Abstract

Pulses as short as 2.3 ps have been generated by passive mode locking of a lamp-pumped Nd:YLF laser with a microdot mirror mode locker for Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) saturable absorber action and a compact Gires–Tournois interferometer for dispersion compensation. KLM was initiated with an acousto-optic modulator. Average output powers of 800 mW have been achieved. This result demonstrates the potential use of KLM for generating near-bandwidth-limited pulses from high-power lamp-pumped sources.

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L. Spinelli, B. Couillaud, N. Goldblatt, D. K. Negus, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), paper CPDP7.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of lamp-pumped Nd:YLF laser cavity with a microdot mirror and a Gires–Tournois interferometer. The pattern of high-reflectivity dots on the microdot mirror is enlarged in the inset.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Autocorrelation of a typical pulse. The pulse duration is 2.25 ps, assuming a sech2 pulse shape. SHG, second-harmonic generation.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Differential change in laser mode size at the highly reflecting microdot as a function of intracavity peak power. The estimated peak power in the laser is 90 kW, resulting in a mode area decrease of approximately 24% from the low-power value.

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