Abstract

Femtosecond and picosecond operating regimes of an argon-ion-pumped Cr3+:LiSrAlF6 laser, passively mode locked using a saturable absorber, are described. At low absorber concentrations, self-starting cw mode locking is demonstrated, which yields pulses as short as 33 fs after extracavity prism compensation. At higher concentrations, both cw mode-locked and Q-switched mode-locked operation is possible. The significance of the recovery time of the absorber is discussed.

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S. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).

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G. H. C. New, D. H. Rea, J. Appl. Phys. 47, 3107 (1976).

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E. G. Lariontsev, V. N. Serkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 796 (1975).

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

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G. J. Dixon, Q. Zhang, B. H. T. Chai, in Digest of Sixth Interdisciplinary Laser Science Conference (American Physical Society, New York, 1990), paper B3-1.

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French, P. M. W.

Goldblatt, N.

D. K. Negus, L. Spinelli, N. Goldblatt, G. Feugnet, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 10 of OSA Proceedings Series,G. Dubé, L. Chase, eds. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 120.

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LiKamWa, P.

A. Miller, P. LiKamWa, B. Chai, E. Van Stryland, Opt. Lett. 17, 195 (1992).

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Mcintosh, J. W.

Miller, A.

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S. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051 (1989).

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Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

E. G. Lariontsev, V. N. Serkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 796 (1975).

Other (4)

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G. J. Dixon, Q. Zhang, B. H. T. Chai, in Digest of Sixth Interdisciplinary Laser Science Conference (American Physical Society, New York, 1990), paper B3-1.

A. Miller, P. LiKamWa, B. Chai, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, in Digest of Ultrafast Phenomena VIII (Ecole Polytechnique/ENSTA, Palaiseau, France, 1992), postdeadline paper FC 34.

D. K. Negus, L. Spinelli, N. Goldblatt, G. Feugnet, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 10 of OSA Proceedings Series,G. Dubé, L. Chase, eds. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 120.

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Fig. 1

Schematic of laser cavity.

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Fig. 2

(a) Interferometric autocorrelation and (b) associated spectrum of typical output of a dispersion-compensated passively mode-locked laser.

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