Abstract

An additive-pulse mode-locked Nd:YAG laser is studied experimentally and numerically. We observe dynamic instabilities such as period doubling, quasi-periodicity, and high-dimensional chaos. Dependence on control parameters such as peak nonlinear phase shift and cavity-length mismatch are discussed. We provide evidence for instabilities in the temporal profiles of the individual pulses.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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