Abstract

We describe a self-mode-locked diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF laser producing almost-bandwidth-limited tunable pulses of 34-fs duration at an average power of 42 mW. We discuss the capacity of this laser to produce even-shorter pulses and how their quality may be improved by reduction of pulse-duration limiting effects.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the experimental setup. M1–M4, mirrors; P1–P4, prisms; S1, S2, slits; D1, D2, laser diodes. L1a and L1b (f = 6.5 mm), L4a (f = 75 mm), and L4b (f = 90 mm) are spherical lenses, and L2a and L2b (f = 5mm), L3a (f = 100 mm), and L3b (f = 150 mm) are cylindrical lenses.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Autocorrelation and (b) simultaneous spectrum for a 34 fs pulse length while 42 mW of power is coupled out of the cavity, assuming a sech2 pulse shape.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Autocorrelation and (b) spectrum for broader-band oscillation with minimum output coupling. Note the structure in the wings of the autocorrelation and the spectrum. Because the pulse shape is not known the length given refers to the full width at half-maximum of the autocorrelation trace, but if a sech2 pulse deconvolution factor were used the length would be 19 fs.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Intraprism path length required for zero round-trip group-delay dispersion and TOD for a cavity containing a 6-mm Cr:LiSAF crystal and a 6.5-mm length of fused silica with a pair of Brewster-angled prisms.

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