Abstract

We describe self-starting passive mode locking of a cw inhomogeneously broadened laser and compare its characteristics with those of a passively mode-locked homogeneously broadened laser using different Nd-doped glasses as the active material. Broadband gain media with homogeneously broadened transitions are found to be superior to those broadened inhomogeneously for passively mode-locked lasers.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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