Abstract

Self-starting of a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser has been demonstrated, without any additional elements other than those necessary for self-mode locking. This self-starting is attributed to a gain saturation lens, as with self-mode locking to a Kerr lens. I achieve the self-starting by optimizing and cascading the cavity loss modulation induced by the gain saturation lens and the Kerr lens. Stable pulses shorter than 100 fs in duration are obtained at a wavelength near 840 nm.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1991

1988

A. Sanchez, A. J. Strauss, R. L. Aggarwal, R. E. Fahey, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 995 (1988).
[CrossRef]

1975

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[CrossRef]

’tHooft, G. W.

Aggarwal, R. L.

A. Sanchez, A. J. Strauss, R. L. Aggarwal, R. E. Fahey, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 995 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Couilland, B.

L. Spinelli, B. Couilland, 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.

Cunningham, J. E.

Curley, P. E.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Goldblatt, N.

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Keller, U.

Knox, W. H.

Lai, M.

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Negus, D. K.

L. Spinelli, B. Couilland, 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.

Piché, M.

Privalov, V. E.

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Rizvi, N. H.

Salin, F.

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Sarukura, N.

N. Sarukura, Y. Ishida, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2134 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Sibbett, W.

Spence, D. E.

Spinelli, L.

L. Spinelli, B. Couilland, 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.

Strauss, A. J.

A. Sanchez, A. J. Strauss, R. L. Aggarwal, R. E. Fahey, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 995 (1988).
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Taylor, J. R.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

N. Sarukura, Y. Ishida, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2134 (1992).
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[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Sov. J. Quantum Electron.

V. E. Privalov, Yu. V. Filatov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 796 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Other

M. Lai, “Exploiting the optical Kerr effect as a passive mode locker for ultrashort pulse generation,” research proposal submitted forNewport Research Award, February1989.

L. Spinelli, B. Couilland, 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

Layout of the self-starting, self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser cavity.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Self-pulsing before self-mode locking, (b) the pulse train, and (c) the autocorrelation trace of the self-starting, self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Induced lens effect on the cavity mode structure: (a) a simplified cavity for analysis, (b) the effect of a pair of thin lenses induced within one confocal parameter zone, (c) the effect of a pair of thin lenses outside the zone.

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