Abstract

Subpicosecond pulses were obtained from a KCl:Na+:O2 color-center laser, an improvement in pulse width over previous results by 1 order of magnitude. This was achieved through the use of 12-ps pump pulses produced in an additive-pulse mode-locked Nd:YAG laser.

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1993 (2)

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, H. Welling, in Frontiers in Nonlinear Optics (Institute of Physics, Bristol, UK, 1993), pp. 240-260.

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, M. Ostermeyer, C. Fallnich, H. Welling, Appl. Phys. B 56, 335 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1991 (2)

W. Gellermann, J. Phys. Chem. Solids 52, 249 (1991).
[CrossRef]

K. Möllmann, F. Mitschke, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 83, 177 (1991).
[CrossRef]

1989 (3)

1988 (1)

S. Kelly, G. H. C. New, D. Wood, Appl. Phys. B 47, 349 (1988).
[CrossRef]

1987 (2)

1985 (1)

1978 (1)

C. P. Ausschnitt, R. K. Jain, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 727 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Ausschnitt, C. P.

C. P. Ausschnitt, R. K. Jain, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 727 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Beigang, R.

T. Kurobori, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, H. Welling, Opt. Commun. 73, 365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Diels, J. C.

J. C. Diels, in Dye Laser Principles, F. J. Duarte, L. W. Hillman, eds. (Academic, Boston, Mass., 1990), p. 111.

Fallnich, C.

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, M. Ostermeyer, C. Fallnich, H. Welling, Appl. Phys. B 56, 335 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Gellermann, W.

W. Gellermann, J. Phys. Chem. Solids 52, 249 (1991).
[CrossRef]

K. Möllmann, F. Mitschke, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 83, 177 (1991).
[CrossRef]

D. Wandt, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 61, 405 (1987).
[CrossRef]

K. Möllmann, W. Gellermann, H. Welling, in Digest of International Conference on Quantum Electronics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper MoD4.

Haus, H. A.

Ippen, E. P.

Jain, R. K.

C. P. Ausschnitt, R. K. Jain, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 727 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Johnson, A. M.

Kelly, S.

S. Kelly, G. H. C. New, D. Wood, Appl. Phys. B 47, 349 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Kurobori, T.

T. Kurobori, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, H. Welling, Opt. Commun. 73, 365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Liu, L. Y.

Mitschke, F.

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, M. Ostermeyer, C. Fallnich, H. Welling, Appl. Phys. B 56, 335 (1993).
[CrossRef]

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, H. Welling, in Frontiers in Nonlinear Optics (Institute of Physics, Bristol, UK, 1993), pp. 240-260.

K. Möllmann, F. Mitschke, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 83, 177 (1991).
[CrossRef]

F. Mitschke, L. F. Mollenauer, Opt. Lett. 12, 407 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mollenauer, L. F.

Möllmann, K.

K. Möllmann, F. Mitschke, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 83, 177 (1991).
[CrossRef]

K. Möllmann, W. Gellermann, H. Welling, in Digest of International Conference on Quantum Electronics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper MoD4.

Nebel, A.

T. Kurobori, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, H. Welling, Opt. Commun. 73, 365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Neumann, E.-G.

E.-G. Neumann, Single Mode Fibers (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1988), pp. 124, 175.

New, G. H. C.

S. Kelly, G. H. C. New, D. Wood, Appl. Phys. B 47, 349 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Ostermeyer, M.

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, M. Ostermeyer, C. Fallnich, H. Welling, Appl. Phys. B 56, 335 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Pinto, J. F.

Pollock, C. R.

Simpson, W. M.

Steinmeyer, G.

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, M. Ostermeyer, C. Fallnich, H. Welling, Appl. Phys. B 56, 335 (1993).
[CrossRef]

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, H. Welling, in Frontiers in Nonlinear Optics (Institute of Physics, Bristol, UK, 1993), pp. 240-260.

Wandt, D.

D. Wandt, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 61, 405 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Weber, M. J.

M. J. Weber, CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology (CRC, Boca Raton, Fla., 1986), p. 271.

Welling, H.

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, M. Ostermeyer, C. Fallnich, H. Welling, Appl. Phys. B 56, 335 (1993).
[CrossRef]

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, H. Welling, in Frontiers in Nonlinear Optics (Institute of Physics, Bristol, UK, 1993), pp. 240-260.

T. Kurobori, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, H. Welling, Opt. Commun. 73, 365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

K. Möllmann, W. Gellermann, H. Welling, in Digest of International Conference on Quantum Electronics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper MoD4.

Wood, D.

S. Kelly, G. H. C. New, D. Wood, Appl. Phys. B 47, 349 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Yakymyshyn, C.

Appl. Phys. B (2)

S. Kelly, G. H. C. New, D. Wood, Appl. Phys. B 47, 349 (1988).
[CrossRef]

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, M. Ostermeyer, C. Fallnich, H. Welling, Appl. Phys. B 56, 335 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

C. P. Ausschnitt, R. K. Jain, Appl. Phys. Lett. 32, 727 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Frontiers in Nonlinear Optics (1)

F. Mitschke, G. Steinmeyer, H. Welling, in Frontiers in Nonlinear Optics (Institute of Physics, Bristol, UK, 1993), pp. 240-260.

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

J. Phys. Chem. Solids (1)

W. Gellermann, J. Phys. Chem. Solids 52, 249 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (3)

T. Kurobori, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, H. Welling, Opt. Commun. 73, 365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

D. Wandt, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 61, 405 (1987).
[CrossRef]

K. Möllmann, F. Mitschke, W. Gellermann, Opt. Commun. 83, 177 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (5)

E.-G. Neumann, Single Mode Fibers (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1988), pp. 124, 175.

R. J. Pressley, ed., CRC Handbook of Lasers (Chemical Rubber, Cleveland, Ohio, 1971), p. 54.

J. C. Diels, in Dye Laser Principles, F. J. Duarte, L. W. Hillman, eds. (Academic, Boston, Mass., 1990), p. 111.

M. J. Weber, CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology (CRC, Boca Raton, Fla., 1986), p. 271.

K. Möllmann, W. Gellermann, H. Welling, in Digest of International Conference on Quantum Electronics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper MoD4.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Tuning behavior of synchronously pumped color-center output pulse width. Squares, 100-ps pump pulse width, with sapphire prism tuning and no dry-nitrogen purging; triangles, 12-ps pump pulse width with birefringent tuner plate; filled circles, 12-ps pump pulse width with SF18 prism tuning.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic of the color-center laser setup. LN2, liquid-nitrogen storage tank; XTAL, color-center crystal; D, optical diode; L, lens; λ/2's, half-wave retarders; BTP, birefringent tuner plate; P, SF18 prism (note that BTP and P are used alternately, not at the same time); M1, high-reflecting mirror; M4, dichroic mirror; M5, output coupler with 22% transmission; M2 and M3, high reflectors with 75-mm radii of curvature.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Autocorrelation traces of pulses from the color-center laser with the use of a birefringent tuner plate (dotted curve) and tuned with an SF18 prism (solid curve). For deconvolution, a sech2 pulse shape is assumed.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spectrum of pulses from the color-center laser with a birefringent tuner plate, obtained with a scanning Fabry–Perot interferometer with a 1.0-THz free spectral range and a finesse of ≈100.

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