Abstract

We have constructed a laser system for performing pump-probe experiments with independently tunable pump and probe pulses. The cross correlation between the two pulses, which determines the resolution of the system, is measured to be 150 fs. This system uses two regeneratively mode-locked Ti:sapphire lasers with slightly different repetition rates and automatically scans the time delay between the pump and probe lasers 80 times per second.

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  9. In a regeneratively mode-locked laser the drive signal to the acousto-optic modulator is derived directly from the laser. Thus as the cavity length changes, the drive signal follows automatically.

1992 (2)

1987 (1)

1986 (1)

J. D. Kafka, T. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 2 (1986).

1983 (1)

J. M. Clemens, J. Najbar, I. Bronstein-Bonte, R. M. Hochstrasser, Opt. Commun. 47, 271 (1983);T. Juhasz, J. Kuhl, W. E. Bron, Opt. Lett. 13, 577 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1978 (1)

R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 41 (1978);J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 470 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Baer, T.

J. D. Kafka, T. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 2 (1986).

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, J. W. Pieterse, “Picosecond and femtosecond pulse generation in a regeneratively mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser,”; IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

Beisser, F. A.

Bronstein-Bonte, I.

J. M. Clemens, J. Najbar, I. Bronstein-Bonte, R. M. Hochstrasser, Opt. Commun. 47, 271 (1983);T. Juhasz, J. Kuhl, W. E. Bron, Opt. Lett. 13, 577 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Clemens, J. M.

J. M. Clemens, J. Najbar, I. Bronstein-Bonte, R. M. Hochstrasser, Opt. Commun. 47, 271 (1983);T. Juhasz, J. Kuhl, W. E. Bron, Opt. Lett. 13, 577 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Elzinga, P. A.

Evans, J. M.

D. E. Spence, W. E. Sleat, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, J. D. Kafka, in Digest of Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena VIII (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, 1992), paper TuC9.

Fu, Q.

Heritage, J. P.

R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 41 (1978);J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 470 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Hochstrasser, R. M.

J. M. Clemens, J. Najbar, I. Bronstein-Bonte, R. M. Hochstrasser, Opt. Commun. 47, 271 (1983);T. Juhasz, J. Kuhl, W. E. Bron, Opt. Lett. 13, 577 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Jain, R. K.

R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 41 (1978);J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 470 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Jiang, Y.

Kafka, J. D.

J. D. Kafka, T. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 2 (1986).

D. E. Spence, W. E. Sleat, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, J. D. Kafka, in Digest of Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena VIII (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, 1992), paper TuC9.

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, J. W. Pieterse, “Picosecond and femtosecond pulse generation in a regeneratively mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser,”; IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

King, G. B.

Kneisler, R. J.

Knox, W. H.

Laurendeau, N. M.

Lytle, F. E.

Mak, G.

Najbar, J.

J. M. Clemens, J. Najbar, I. Bronstein-Bonte, R. M. Hochstrasser, Opt. Commun. 47, 271 (1983);T. Juhasz, J. Kuhl, W. E. Bron, Opt. Lett. 13, 577 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sibbett, W.

D. E. Spence, W. E. Sleat, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, J. D. Kafka, in Digest of Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena VIII (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, 1992), paper TuC9.

Sleat, W. E.

D. E. Spence, W. E. Sleat, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, J. D. Kafka, in Digest of Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena VIII (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, 1992), paper TuC9.

Spence, D. E.

D. E. Spence, W. E. Sleat, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, J. D. Kafka, in Digest of Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena VIII (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, 1992), paper TuC9.

van Driel, H. M.

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, J. W. Pieterse, “Picosecond and femtosecond pulse generation in a regeneratively mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser,”; IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

R. K. Jain, J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 41 (1978);J. P. Heritage, Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 470 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. M. Clemens, J. Najbar, I. Bronstein-Bonte, R. M. Hochstrasser, Opt. Commun. 47, 271 (1983);T. Juhasz, J. Kuhl, W. E. Bron, Opt. Lett. 13, 577 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. (1)

J. D. Kafka, T. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 2 (1986).

Other (3)

D. E. Spence, W. E. Sleat, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, J. D. Kafka, in Digest of Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena VIII (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, 1992), paper TuC9.

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, J. W. Pieterse, “Picosecond and femtosecond pulse generation in a regeneratively mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser,”; IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (to be published).

In a regeneratively mode-locked laser the drive signal to the acousto-optic modulator is derived directly from the laser. Thus as the cavity length changes, the drive signal follows automatically.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental configuration for SOS.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Oscilloscope traces with the experimental signal shown in the upper traces and the start signal shown in the lower traces. (a) No calibration étalon, (b) a 50-μm étalon that gives an 80-fs delay, (c) a 200-μm étalon that gives a 320-fs delay.

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