Abstract

We demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, operation of a holographic laser oscillator that uses laser-pumped Ti:sapphire (Ti<sup>3+</sup> : Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub>) as the gain medium. The device is self-starting and self-adaptive by virtue of spontaneous gain-grating formation. We present experimental results of the system that include gain-switched pulses of 25–60-ns duration in a TEM<sub>00</sub> mode and as much as 11 mJ of output energy from a plane output coupler and 47 mJ from an intracavity polarizer port.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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