Abstract

We propose and theoretically investigate a novel operating regime of femtosecond Kerr-lens mode-locked solid-state lasers that avoids group-velocity dispersion compensation by use of a nonresonant semiconductor plate in the focused resonator section that provides an overall negative nonlinear refractive index per round trip. The saturable loss of the laser resonator with an effective self-defocusing nonlinearity is derived from a generalized ABCD matrix formalism, and the correspondingly calculated steady-state pulse parameters show that a Kerr-lens mode-locked laser with an overall negative nonlinear refractive index generates stable femtosecond pulses without any dispersion compensation.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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