D. E. Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper CPDP10; Opt. Lett. 16, 42 (1991).
[PubMed]

Keirstead, M. S.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

G. W. ’tHooft, U. Keller, W. H. Knox, J. E. Cunningham, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washing-ton, D.C., 1991), paper JMA6.

Knox, W. H.

G. W. ’tHooft, U. Keller, W. H. Knox, J. E. Cunningham, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washing-ton, D.C., 1991), paper JMA6.

Nakano, H.

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB2.

Negus, D. K.

L. Spinelli, B. Couillaud, N. Goldblatt, D. K. Negus, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), CPDP7.

Roach, D. L.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
[CrossRef]

Rodwell, M. J. W.

M. J. W. Rodwell, D. M. Bloom, K. J. Weingarten, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 817 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Sarukura, N.

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB2.

Schaaf, H. W.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
[CrossRef]

Sibbett, W.

D. E. Spence, W. Sibbett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 2053 (1991).
[CrossRef]

D. E. Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper CPDP10; Opt. Lett. 16, 42 (1991).
[PubMed]

D. R. Walker, D. W. Crust, W. E. Sleat, W. Sibbett, “Reduction of phase noise in passively mode-locked lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

Sleat, W. E.

D. R. Walker, D. W. Crust, W. E. Sleat, W. Sibbett, “Reduction of phase noise in passively mode-locked lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

Spence, D. E.

D. E. Spence, W. Sibbett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 2053 (1991).
[CrossRef]

D. E. Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper CPDP10; Opt. Lett. 16, 42 (1991).
[PubMed]

Spinelli, L.

L. Spinelli, B. Couillaud, N. Goldblatt, D. K. Negus, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), CPDP7.

von der Linde, D.

D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 39, 201 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Walker, D. R.

D. R. Walker, D. W. Crust, W. E. Sleat, W. Sibbett, “Reduction of phase noise in passively mode-locked lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

Watts, M. L.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical. Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB3.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
[CrossRef]

Weingarten, K. J.

M. J. W. Rodwell, D. M. Bloom, K. J. Weingarten, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 817 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

D. von der Linde, Appl. Phys. B 39, 201 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

G. R. Huggett, Appl. Phys. Lett. 13, 186 (1968).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

M. J. W. Rodwell, D. M. Bloom, K. J. Weingarten, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 817 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Other (7)

D. E. Spence, P. N. Kean, W. Sibbett, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), paper CPDP10; Opt. Lett. 16, 42 (1991).
[PubMed]

Y. Ishida, N. Sarukura, H. Nakano, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB2.

G. W. ’tHooft, U. Keller, W. H. Knox, J. E. Cunningham, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washing-ton, D.C., 1991), paper JMA6.

L. Spinelli, B. Couillaud, N. Goldblatt, D. K. Negus, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), CPDP7.

D. R. Walker, D. W. Crust, W. E. Sleat, W. Sibbett, “Reduction of phase noise in passively mode-locked lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, T. Baer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical. Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper JMB3.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, D. L. Roach, M. S. Keirstead, H. W. Schaaf, T. Baer, Ultrafast Phenomena VII, Vol. 53 of Springer Series in Chemical Physics, C. B. Harris, E. P. Ippen, G. A. Mourou, A. H. Zewail, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), p. 66.
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram showing the laser cavity configuration and the modulator driver. M’s, mirrors; P’s, prisms.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Intensity and interferometric autocorrelation traces together with spectral data for the laser output.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Single-sideband phase-noise spectral density calculated using the fundamental and the 10th harmonic.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Single-sideband phase-noise spectral density, calculated using the fundamental and the 20th harmonic, of the cavity-frequency-locked laser.

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