Abstract

We have demonstrated stable and self-sustaining Kerr-lens mode locking of a Cr:LiSGAF laser pumped by AlGaInP laser diodes. A hard aperture near one end of the laser provides the necessary amplitude modulation. This all-solid-state system generates transform-limited 100-fs pulses, tunable from 810 to 860 nm. The average power at 830 nm is 35 mW, with fluctuations of much less than 1%. The thermal properties of Cr:LiSGAF will permit scaling of these results to higher power.

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I. T. Sorokina, E. Sorokin, E. Wintner, A. Cassanho, H. P. Jenssen, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe ’94 (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CThN3.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the laser. M1, M2, M4, cavity mirrors; L1, L2, pump-beam focusing lenses; P1, P2, prisms; S, slit; M3, output coupler. The focal lengths of L1 and L2 are 20 and 12 cm, respectively.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Typical (a) interferometric autocorrelation and (b) power spectrum of the mode-locked Cr:LiSGAF laser.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Oscilloscope trace of pulse train detected by a fast photodiode.

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